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2008/05/14 19:35:27 (permalink)

Job interview presentation - advice needed

Hi Chaps,

Got an interview next week for a job as a web designer.

I have to do a 10 minute presentation, where I have to mock up a web page and explain how, what and why I've designed it the way I have.

Problem is how to communicate my ideas, in the letter they sent me they say Powerpoint is available. I really dont want to use PP as I think its a load of bollox.

I'm much rather upload a few webpages and use those instead - a simple bulleted list showing the main points of my design, and then a page showing the actual design itself, nice and simple. I could put these on a memory stick just incase the internet connection goes down or other such problems.

What do you guys think, is that adequate enough?

How would you put across your ideas? Would you use PP?

Cheers!

Matt
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    RE: Job interview presentation - advice needed 2008/05/14 19:37:27 (permalink)
    I personally would use PP. Whack screen shots of your design on it and annotate?
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    RE: Job interview presentation - advice needed 2008/05/14 19:52:38 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: muscleman2008

    I personally would use PP. Whack screen shots of your design on it and annotate?



    OK mte cheers.

    Would you show them the whole web page to start with, then follow with the annotated screenshots?

    Or perhaps I could not show screenshots, have a slide for each bullet point with an explanation, and then blast them with the design at the end?
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    RE: Job interview presentation - advice needed 2008/05/14 19:58:53 (permalink)
    How about hand outs of every page of your website? and then have a bullet point presentation.
    Or hand outs and a vocal presentation with no technology-very impressive but you have to be 100% confident.
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    RE: Job interview presentation - advice needed 2008/05/14 20:02:20 (permalink)
    I reckon everyone is bored stiff with bullet-point presentations.

    Is there some way you could wow them with something more, I dunno, dynamic?


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    RE: Job interview presentation - advice needed 2008/05/14 20:03:24 (permalink)
    my second option john lol. Do a davind cameron "unscripted" presentation!
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    RE: Job interview presentation - advice needed 2008/05/14 20:06:10 (permalink)
    It needn't be an unscripted seat-of-the-pants monologue, but rather a carefully considered and well-rehearsed discussion that makes the audience really think. I reckon bullet-points make people glaze over. It's tiresome to read lists on a screen when someone's talking about it anyway. And it can distract attention away from what's being said.


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    RE: Job interview presentation - advice needed 2008/05/14 20:06:42 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: muscleman2008

    How about hand outs of every page of your website? and then have a bullet point presentation.


    They only want to see a mock up of a redesign on their intranet homepage mate, not several pages.


    Or hand outs and a vocal presentation with no technology-very impressive but you have to be 100% confident.


    I want to use a big screen mate, they say pp is optional, just thinking about showing a bulleted list in html of the keypoints, I could just then use a browser to view it and project it onto the big screen, work through them one by one. Then I could show them a different page showing the mockup as it is.

    It would save any problems with PP versions, changing slides etc.

    What do you think mate?
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    RE: Job interview presentation - advice needed 2008/05/14 20:35:58 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: JohnKerr2

    It needn't be an unscripted seat-of-the-pants monologue, but rather a carefully considered and well-rehearsed discussion that makes the audience really think. I reckon bullet-points make people glaze over. It's tiresome to read lists on a screen when someone's talking about it anyway. And it can distract attention away from what's being said.




    Great thanks JK

    I could skip the bullet points, just show them the design and talk them through it?

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    RE: Job interview presentation - advice needed 2008/05/14 20:38:16 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: mattastic


    ORIGINAL: JohnKerr2

    It needn't be an unscripted seat-of-the-pants monologue, but rather a carefully considered and well-rehearsed discussion that makes the audience really think. I reckon bullet-points make people glaze over. It's tiresome to read lists on a screen when someone's talking about it anyway. And it can distract attention away from what's being said.



    Great thanks JK

    I could skip the bullet points, just show them the design and talk them through it?


    I reckon so.

    Practice till you can do the talk in your sleep and be as enthusiastic as you possibly can.

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    RE: Job interview presentation - advice needed 2008/05/14 20:39:41 (permalink)
    The best presentations I have ever seen haven't involved any form of slides, just a professor talking, engaging the audience and writing things on a noteboard/blackboard as and when required. As has been said, powerpoint is cliched and boring in many instances, so maybe do things as you feel they need to be done to get your unique individual ideas across. As its an interview for a job, you want to try and get across your uniqueness, so if a '8 bulletpoints a slide' powerpoint presentation isn't you, then do what is natural!

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    RE: Job interview presentation - advice needed 2008/05/14 20:43:42 (permalink)
    they probably arent wanting to be entertained just want to see how you desing and why you desing like you do so i think html would be fine. Loads of companies however do expect powerpoint or similar to be used as it is a good method of putting your point accross and takes some of the pressure off of having to learn things.
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