Interview presentation Summarized and edited Zhiqing Liu (Critical slides…
Summarized and edited Zhiqing Liu
Slides to separate sections: title, mentor, affiliation and collaborations (important!!).
Background slides: basic knowledge, broad to specific, clear figures and balance visual with text.
Presentation goal page: Restate your skills (both technical and soft) and competencies according to JD.
Connecting slides: make your presentation easy to follow.
Outline page: time distribution, project and affiliations.
Slides to demonstrate your problem-solving skills: raise a question and discuss how you solve the problem. Do not spell out "problem" and "solution".
Title page: real title, your name, position, company, date and location.
Summary slide: help your audience to digest.
Collaboration slide: highlight this after data to show your collaborative nature.
Accomplishments page: skills you gained, contribution you made, publications, conferences, grants and awards. (may in the form of timeline)
Acknowledgements: focus on collaborators instead of grants.
How to behave
Watch your speech speed.
Talk to your audience, not slides. (Eye contact!)
First impression: smile, eye contact, firm handshaking and say hi.
Make your slides style simple.
Carefully choose your data (the most relevant data to your targeted position).
Bring in data one at a time.
Key points in principle
Industry interview is to sell yourself, while academia interview is to sell your research.
Showcase your skills including technical skills, problem solving skills, collaborative nature, communication skills and ability to meet deadlines
What I would like to add
The slides to show your problem-solving skills: logically list how many ways you tried, why some of them failed, what you've learnt and finally how did you succeed to solve it.
Avoid filler words; Use powerful body language; Always keep eye contact.
The slide you generate your hypothesis: important to show your critical thinking skill.