Course review: Presentations for interviews: practice and feedback
4 May 2012
By course attendee Dr Karl Smith, Research Associate (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Why did you go on the course?
Delivering presentations is increasingly becoming a standard part of job interviews. My research contract is nearing its end, so I’m currently immersed in the job application and interview process. My key aspiration was that this course would help to maximise my recruitment prospects.
What did you learn?
I received some very constructive feedback on how I could address the weaker aspects of my presentation approach and delivery. Watching and, moreover, critiquing the other attendees’ practice presentations gave me a strong grasp of what should engage an assessment panel.
What element of the course did you find the most helpful?
A crucial element was that each presentation was filmed. Consequently, we could watch video playbacks of our performances: this gave us a revealing insight into our individual tics, some of which were shown to be alarmingly distracting. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this course to fellow postdocs pursuing gainful future employment.