Acing Your Interview Presentation


As I apply for jobs and am eventually invited for on-campus interviews (thank goodness), I have the added task of preparing for the interview presentation. Often, in higher education positions, the search committee will ask that applicants give a short presentation on a given topic. As if an in-person interview wasn’t stressful enough! However, according to some great advice from, this is an excellent way to “express your enthusiasm and excitement about librarianship and to demonstrate your oral communication skills.”


I recently interviewed for a non-library position in an allied field (support staff for an academic department), and was asked to give a 20-minute presentation ‘on powerpoint.’ I was initially concerned that talking for 20 minutes about this extremely broad topic might result in something painfully boring. My first thought was how I was going to make this presentation interesting, engaging, and most of all relevant to the job for…

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