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I have been asked to prepare a five slide presentation on the benefits I would bring to the company I am interviewing with (what happened to a normal interview?!).

Aprt from loathing powerpoint myself I just don't know where to start, has anyone ever had to do this?

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I have been asked to prepare a five slide presentation on the benefits I would bring to the company I am interviewing with (what happened to a normal interview?!).

Aprt from loathing powerpoint myself I just don't know where to start, has anyone ever had to do this?

Not exactly for a job interview - what are you stuck on - the content or the presentation.

What level of job is it

is it a specialised field?

Give us a bit more.

On the powerpoint front, I favour plain white background and spinning cube transitions.

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Not exactly for a job interview - what are you stuck on - the content or the presentation.

What level of job is it

is it a specialised field?

Give us a bit more.

On the powerpoint front, I favour plain white background and spinning cube transitions.

Website manager, customer experience and marketing in retail. Rehashing the Cv seems to be a bit pointless, as they have that, and what I would actually do for them needs access to their full analytics and is very dependent on discussing with them.

Guess I could grab some pretty google analytics pics and mock up a jpeg of much improved banner ad? Gah!

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Oh God, the dreaded Death by Powerpoint spreading into the jobs market. If yo want to know how not to do it, have a look at the infamous Gettysburg Address Powerpoint version (apologies to all who've already seen it)

http://norvig.com/Gettysburg/

Ha ha, excellent.

I chatted to someone and they sent me an example - they had to do a fifteen slide twenty minute presentation for a job at the trade counter at a wholesaler serving the customers :(

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You've moved on from the tribunal then?

Oh yes, thank you! Advice to all, just tell your boss he is a ****, don't bother with the law.

Desperate for a job now, the CV is 98% top notch, I have updated all my SEM and analytics skills and I'm now ready, and getting some calls.

If I was to be true to myself for this interview I would refuse to do the powerpoint slides, it just is not a reference point I use or need.

The time wasting hoop jumping I am hearing of people having to go through for the most minor of jobs has actually blown my mind, the lower down the scale you go the worse it gets. I talked to someone who went through two interviews with two panels to get a waitressing job in a family run pub. There was someone who had to attend an all day activity and interview session for a job behind the counter at a bookies. Think they built a bridge out of paper straws or something.

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Oh yes, thank you! Advice to all, just tell your boss he is a ****, don't bother with the law.

Desperate for a job now, the CV is 98% top notch, I have updated all my SEM and analytics skills and I'm now ready, and getting some calls.

If I was to be true to myself for this interview I would refuse to do the powerpoint slides, it just is not a reference point I use or need.

The time wasting hoop jumping I am hearing of people having to go through for the most minor of jobs has actually blown my mind, the lower down the scale you go the worse it gets. I talked to someone who went through two interviews with two panels to get a waitressing job in a family run pub. There was someone who had to attend an all day activity and interview session for a job behind the counter at a bookies. Think they built a bridge out of paper straws or something.

This touches on something I wanted to start a separate thread on, but it seems pertinent here. Having been out of the "professional" jobs market in the UK for over ten years (time in Australia, more informal chats with the boss to get the job type selection), I too am blown away by the sheer amount of jumping through hoops required to get a job, even at quite a low level. Reading job descriptions is an art in itself - I know it's all self-serving bull$hit, but it seems that playing the game has become the end in itself, rather than a means to the end. If applying for the position is so utterly soul-destroying and pointless, what would the realities of the job be day to day? I think I'll stay out of the game, thanks very much, or rather, find another game to play.

When the "personnel" function became "human resources", a wet-dream for thousands upon thousands of admin-loving, self-serving bureaucrats was born.

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Oh yes, thank you! Advice to all, just tell your boss he is a ****, don't bother with the law.

What happened with that? Do you have a link to the forum topic, as I cannot seem to find it?

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Its all ******** but as it seems to cover everything.

Do a slide or two on SEO (i.e. bringing people to the site)

Then the rest on Conversion Optimisation (mention google analytics, mouseflow for tracking and watching visitors and read up on conversion-rate-experts.com).

That should more than cover what they want.

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What happened with that? Do you have a link to the forum topic, as I cannot seem to find it?

I lost, just got a months wages. There is a shedload wrong with the judgement, it is factaully inaccurate and I will seek case review and appeal...

Still, with the way he went about it I am told he spent circa £45K on his defence. I spent about £6K on the meat and bones of it.

At the end of it all, I would have rather called him ****. Still the comapny is pretty much dead now and it's reputation is the lowest it has ever been. Five staff left last year, there is only one tech and the prat that replaced me left.

Right, like a girl I am now just decorating my slides with pretty pictures. Wonder if there is a powerpoint version of green ink and glitter?

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What a loda of tosh. But if you have to do it.

SLIDE 1 - Title sheet - name , date , company etc..

SLIDE 2 - Basic intro of yourself, basic high level skills and experience. Not too much detail. You can add that verbally if you want. People dont want to see detail on powerpoints. They want big bullet points. I am sure they may be just as bored of all this shit as you are. Remember that. ;)

SLIDE 3 - Have a look at their website and annual docs - plans for future etc.. Pick out a few major ones to show you have researched what they have planned and perhaps give a few wee opinions under each one.

SLIDE 4 - The money shot. Link these major plans of the company and link in with the skills/experiences you mentioned on SLIDE 2. Keep it high level and simple. You can talk the detail if required. Make it look nice of course but I would not go overboard. Just my opinion though.

SLIDE 5 - Conclusion. High level. Couple of bullet points. Why they want you. Simple.

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I think that would flow pretty well. Then again it may be a pile of pish. :lol:

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I think that would flow pretty well. Then again it may be a pile of pish. :lol:

Blow me, a plan! Very grateful for this, show's I am halfway there but looking too mid level bunnyish. Less is more.

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This touches on something I wanted to start a separate thread on, but it seems pertinent here. Having been out of the "professional" jobs market in the UK for over ten years (time in Australia, more informal chats with the boss to get the job type selection), I too am blown away by the sheer amount of jumping through hoops required to get a job, even at quite a low level. Reading job descriptions is an art in itself - I know it's all self-serving bull$hit, but it seems that playing the game has become the end in itself, rather than a means to the end. If applying for the position is so utterly soul-destroying and pointless, what would the realities of the job be day to day? I think I'll stay out of the game, thanks very much, or rather, find another game to play.

When the "personnel" function became "human resources", a wet-dream for thousands upon thousands of admin-loving, self-serving bureaucrats was born.

Heh I applied for a job three days ago.... it said apply if you are looking for a decent role which is not just preparing accounts.

The agent phoned me up this morning and said the job will require accounts production..... why the hell did he advertise it as no accounts if he wanted me to do accounts.

HPC mods may not like it but agents should be put against the wall and shot.

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Blow me, a plan! Very grateful for this, show's I am halfway there but looking too mid level bunnyish. Less is more.

Nae probs. I knew my days of looking at dull powerpoints would come in handy eventually. :lol:

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I lost, just got a months wages. There is a shedload wrong with the judgement, it is factaully inaccurate and I will seek case review and appeal...

Still, with the way he went about it I am told he spent circa £45K on his defence. I spent about £6K on the meat and bones of it.

At the end of it all, I would have rather called him ****. Still the comapny is pretty much dead now and it's reputation is the lowest it has ever been. Five staff left last year, there is only one tech and the prat that replaced me left.

Truly sorry to hear that. Not surprised however, as this has been my experience of these sorts of minor courts/tribunals. The outcomes seem to be very arbitrary and you are often left wondering if the decision maker spent the entire period of time thinking about his golf match that afternoon cause they don't seem to have been in the same room as you - factual mistake after factual mistake, all topped off with a good dollop of illogic.

You cost him £45k though! :D

Good luck with the job interview.

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Truly sorry to hear that. Not surprised however, as this has been my experience of these sorts of minor courts/tribunals. The outcomes seem to be very arbitrary and you are often left wondering if the decision maker spent the entire period of time thinking about his golf match that afternoon cause they don't seem to have been in the same room as you - factual mistake after factual mistake, all topped off with a good dollop of illogic.

You cost him £45k though! :D

Good luck with the job interview.

Yeah, that not having been in the same room feeling. It was always a risk with this MD, that he would spend without thought or end, he does have almost limitless money from his old European trust fund (that I finally confirmed does have some Nazi collaboration involved). He hired the partner of the firm, a barrister to match, and an expensive HR consultant. I had trainees. Also that this guy is such a fantastical liar, that on meeting him for the first time, you wouldn't believe that he would tell a lie like that, if you see what I mean? Thing is, people also presume that he is a succesful businessman, as they do not know every cent is inherited. He hasn't made a penny in all the time I was unfortunate to know him. This really affects people's judgement, surely he can't be mad they think, he makes money! He plays the struggling little business owner.

Here's one, on the stand, he describes at length one of the allegations, including acting out all my supposed movements, flailing his arms about. My barrister asks, "where you there?" Answer "no". He didn't recall who was there. No witnesses could recall anything. We had it in the bag until the barrister did her submissions, using fourteen precedents which tied the panel up in knots. it was easier for them to find against me. That much was obvious.

Thing is, he dodged a bullet this time, but the next time he might not. He abuses people all the time, I am on a long and growing list.

What is most gratifying is that I had an interview recently, and this MD knew all about the guy, the sense of relief for me was huge! Every time someone finds out that it is all inherited wealth, it's like they wake up, and suddenly everything makes sense, then they get angry at the fraud.

Pshycologically, it is fascinating to watch.

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Heh I applied for a job three days ago.... it said apply if you are looking for a decent role which is not just preparing accounts.

The agent phoned me up this morning and said the job will require accounts production..... why the hell did he advertise it as no accounts if he wanted me to do accounts.

HPC mods may not like it but agents should be put against the wall and shot.

Which part of 'not just preparing accounts' did you not understand?

I take it you don't score very highly on verbal reasoning tests.

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I'd like a little go on your avatar.

So would I. Shame I don't know her.

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