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    Keep the presentation simple & to the point; not too many words, it is supposed to be visual. Don't read from the screen..... avoid using all the wizzy things products like Powerpoint can do or your audience will sit in nervous anticipation of the next special effect rather than listening to what you have to say!

    5 minutes is not very long for a presentation, be absolutely ruthless about what you put on any slides, you might find even 2-3 slides is too many, so think very carefully about what you want to say, the time will be over in a flash. Good luck

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    Also should of said for 5 mins pres do not user a powerpoint sorry no need to and will look very unprofessional if you do use it.

    To be honest people should be able to speak for 5 mins with out holding onto crutch that is powerpoint.

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    I agree Russ but they may be expecting a powerpoint to see what he's like with technology.

    When I had my interview, I finished by saying that my aim was for teachers at the High School to be able to recognise our ex-pupils by their ICT skills. That went down well and I can safely say it's true

    Concentrate on the areas that you believe in, your enthusiasm will show through.

    If you are going to do a PPS, call them beforehand and ask what the facilities are. Is it relatively easy to plug in a stick. What version is it. If you have your own laptop, then take that just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilmc View Post
    I have been asked to prepare a 5 minute presentation on how the role can raise students attainment and poersonal students, in reference to the schools specialism Drama, music and ICT.
    What does the job description say - are you there to provide technical help at all times for music and drama? If (as is probable) not, tell the interview panel what systems you will put in place so the pupils can do lighting / sound / editing themselves, without relying on you to do it for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I agree Russ but they may be expecting a powerpoint to see what he's like with technology.
    /snip/

    If you are going to do a PPS, call them beforehand and ask what the facilities are. Is it relatively easy to plug in a stick. What version is it. If you have your own laptop, then take that just in case.
    I agree that they may be looking to see if someone is comfortable with using technology in a teaching environment.

    And that is the advice I give to any Trainee teachers when they are going for an interview and they are doing a lesson plan involving technology. Different schools have different setups and providing alternatives shows that you can see technology can be used in different ways(and prepare for those times things don't quite go as planned )

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilmc View Post
    Thanks for all your input guys, guess im just alittle nervous this is my first interview with a presentation, and i just really didn't have a clue where to start with it. But I have a better idea.
    Not much of a help, but they will realise your nerves in an interview its how you deal with it. Just try and be calm, but most of all be yourself. You'll find if they like you as a person they are more likely to employ you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by penfold View Post
    I agree that they may be looking to see if someone is comfortable with using technology in a teaching environment.

    And that is the advice I give to any Trainee teachers when they are going for an interview and they are doing a lesson plan involving technology. Different schools have different setups and providing alternatives shows that you can see technology can be used in different ways(and prepare for those times things don't quite go as planned )
    In which case phone or email today and ask them to confirm do they require a powerpoint presentation. But I suspect not as if it was case they would have mandated this and said you must provide a powerpoint.

    Also I would at start even if they have said that powerpoint is not required say that due to short time want to concentrate on the content and not tools hence no powerpoint. As IT is about not what you use but what you use it for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky_Dicky View Post
    Things that went down well at my interview were pointing out some network problems I'd noticed when having a tour
    I'd be careful with this one... I personally wouldn't risk doing it unless asked for. Don't want to chance that the person who created that particular issue is on the interview panel and gets offended

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    Isn't a Presentation a bit over the top for a ICT Techie role......Network Manager yeah but techie ummm

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    Quote Originally Posted by russdev View Post
    In which case phone or email today and ask them to confirm do they require a powerpoint presentation. But I suspect not as if it was case they would have mandated this and said you must provide a powerpoint.

    Also I would at start even if they have said that powerpoint is not required say that due to short time want to concentrate on the content and not tools hence no powerpoint. As IT is about not what you use but what you use it for.
    All the comments are valid, and I agree that for a IT tech position, asking for a presentation seems a little over the top. Knowledge of the area is probably what they are after, not your powerpoint skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanT View Post
    Isn't a Presentation a bit over the top for a ICT Techie role......Network Manager yeah but techie ummm
    But the job will go to the person that impresses them most and going that one step further might swing it.

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