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Interview question

 
#1 Interview question
12/07/2007 14:36

ita80

Advice appreciated!

I have MC interview coming and was asked to prepare in advance (received the business case and I’m supposed to present the findings). I did the analysis, but have the question whether it’s appropriate to add at the end of the presentation some kind of animated summary (couple of slides with music and the background and animated slides etc). I would like to stand out during this interview and the animated summary came to my mind. However I am not sure whether it’s appropriate? Or should I stick just to presenting the business case slides?

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#2 RE: Interview question
12/07/2007 14:40

Sir Alan to ita80 (#1)

This isn't "The Apprentice"!!

Your interviewers are going to want to see you present competently in a manner that would be appropriate if you were presenting to one of their key clients. So substance over style every time!!

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#3 RE: Interview question
12/07/2007 14:47

ita80 to Sir Alan (#2)

But I should still wear a leotard, right?

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#4 RE: Interview question
12/07/2007 15:19

Bothered to ita80 (#3)

Leotard is naturally a "deffo"! I would however drop the music and animation. More pics/charts/diagrams than words. As Sir Alan pointed out "So substance over style every time" Stick to the point, no extra points are awarded for waffling.

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#5 RE: Interview question
12/07/2007 15:32

martin to Bothered (#4)

I recently received a CV with little cartoon-type pictures on it to emphasise the key points.

It definately stood out: it went in the bin.

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#6 RE: Interview question
12/07/2007 15:32

martin to Bothered (#4)

I recently received a CV with little cartoon-type pictures on it to emphasise the key points.

It definately stood out: it went in the bin.

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#7 RE: Interview question
12/07/2007 15:39

ita80 - the real one to martin (#6)

Thanks for replies. The previous ita80 (leotard) was not me ;-)

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#8 RE: Interview question
12/07/2007 15:50

anon to ita80 - the real one (#7)

"The previous ita80 (leotard) was not me ;-)"

Sure, yeah.....keeping on repeating it to yourself and you'll eventually believe it!

It's like a tide.........

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#9 RE: Interview question
12/07/2007 16:15

ita80 to anon (#8)

Guys, one more thing. In my analysis I made one mistake (omitted one decision driver which should have been included). However it's too late to correct it as I made whole analysis (calculations, charts, slides) without this element.

What would be the best way to address it? Admit it upfront or not point this out till I'm asked to do so?

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#10 RE: Interview question
12/07/2007 16:28

Sir Alan to ita80 (#9)

At a consulting firm you'd be expected to work through the night to put things right if you knew your client presentation contained a howler. So go start a brew of strong coffee and get re-working that presentation!!

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#11 RE: Interview question
12/07/2007 16:48

martin to Sir Alan (#10)

This could be a career-defining moment.

Are you prepared for life as a consultant? Is your career worth less that what you have to do tonight/ over the weekend?

It's a p1sser, but that's how consulting works.

Sorry.

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#12 RE: Interview question
17/07/2007 17:00

ita80 to martin (#11)

The music 'Pink Floyd - dogs of war' did not go down too well for the Thales future soldier presentation, and then I find out that its something calkled HSM cards I was supposed to be looking at and not muslim supressing firepower.

The headscarf and half pint of milk on the head set the scene as 'Mellk Sheikh' mind you.

Most fun I had in years

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#13 RE: Interview question
17/07/2007 18:34

ita80 - again the real one to ita80 (#12)

Come on! Are you really so bored/stup*d that you need to entertain yourself in this way??? Set up your own thread and have fun - it's anonymous anyway so won't harm you. Get lost from my thread and please do not impersonate me!

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