Watch Daniel and Sarah make their presentations to see who can impress Philip and Marcia the most.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

Task 1

Comprehension task

Read the statements and decide if they are true or false.


Task 2

Business notes

When asked to give a presentation as part of a job interview it’s a good opportunity to showcase your skills especially if giving presentations is actually part of the job. It’s also an area where you could make mistakes if you are not well prepared.

Basic Guidelines For Designing Your Presentation

List and prioritize the main goals that you want to accomplish with your presentation. For Sarah and Daniel these would be to show an interest and understanding in the work that WebWare does and in the position that is being offered i.e. sales director.

They also need to demonstrate that they have the particular skills needed for the job. In the video, Daniel has obviously set the wrong goals for his presentation where he talks mostly about himself and his achievements in a rather egotistical way. In contrast, Sarah shows that she has given some thought to WebWare’s business and how she feels she can improve it in the future.

It’s important to set the right tone for the presentation. Daniel’s presentation was more of a performance as he strode around confidently, gesticulating and even attempting to play a song on his harmonica. He was far too casual and the tone he set was not one of professionalism.

In contrast, Sarah appeared relaxed, well-prepared, serious and business-like.
Allow time for questions and answers at the end. Sarah asked the interviewers if they had any questions, whilst Daniel merely asked if he had got the job!
If you're speaking to a small group then try to accomplish eye contact with each person for a few seconds throughout your delivery. Don’t look at your materials or notes all the time.

Speak a little bit louder and a little bit slower than you normally would do with a friend. A good way to practice these guidelines is to speak along with a news anchor when you're watching television. Also try to vary the volume and rate of your speech. A monotone voice will send your audience to sleep!




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I suppose everyone who intends to make a proper presentation should remember such important rule as KISS, that means "Keep It Short and Simple". Huge amount of slides which are overloaded of information is boring and annoying thing, whilst clear and laconic style of your presentation allows you to make a favourable impression.

 100 per cent agree with you. As far as I know some US authorities forbit to use their employee any animation in presentations.  

well, wonderful! The KISS can bring you to wherever you want. Everyone loves KISS. Thanks to Semiliranda

i liked this episode because it can help the people have interviews , also sarah impressed on her interviewers because she was confident when she spoke about her knewledgement and her experienses.

 This is a great video as I've already seen. It really brings me a lot of funny and knowledge to prepare for my next day interview in a big company. Also give me some useful phrases for my inteview. Great work. Thanks all of you.

exceptionall stuff especially with reference to interview technique keep it up have a go

it is good for those who want to give an presentation they can get a great experience or idea about the presentation.

Hi, I would love to watch these videos, but can't make them appear. Is there a special trick.
Thanks and bye

 Hi Martina

What browser are you using? Some people have had problems with Internet Explorer? Do you have Firefox or Chrome?


Jack Radford

The LearnEnglishTeam

good......tq British Council