Graduate job - trainee media interview help

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I have an interview for a graduate media trainee position in a few days. The instructions were to prepare a five minute presentation on a subject of my choice with or without supporting materials.


The ambiguity of the instructions has me worried. Anybody been through anything similar? Any ideas? It's a group interview. I'd be grateful for any advice
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Generally, the subject doesn't matter too much as long as it is engaging in some way. This usually means something you are passionate about. Then the passion and genuineness comes across. Interpret the task yourself and give yourself a remit - ie you could imagine that the task was to give a five minute presentation, to tell the audience about why your 'thing' is important to the UK or even why the audience will find your talk useful or 'five things you didn't know about X'.

Make it entertaining! This doesn't need to mean funny - but it does have to be interesting and should tell the audience something they did not know, ideally cast some sort of illuminating insight over the subject, courtesy of you.

Figure out what they are really testing you for here - I don't know what 'media trainee' means, as it is too wide, but you do, so figure out what they need you to be able to do. Communicate with audience. Break ice. Speak and communicate well. Structure something. Be amusing. Generally, in public speaking you should speak clearly - look at the audience members in turn, try and relax - look as if you are enjoying it etc - good idea to crack a joke at some point. Smile.

Give your talk a structure - say what you are going to do, then tell them what it is, then tell them you have told them. Put in an intro, saying what you are going to do. At the end build in a bit of time for questions.

Stick to the time limits!! practice this at home.

I would strongly suggest you use visuals or props in some way. I don't know if you should power point it - I worked in telly for many years and I never saw anyone power point anything - it really isn't tv's style. However, a big visual, or any kind of prop - it is a visual medium.

Try and get some stats into it. Smile at end. Say thank you for listening. That's my advice anyway. good luck
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oh yeah...again, I don't know what media trainee is, but generally in telly and press what you want is a catchy title for your presentation - a headline.
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Thanks for the help. The role is an entry level position with an advertising and media buying company specialising in broadcast, if that helps. Would you still recommend not doing a PowerPoint?


My degree was in psychology, so I was considering doing a presentation on psychology and advertising to show how my background would fit into the company. However, would this work with a five minute presentation, or is it too serious? I'm fairly sure I could make it entertaining.


Thank you for your advice. This sort of stuff is still brand new to me so it's much appreciated.
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Well it sounds like it might be media sales, in which case isn't it selling airtime to advertisers? If so, it's not part of the content production.

Basically, if you are not making anything for transmission, ie not on the creative side, then yes, go power point as they possibly expect this kind of thing. If you are involved in producing content, then I don't think you do need to go powerpoint. I say this because, inside content production it is not like other jobs, where they do use power points! so, it sounds suspiciously like you could use a power point. I can't tell - a good guide is, do they wear suits? If they wear suits then powerpoint, if they wear casual or smart casual, then perhaps you don't need to power point.

Still - link it to your skill spec for the job - what do they want you to be good at? I would hazard it is having a lot of nouse, drive, personal skills, good comms, humour and bags of persuasive ability plus being quite bright and understanding what motivates people.

5 mins is not a long time to say anything very much. So yes, it is a good idea to use your psych background but I recommend you pick out ONE TINY THING and give an analysis of it yourself. Otherwise, your topic is hopelessly wide. Hopelessly wide = boring. If you pick one tiny thing and 'unpack it' you will be able to get more insight over and be more engaging. Perhaps you could draw some sort of parallel with some sort of experimental data? Everyone likes a nice unethical psychology experiment, it has some currency in popular culture.

So, if this is a media sales-type job, you could pick either a success story or a a product where you think you could extend the branch reach of it into different territory and say why from a psych background. I would aim for a structure that is four fifths straight and one fifth imaginative sales proposal 'what if we were to do this, twist it and do this with it? Based on XY and Z I think it might work'. This shows you can get the basics of the job done, but you aren't afraid to go out there and try something different if you think it will expand the success of something.

What I am saying is a) link it into your job skill set spec and b) it is more interesting to listen to five minutes on the red spot on jupiter than five minutes on 'stuff i can tell you about the universe'

See what you think of my advice - I initially thought you were going into the media, which is why I answered as I worked in the media for a long time. But I don't want to give you bum steers if this is more of a sales job. Mostly I would say don't be boring!!! And remain professional. Professional and not boring!
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Oh yeah - think whether there is anything you can do to engage the audience in a pro-active way - if only shortly or even just one or two people throwing one or two things at you.

Sometimes you can do this via senses - touch, smell - these are accessed via different parts of the brain - just trying to give you ideas - if I was at a presentation and someone gave me something to touch or a box to sniff or something, I would be immediately engaged and fascinated - basically, you might be able to use some little tricks like this to engage your audience, make an impression. A prop to hand out can work well also.

A little tip that you might like - get hold of a thirty-year (or 20) old copy of the TV schedules (you can order up back issues on line or go to a library possibly) and compare it to one of today in the radio times (this might be interesting if what you are doing is selling airtime to companies for advertising based on the broadcast tv schedules, which is what I think you are doing!).

This kind of thing is super-interesting to the older bods in the room and in general everyone enjoys going down memory lane and quite a cute way in to analysing viewing habits. You will be surprised at how little has changed. just an idea for you.

Don't let me produce you - I'm basically producing you. I will stop now.
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