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I am interviewing to be a trainer in the learning and development department. They asked me to create a presentation about how to make a cake. Should I include a quiz and have a deliverable too?

I am interviewing to be a trainer in the learning and development department. They asked me to create a presentation about how to make a cake. Should I include a quiz and have a deliverable too?

Thank you comment icon Hi Oscar! What an interesting project. Could you include some more details? I'm very curious about your assignment for this interview. Is there a reason they chose the topic of cake baking? Alexandra Carpenter, Admin
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Connor’s Answer

Hello Oscar,

First of all, I wish you nothing but the best in your upcoming presentation. I myself have recently had to make a ten minute presentation for work. I am guessing you were not given specific limitations in regard to this presentation as none are listed.

I have found that the ability to rehearse both with myself and close ones has helped me sharpen my presentation style. We all have different styles which allow us to give the most effective presentation possible. Do your best to find your style and incorporate it into the presentation.

If I were given this objective, I would do my best to incorporate some humor into the presentation. Doing so would inherently lighten the mood of the group and ensure that your subject material does not get dull or dry. Make it your own, give them something to remember.

-Connor
Thank you comment icon Thank you for sharing your perspective. Oscar
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Tione’s Answer

Hi Oscar! If you had that idea, I say provide a training that is comprehensive and interactive and, most importantly, shows a way to gain accountability from the trainee with the quiz. This shows you are innovative, self-directed and it provides you a way to showcase your talent. In today's job market it's so important to be able to set yourself apart from others so providing an interviewer with more ways to learn about your practical talents outside of a conversation is likely to impress them.
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Hector’s Answer

Whenever I am preparing for presentations - I try to put myself in the seat of the audience.

1) What would resonate with the audience?
2) How do I keep them engaged?
3) How do I make this interactive?
4) How do I make this memorable?

And a tip I got early in my career - less is more :)
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Kristin’s Answer

My advice here is to go with your gut! If you read the prompt and thought including a quiz and a deliverable would be a good fit (and there weren't more specific guidelines or instructions about what exactly to include), go for it. If I had to guess, I think what the interviewers are looking for has way less to do with WHAT you deliver and much more to do with HOW you deliver the content and WHY you made the decisions you made when designing and delivering your presentation. For everything you include, make sure you'd be prepared to answer a question about why you included it should the interviewer(s) ask, and if you can't justify it, don't include it! Chances are your reasoning and rationale will demonstrate your preparedness for the role. Best of luck!!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice. Oscar
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Jessica’s Answer

Hi Oscar,
I think a quiz would be reasonable, maybe at the end to gauge how much they absorbed. I also like to start with learning objectives to set the tone.
And then throughout, if you can make it engaging by being interactive, that would be the icing on the cake (pun intended :)).
Jessica
Thank you comment icon I will use this advice as I prepare for my career. Oscar
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