Presentation tips for Candidates

You will have precisely 15 minutes at the Fair to present your job market paper. A 5-minute Q&A will follow. It is important to use those 15 minutes effectively, therefore, here are some tips that will help you go through the entire process smoothly:

  • Arrive on time, 5 minutes before your session is scheduled. Between presentations, there will be a 5-minute break. Introduce yourself to the moderator.

  • The moderator is instructed to keep each session on time and will signal you towards the end of your presentation to say how much time you have left.

  • Prepare slides: around eight slides should be used, with a maximum of 10 slides. Please have your slides checked by someone to avoid any mistakes. Always bring a backup version (in pdf.) of your presentation on a USB device.

  • If you present tabled results, use a clear lay-out and a font large enough to ensure that the audience in the back of the room can still comfortably read your slides.

  • Your presentation is a “research question and findings” presentation. However, do not direct your presentation at subject-specialists. Keep it simple and assume that the audience knows about your specific research area only in general terms.

  • Be concise and to the point. You can say a lot in 15 minutes if you do not go into details. Here is how you can structure your presentation:

    • introduce yourself briefly and your career plan;
    • introduce your research question;
    • briefly discuss existing answers in the literature;
    • describe your findings/answers;
    • explain your research method (and data/sources used when relevant).
    • conclude by highlighting your contribution to the research literature in your area.
  • Rehearse as much as possible, in front of an audience. You will then feel more at ease on the big day. If you exceed your time, make some changes.

  • Please note that there will be 5 minutes dedicated to Q&A. This will allow the recruiters to better understand your work and career plans.

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