New job, old presentation template?
September 17, 2013 3:39 PM Subscribe
I will be giving a talk at a job interview, about scientific research that I did several years ago. The powerpoint slides use the (somewhat gaudy) template of my former employer, the institution that funded the research. Should I keep the template or change it?
posted by aimedwander to work & money (6 answers total)
I work for industry company A, doing R&D work in A's subfield. I have a job interview with company B, an institution that straddles the line between industry and academia; they've asked me to give a seminar when I interview there. I will be talking about work I did 5-8 years ago, while I was working at academic lab C (a US national lab). Take it as given that the old work at C is much much more relevant than my current work at A, in terms of the job at B, and that this is what I will be talking about 100%.
Now, the question. All my presentations about this project/work were made using the powerpoint template of institution C. When I use these slides, on that template, I would only like it to indicate that the work was carried out at institution C and I thank them for their support. (which I will of course say in words). I would not like it to indicate that I haven't made new slides in 5 years, or that I am claiming affiliation with a lab I no longer work at - but is that subtext really a danger? I don't really know what message a slide template carries, or is the choice of template much less meaningful and loaded than I think it is?
I would be less worried if it were simply a choice of color scheme, a solid header bar, and a logo in the bottom corner; but it is a vivid, colorful, eyecatching, heavily-branded template that the impolite might refer to as "gaudy". Is it okay to alter that template, or is that (like the sanctity of the corporate logo) simply not done?
There is no reason at all that I should consider using the templates of my current home-institution, A, right? Not even including their logo, right?
I could get rid of the template entirely (perhaps just include lab C's logo in the lower corner). In that case, though, I've got a sparse white background, something that I haven't dealt with in 15 years, because I've always worked for places that required us to use their templates. The white feels wrong. What color schemes are appropriate for a job interview?