Have you ever stumbled over an interview question and left an interview filled with regret? This has happened to most people at one time or another, so you’re not alone. Even with ample preparation, job seekers often feel uncertain going into—and out of—an interview.
Interviewing needs to be viewed as an overall process that requires a strategy as opposed to just a series of questions that need to be answered. This is why I tell my clients that successful interviewing is really about having a clear plan.
The success of your next interview hinges on not just preparation but the right type of preparation. Part of the problem is that people spend time memorizing a bunch of answers to questions that don’t even end up being asked. Compounding this, many interviewees don’t have a comprehensive understanding of how all of those questions and answers should come together to tell the interviewer a compelling story about their background and qualifications.
Interview with Confidence
Rather than teaching you to take a defensive stance in the interview, I’ll coach you to play offense. What’s your strategy? How will you execute individual plays? How will you, the quarterback, avoid getting sacked?
Through one-on-one coaching, I’ll teach you a structured method for preparing for interviews, so you can go in confident. There will be no need to memorize a hundred different interview questions and their corresponding answers. (Who has time for that?) You’ll know your message and how you want to convey it. You’ll no longer wake up at 3 A.M. fretting over not being able to remember how you want to answer the “If you were a color, what color would you be?” question.
Interview Coaching Process
Like all of my services, close collaboration is central to how we work together. I will review your application materials, a statement of your goals, and the job description if you’re actively preparing for a “real” interview. If you don’t have an interview scheduled yet, you can send me a job description that reflects the type of roles you’re applying for.
Clients typically meet with me for several sessions by phone calls or video conferencing.
Together, we develop your interview plan, practice questions (especially ones you hope no one will ask you), and then have a mock interview. Afterward, I give you targeted feedback. These sessions are customized to meet your top needs and concerns and can also include salary negotiation coaching.
To complement your individualized sessions, you’ll also receive my interview preparation workbook, How to Nail Your Interview and Land Your Next Job: A Strategic Guide to Interview Success (second edition, 2021), which will coach you on a range of vital topics pertaining to interviewing. In this workbook, you’ll learn how to handle illegal questions, answer “Tell me about yourself,” prepare for phone interviews, prepare for video interviews, finesse a gap in employment, respond to some of the most notoriously difficult interview questions, and notice communication styles to build rapport, among other topics.
Overcome Imposter Syndrome through Interview Coaching
Self-doubt squelches confidence. Job offers do not go to people who lack confidence. Period.
If you feel like an imposter, self-sabotage when you talk, and start statements with “Well, I’m not an expert but I have 10 years of experience,” your interview skills can likely be improved.
We can work together to build your confidence—and dare I say excitement—before an interview, so you can win the job you’ve been working so hard to earn. Contact me today if you’re interested in learning more about my interview preparation packages.
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