I have offered interview coaching for some seven years now. I love empowering my clients with this critical career management skill. And yet, I honestly don't feel that enough people engage me for this service - I wish all but the most articulate and strategic communicators booked an interview coaching session. Those that do sign up for interview coaching reap the rewards with confident skills that lead to great offers. Here are three of the benefits to taking a one-hour interview coaching session.
1. Calm those nerves. Many of us get a wee bit nervous before or during an interview. And even those who are pretty chill about a job interview can all of a sudden find themselves sweating and fretting when asked a question that spurs no answers, or if challenged about an aspect of their background that they were not prepared to address! My approach is to teach strategy and what this means is that no matter what you are asked, you can come up with an answer. Yes, no matter what.
2. Wow the interview team. Yes, I will teach you how to "wow" the team without hoopla, boasting, or bringing flowers, chocolates or passes to an event! (I don't endorse unusual tactics.) Impressing an interview team has to do with knowing what to communicate, how to articulate it, when to stop, and when to add more. It's also about how to skillfully deflect a potential negative like lack of related experience, lack of Canadian experience, missing credentials, employment gap and so on. I teach all those things.
3. Apply the skills beyond the interview. Mmhmm. The interview strategies I teach are career management skills. Communicating your value goes beyond the interview. Imagine impressing your boss during your annual review? Or structuring an influential informal presentation during a departmental meeting? Or knowing how to approach your boss for a well-deserved raise?
The job search isn't about spending hours on the internet, researching the newest job search techniques (I've seen too many of these flame and extinguish without ever catching); it's not about wasting time on the internet reading about the latest doom and gloom unemployment figures or "must do's" (a sure path to depression or utter confusion!); it's not about asking your friends, family and neighbours for advice (likely negative, conflicting and plain wrong). I'd suggest that finding a trustworthy source for reasoned and seasoned expertise will get you a lot further faster. Just sayin'.