The Art of the Interview

Next to public speaking, is there anything more stressful than the job interview? Sure the odd interview team makes you feel at ease, but many have you perspiring and stressed out.(There is an interview style called the "stress interview," but the style is not overly popular - thank goodness.)

It's just that so much seems to hinge on how well you do in the interview. Yes, a job offer, but also what that represents: a good living, security, that Tuscan vacation you're dreaming of ... or maybe catching up on bills and rebuilding your savings.

Sheesh! No wonder your armpits are leaking!

Here at New Leaf, I've been building an interview coaching system for some years. I'm so happy to share that it has been formally recognized for its value by Career Professionals of Canada. The other day I received an email from Sharon Graham, Executive Director of CPC, who wrote:

Dear Stephanie,

 Career Professionals of Canada’s Awards of Excellence program was developed to recognize members of our community as Canada’s Top Career Professionals for outstanding performance and contributions to the industry and community.  This year's competition was extremely tight as we were fortunate to receive several excellent submissions.

 It is our great pleasure to offer you congratulations as the 2015 Awards of Excellence recipient in the Outstanding Employment Interview Strategist category.

I'm thrilled! There are few interview coaches in Canada and we are needed, if only to help relieve acute pre-interview stress! But more to the point, to help job hunters jump this final hurdle on the final stretch to employment.

My system marries a generous hour of a lesson in strategy with an eBook that you can refer to time and again. Some clients elect to hire me for another session to practice the tools I taught them and get feedback on their efforts, but many interview happily with the basic lesson.

My system is simply full of immediately actionable tools. In fact, my first-ever interview coaching client literally begged me to take her on as a client  after having been told that she interviews poorly; she was desperate to make that critical transition into management. (I hadn't written her resume and doubted the lesson's impact without customized input, hence my hesitation.)

Can you guess? Yes indeed, she landed the job offer two days after her coaching session. In fact, she received a call on her way home from the interview. And the interview team? They shared that she was the strongest interview candidate they had ever had.

The tools I teach go beyond the job interview: they are equally useful in your annual performance review.

If you're interested, give me a shout!