I recently spoke with a coaching client who was frustrated with lack of 2nd interviews he was obtaining. He had gone on 7 interviews within a 10 day time frame but zero to show for it. He specifically reached out to me for job interview coaching. Within 30 minutes I could clearly see some serious errors he was making. We developed better answers and got him moving again.
How about you? In this economy, every single interview counts. You want to make the most of it. Maybe you too have gone on several interviews only to wonder what you might be doing wrong. It is time to get an outsider’s perspective. Here are a few reasons why you need job interview coaching.
1. To prepare better answers. You might think that some of your answers are good answers when in reality they are damaging to you. Most people are too polite to point these things out in a job interview. A job interview coach will quickly point these out to you. They will stop you in a mock interview situation and point out how your answer can become misconstrued.
2. To overcome specific challenges. Sometimes our difficult goes beyond a simple answer but is instead a glaring flaw. Maybe you have not been working for 7 years or you are trying to make a switch back into an industry that you have been out of touch with for a few years. Even worse, you are trying to overcome getting fired in your last position. Job interview training can assist you with all of these difficulties.
3. To have someone review your physical presentation and body language. This is hard to be done over the phone, but there are still ways a job interview coach can help with this. I once got on a call with a coaching client who wanted help with why he was struggling in his job search. After ten minutes I could see his problem clearly. He spoke extremely slow, lacked energy, and never allowed me to get a word in edge-wise. He needed to be polished on speaking with energy, remaining positive, and keeping his answers to questions under 1 or 2 minutes. We miss things like this until someone else points them out to us.
4. To know how to follow up properly after the interview. Many of my job interview coaching calls happen after the interview. While that might seem strange, candidates want to know exactly how to proceed when they are extremely interested in the opportunity. There is a delicate game at play here. You have to show interest by following up but at the same time not coming across as desperate. A job interview coach can help you design a killer follow up plan.
If you find that you need help in this area or anything else related to the career and employment world, I am available as my schedule permits to speak with you. All you need to do is check my schedule online and block out 30-60 minutes for me to coach you. I will have you fill out a brief questionnaire ahead of time so that I will know how to best help you before we get on the call.