The interview (in all its forms) is one of those key career pivot points. It is a gate to change and growth. You can develop greater competence in this area with interview coaching and a mock interview – even to the point where the interview becomes a moment when you shine.
There is a Science and an Art to Interviewing. The science part is skills and preparation.
Over the years, as an executive recruiter, Monster.com manager, career coach and consultant, and columnist to the largest career sites in the world, I have done 1000’s of interviews. I am called in regularly to the Business Schools to provide interview coaching with MBA students.
I want to share with you the strategies, tips, techniques and tools that I have developed in my 20+ years interviewing executives, managers, professionals & business students. I want to help you make that link between what you offer and the underlying requirements of the job.
I know what you are thinking. This is a no-brainer question. Actually, it isn’t. If your response is “To get the job,” I would challenge you on that.
In fact, I’d like to suggest that your interview objective usually is different than that.
I think that what you really want, or should want, is the opportunity to take the next step in the interview process.
Why opportunity? Because you may choose not to pursue the job.
Why next step in process? Hiring is a process. If you are gunning to get hired in the first interview (which tends to be about gate keeping), then you have the wrong objective. Your goal in that interview should simply be to get through the gate.
Are you with me? At some point in the process, the next step is the job offer, and that’s great. But recognize that not all interviews are created equal.
I am also making a subtle, but important point about your relationship to the opportunity. It is a two-way street, or should be. You have the power to say no, to elect not to continue in the process. Use that power as you go through the process. It will free you up and lessen that all too common performance anxiety that occurs in this scary thing called an interview.
Interviewing successfully requires that you articulate and sell the link between what you offer and the buyer’s requirements. You are called on to demonstrate your level of competency in key job areas, sell your knowledge of the industry, and demonstrate fit. And amidst this selling, you need to be assessing your own sense of fit and suitability – for the job, the people, the culture and as a next step in your career. Beyond these fundamentals, you are also creating rapport with your potential future colleagues. In the end, it is about how well you have answered their implicit question: “Why you?”
“I’m just following up with you to let you know that your mock interview service was such a valuable investment. I got the job offer and will accept it.”
Whether you’ve just landed an interview and are scrambling to prepare, or are taking a proactive approach to levelling-up your skills and getting market ready for future career moves, I’m here to help.
This course represents my deep knowledge and experience in the field and I’ve taken care to provide you with a learning resource that will transform your understanding of and performance in the interview. Learn more on my Career Growth Essentials site.
Getting expert help for a specific interview or in advance of the expected interview phase of your job search or internal promotion process is a very smart investment when:
The interview coaching services on this page are born from my experience, including thousands of interviews, proven with hundreds of clients, and validated by the expert status accorded by Monster.com and other major job boards, the MBA programs that call on BoldCareer for interviewing solutions, and the TV, print radio and online media that rely on BoldCareer for expert input on interviewing and other career management skills.
It depends on four factors: my current load of pre-existing client commitments, your level of urgency, how much digging you need to do (and your availability) and how much consulting time we need to design your unique value. For an urgent and relatively straight forward situation, it could be less than 48 hours. Typically, 5 days from our consultation.
Once I understand the deadline, I will tell you honestly if I can it into my schedule. I will charge a rush fee of $100 if required to shift or provide support outside of normal business hours.
Provide me with the job posting / role description, your resume / LinkedIn profile url, and any notes on the situation and your candidacy.
You can request a refund up to and including the first 30 minutes of the consultation. I do not issue refunds beyond that point.
I am based in Vancouver Canada. I provide interview coaching in-person for local clients, and over Skype for clients based in centres across Canada (Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, etc) and across the United States and Internationally.
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