"When I think of
all the job opportunities I missed out on because I didn't interview well, I
want to cringe. I wanted to believe that each time I didn't get the offer it
was because of what they told me-that they simply found someone more
qualified. However, the sessions we did showed me otherwise. I
just wasn't that good at answering the questions. Thank you for putting me
through the paces, though. I no longer ramble on and on, I know what my best
selling points are, and I know how to work a salary discussion to my
advantage. Thank you so much, MJ."
Many candidates express confidence that they can interview well. Many
employers express sentiments otherwise! Surveys show that candidates frequently
overestimate their effectiveness in interview situations. This is probably because
they don't get the opportunity to listen to themselves or listen to their
Job interviewing is a high-stakes activity. Do it well, and an offer of
employment is a likely outcome. Do it poorly, and you are rejected. The importance of an excellent resume and cover
letter, notwithstanding, it is the job interview that ultimately determines
every hiring decision. Therefore, I encourage each and every job seeker
to put maximum effort into interview preparation. Shrewd candidates practice
for interviews. Practicing adds polish and prepares you for the difficult
Your "job" as the applicant is to anticipate the questions
you may be asked, formulate impressive and cohesive responses, commit
those responses to memory, and then deliver those rehearsed answers in
a way that sounds completely natural and off-the-cuff.
Preparing yourself for the typical
interview questions is essential. However, know that a skilled interviewer
will not simply ask you the standard questions. He or she may also challenge
you with technical questions unique to your occupation. You may even be
given a test to assess your personality attributes or your skill level
with computer software. This is often done on-the-spot, as part of the
Interview Practice Sessions
A practice or mock interview can do wonders to get you ready for the real
thing. You will be coached on what to say in response to all types of
questions and what questions you should and should not ask of your interviewer.
Based on your unique background and the kind of work you seek, I will
give you an interview agenda. Your interview agenda will be the key points that I want you
during your interview. We will discuss these essential "talking points" in full detail. We will also reherse these responses
so that you can feel confident in your ability to present your best qualifications in the potentially short
time of the interview. In addition, during our practice session, we will
address any issues related to your speech rate, facial expressions, body
language, and choice of clothing.
A typical interview coaching session is 1.5 hours. Some individuals
need just one session, while others benefit from a second session, and very rarely, a third. If we need to do additional
sessions, it will only be because we both feel you need them in order to be successful on your real-life interview day. We will practice
both common and advanced interview questions.
You may also bring your own questions. My feedback will include very specific coaching as I
will tell you exactly what to say in response to any questions you have difficulty
with. I will also prepare you to discuss salary issues effectively, which
is often a very tricky topic to finesse.
The fee for the 1.5 hour interview coaching session is $225. Subsequent sessions, which may be of shorter
duration, will be billed at the rate of $150/hour.