Make Your Interview Count – prepare for it!
Interview preparation is standard in 2012. Fewer jobs and more applicants means you must make every chance, every interview count. You have to stand out – or the competition will get you! Interview preparation is not a luxury – it stops you underselling yourself and is a great help to the people interviewing you. Employers expect you to prepare for the interview – the flawless amateur personified by James Bond is fiction.
If athletes have coaches, why do you think that you do not? During the interview you should be asking any potential employer about the opportunity for career development and details on the company’s personal and career development policies and practices. Surely you should be concerned about your personal career development before you get that job?
That is true for senior executives facing an interview for the first time in years as well as for graduates preparing for an interview for the first time. Getting back into work, and mastering that interview, is especially challenging for senior people more used to recruiting than being interviewed.
My 1-2-1 interview preparation course includes:-
- Identifying your USP, identifying and articulating what you bring or could bring to the corporate table and helping you communicate your qualifications and potential as a candidate during the interview.
- Reviewing your CV – this CV audit is an essential part of the process of interview preparation
- Overview of best-practice pre-interview research.
- Work on voice and image projection.
- Interview preparation role-play with video play-back as well as review of image, voice projections etc.
- Plus bullet proofing you for all those tricky interview questions which are now more important than ever. After the session and having done your homework you will be on the road towards being “Paxman-Proof & Paper-Free” when you do get to the interview.
A professionally qualified trainer, I also have extensive interviewing experience from the other side of the fence:
- as MD of 3 manufacturing companies with over 130 staff
- in Magistrate Selections – Sussex
- 12 months working with Head of International HR @ SAP
Over 85% of my clients have got the jobs they want.
I deal with all my clients directly. Discretion and rigour are guaranteed.
I have written extensively about interview preparation on my blog – have a look at this blogpost and perhaps some of the other blogs on interview preparation, personal branding and storytelling.
Click here for an article on telephone interviews and an outline of my interview preparation courses for graduates. I hope you enjoy them and that they are useful.
Interview Preparation – what my clients say.
If you scroll down you will see what some of my clients have said.
I don’t know if you remember me – you gave me some interview coaching last year for law training contract interviews. I just wanted to let you know that I recently obtained a training contract with Charles Russell in London and to thank you for all your help and advice last year; it made a huge difference to the way I approached interviews and the whole application process in general. It really gave me the confidence to sell myself and to use my experiences to my advantage. I definitely couldn’t've done it without you, I really appreciate all your advice and insight, thank you very much! Hope you’re well.
“Any graduate trying to secure a training contract with the top city law firms will know the competition is tougher than ever this year. The number of applicants has soared even as contracts have become scarce. It’s not uncommon for a firm to interview 250 applicants for 50 places.
For my top-choice firm I knew I had to do something special. In the week prior to I-day, Peter gave me two telephone interviews. The first took me to pieces: it showed me all the gaps in my knowledge and the inadequacies in what I’d genuinely thought was my in-depth interview preparation. I had to go away and do some serious work.
By the end of the second interview I felt like I could handle whatever trick questions a panel of partners could throw at me. I knew exactly what I wanted to say, what was special about me and how to get that across to the interviewer. The confidence he gave me was invaluable. The firm offered me full sponsorship and a contract within a week. I really can’t recommend him enough.”
Ghislaine Lawless 2.1 English Literature – Bristol, Ashurst
“A masters at the College of Europe, the most prestigious higher education institution specialized in European studies, had been my objective ever since doing an internship in Brussels during my first year of University.
Having to face roughly 4000 other applicants from all over Europe for 370 places, I knew that my 2.1 in International Relations from Royal Holloway was not sufficient to beat the competition and that I had to go the extra mile.
For this reason, I contacted Peter, who used his experience to help me draft my CV, my personal statement and to refine my interview skills.
When I finally got the letter confirming my place at the College, I knew that Peter’s professional touch on my application and his impact on my interview skills had been fundamental to my success. I truly cannot thank him enough and I would strongly recommend anyone in my position to take full advantage of his interview preparation services.”
Edoardo Troina – MA Candidate, College of Europe – Natolin
“After recently graduating from a Russell group university I knew what direction I wanted to go in but was uncertain how to get there. I had got the experience but didn’t know how to present this. Peter completely re-worked my CV and covering letter into a far more concise format that targeted exactly what employers wanted. In addition Peter prepared me for interviews and gave me a huge amount more confidence for when I found myself in that situation. Within only a few weeks I had secured the summer internship and graduate job that I wanted. Overall I cannot recommend Peter’s comprehensive interview preparation service enough.”