Interview Preparation: What Does the Coaching Process Entail?

Have you considered being coached to improve your performance during an interview and wondered what it entailed? As a successful coach of 100’s of educators over the last seven years, let me give you an overview of my approach which includes: (1) a preliminary review of your resume and cover letter; (2) a brief complimentary telephone in-take conversation; (3) several (between one and four) one-on-one, face-to-face, one-hour coaching sessions. The following is a summary of what takes place during each step of the process:

Preliminary Review of Your Resume—evaluate the resume using the following criteria:

  1. Less Is More—Is the resume to the point?
  2. Cite accomplishments; Not Job Description
  3. Lead with Your Strengths –catch attention of reviewer
  4. Does the timeline make sense?
  5. Keep format simple and logical
  6. Emphasize accomplishments that match the scope of the job
  7. Omit activities that are not relevant to the position

In-Take Conversation—the following questions will be answered:

  1. What position(s) are you seeking?
  2. How long have you been applying for jobs? How many jobs have you applied for?
  3. How many first-round interviews have you had? Second-round? Beyond second-round?
  4. What do you think the problem is in not moving on in the process?
  5. Provide information regarding fee; arrange time and place of first session; clarify issues stemming from the resume review; and answer additional questions.

Coaching Sessions

  • Review and edit resume and cover letter; how to prepare for an
  • interview; and begin analyzing and crafting response to “Tell Us About Yourself”
  • Finalize and practice response to “Tell Us About Yourself”; strategize answers to 5 to 10 of the most frequently asked questions.
  • Strategize answers to 5 to 10 of the most frequently asked questions.
  • Learn “how to close the deal” strategies and tactics.

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