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 nine years, let me give you an overview of my approach which includes: (1) a free 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 or remote one-hour coaching sessions. The following is a summary of what takes place during each step of the process:

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

   a. Less Is More—Is the resume to the point?

   b. Cite accomplishments; not a Job Description

   c. Lead with Your Strengths –catch attention of reviewer

   d. Does your timeline make sense?

   e. Keep format simple and logical

   f. Emphasize accomplishments that match the scope of the job 

   g. Omit activities that are not relevant to the position

2. In-Take Conversation—the following questions will be asked of you:

   a. What position(s) are you seeking?

   b. How long have you been applying for jobs? How many jobs have you applied for?

   c. How many first-round interviews have you had? Second-round? Beyond second-round?

   d. What do you think the problem might be in not moving on in the process?

   e. Information regarding fee; arrange time and place of first session; clarify issues stemming from the resume review; and answer your additional questions.

3. 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.
  • Analyze that your future supervisor is really looking for.
  • Mutually create your narrative that emphasizes your strengths and neutralizes any potential weakness.
  • Strategize answers to an additional 5 to 10 of the most frequently asked questions.
  • Do a mock interview and get constructive feedback.
  • Learn strategies and tactics on “how to close the deal” and negotiating salary. Dr. Aronstein provides one-on-one coaching in the preparation of resumes and preparing clients for job interviews. For more information go to www.larryaronstein.com

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