The job interview can be awkward, stressful and a huge stumbling block for anyone who hasn’t prepared both mentally and strategically for the various stages and encounters. Fortunately, there are resources available for getting past the interview and landing an offer.
Interview coaching is one of the best resources available because it equips you with a hiring expert and addresses the key hang-ups including the often overlooked pieces like body language, voice tone and other red flags that are hard to capture on your own.
So just how do you know when it’s time to take advantage of interview coaching? Here are 7 signs you may be in need of an interview coach:
You’re landing interviews but not scoring offers
The whole point of the interview is to eventually receive a job offer. If you are interviewing for what feels like an eternity with no job offers, something is clearly off and needs to be corrected. An interview coach can spot these things quickly and help you work towards fixing them with an expert eye and best practices.
You break into a cold sweat at the thought of interviewing
Interview nerves are normal, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be mastered. If the thought interviewing makes you nervous or inflicts anxiety, you might be self-sabotaging yourself before you even get to the interview phase. This includes not making it past the phone interview phase. An interview coach can help to spot the weak points and implement strategies for getting past them as well as start to build your confidence so that you remain in control!
When you walk into an interview, rambling becomes your normal convo style
One of the biggest mistakes I find every client making is that of not answer the question that is asked or taking the answers on irrelevant tangents. Rambling can cause the interviewer to check out or peg you as a bad listener. An interview coach can help to point out your ramblings and construct stronger, more concise answers that will have you standing out as a polished and smart candidate.
You need help with your “WOW” factor
Since you will be competing against other, potentially more qualified candidates, you’ll want to bring something stellar to the table.Let’s face it:
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Interview coaching can help to identify the exact hiring need as well as the qualities you possess that will leave them wanting more.
You need help selling yourself
The interview is not the time for you to share every detail of your work history (despite the fact that you are being asked about it). Interviewing is the time for you to strategically guide the interviewer in your qualities most relevant to the job opening. It’s also the time for you to build trust, likeability and intrigue. In short, you must be selling yourself. Since not everyone excels in this department, interview coaching is a perfect solution. An interview coach can help to spot your key selling points and then give you the correct information to use (or omit).
You aren’t familiar with the interview process
Interviewing can be complex since every company has their own process, questions and timeline for hiring. Not knowing what’s going on throughout the interview can hinder your chances of getting the offer you desire or misalign your expectations. An interview coach can help to explain the process each step of the way, which will leave you feeling more in control.
You don’t know how to answer those tricky interview questions
While no two interviews are the same, there are standard interview questions that tend to make the list every time. For example questions around salary expectation can either make or break your ability to receive the salary you deserve. Interview coaching will help you feel comfortable answering some of the most difficult questions and more importantly keep you in the game so you land the job!