Job interviews are so fundamental to professional advancement. Every executive has had a few times, if not many times, when the executive did not get the offer. The executive may feel that the executive “blew” the interview. The executive may be thinking: Was I too nervous? Was I too rambling in my responses? Did I not ask the right questions? Was my body language off putting? Was my voice too squeaky?
The executive will analyze the perceived failed interview a thousand different ways. What is more frustrating is that many executives extensively prepare for interviews by researching the company and its people, anticipating kinds of questions, and practicing scripted answers. They were prepared, or so they thought.
What most executives do not know about or consider is an interview coach. Even at the pinnacle of their talents, world class athletes hire coaches to improve their “skills.” Why wouldn’t you get help on how to nail a job interview?
My blog guest, Corinne Vargas, is just such a person who can help you “up your interview game.” She is the founder of CVC Consulting, a firm that offers, among other services, coaching for professional and business interviews.
FINCH: Corinne, we know that a successful interview has a huge impact on whether an executive makes it to the next round and hopefully receives a job offer. Why do you think it does not occur to most executives that it is worth the investment to hire someone to hone their interviewing skills?
VARGAS: In my experience, the investment is often not the barrier to hiring a coach. Instead, I have found many executives do not consider interview coaching and support for two reasons: 1) they are eager to start the process of finding a new position and feel they want to tackle it as quickly as possible, which often means alone, OR 2) do not know coaching is available for tailored situations. Unfortunately, many clients find coaches after attempting to tackle the process on their own and in various states of rejection, frustration, and desperation.
However, post-coaching, clients often express the lessened anxiety and frustration they felt during the process compared to going it alone. They explain having a coach “on their side” to help them through various steps in the process proved invaluable. Skilled coaches can help clients though different steps or aspects of the process including interview question preparation, nervous and anxious manifestations, content presentation, transition story framing and storytelling in the interview context. Coached clients frequently state feeling more control over the process and a higher level of confidence and preparedness, ultimately bolstering a better representation of personal brand and better outcomes.
My advice to an executive in transition or looking to transition, is that it is worth the time to at least explore a coach as it can save time, frustration, and help you achieve your goals with more confidence, focus, and many times speed. If an executive decides to explore the option, they should look for an interview coach who provides focused, tailored coaching sessions offering perspective and actionable feedback.