Something I’ve always found interesting as an HR person is that everyone gets nervous for an interview, most of us do pretty poorly with them, and yet, at the same time, a lot of us think interview coaching is a big waste of time and we think we know what to do in one. If it’s a waste of time to have an interview coach, if we know how to interview - why in the world are we doing such a terrible job in them?

An interview coach helps people prefer for the Grand Inquisition - aka the job interview for the job we want. The name kind of gives it away! But it’s not just prepping us for how to answer the same boring questions we always have to answer. You’d be really surprised what services a coach can offer if you think that’s all they actually do.

Here are some reasons an interview coach can help you:

  1. Do you get really nervous? An interview coach will help you practice until you’re confident.

  2. Do you have a problem spot? Have you been fired before? Did you take a lot of time off? Changing careers? A coach can help you with messaging - and this definitely needs messaging!

  3. Do you get a lot of interviews, but not many offers? That’s actually not that uncommon, but an interview coach can let you know if your average is off and can help you bump it up either way. You’ll find out if you’re overselling in your resume and letting them down at the interview, or if you’re underselling at the interview and not closing the deal.

  4. It’s been a long time! Lucky you, haven’t had to do this torture in awhile! But now you’re back in the game and the interviewing process has changed. A coach will get you up to date.

  5. This interview is for your dream job. Don’t let this one get away! A coach will help you land this for sure.

Interview coaching can take place in person, online, or on the phone. Typically a coach will do at least one mock interview and give a list of questions for the client to prepare for. They’ll provide feedback and then hopefully help you practice more. They’ll help you with body language, questions to ask of the company, and even work with you on how to dress appropriately.

The services of an interview coach can make the difference between a lot of wasted time in multiple interviews, or landing the job of your dreams in the first round. If you’re considering re-entering the job market, you’ll want to consider this so you have the upper hand!