What Is Career and Interview Coaching and When Should You Use It?

Ever wondered if career coaching or interview coaching would be beneficial in finding the right career path for you or help you land your dream job?

Career Coaching can benefit people at all stages of their working lives, especially at the beginning of your career journey, as it provides valuable direction that can serve you for the rest of your working life. Career Coaching is an opportunity to ascertain your career direction, to gain clarity and find the role that is the right fit for you. For those wishing to look at a career change, speaking with a career coach can help you determine and confirm your talents and transferable skills, so you can work towards a manageable career change.

Career coaching can also provide a valuable insight into the labour market, so that you can see where jobs are currently available or are being created, and we can work with you to determine job search strategies that will work for you. Some of the areas that a Career Coach will work with you on include:

Do you have a ‘dream job’: Is there an industry that you are interested in changing into, or have you thought about what a career change might look like for you? It is best to be realistic but also include roles that push your boundaries or encourage excitement in going to work again. You might also be able to identify a role that’s a stepping stone on the way to your dream job.

Transferable skills: Soft skills are often the most transferable, so identifying them early can help you understand the ways you might bring value to a new role or industry. Hard skills are your technical abilities gained by education or training. Taking inventory of your hard and soft skills can help you identify if there are certain industries that might be easier to transition into.

New skills: Does your career change or new role require you to learn new skills? It is best to consider if you can upskill, the types of study you would be willing to undertake and whether you have current skills and qualifications that you would be interested in strengthening.

What are your non-negotiables: Think of your current and previous work experiences and non-negotiables that you would like to take with you moving forward.

Passions and values: Ascertaining what drives you and what values mean the most will help you to refine your career direction.

During the 1-hour telephone or Zoom session we work with you to explain your career goals and ascertain your career direction. We also provide a follow up email and phone consult with report and action plan provided with additional sessions available.

The interview process can be a nerve wracking experience and can test the ability of even the most accomplished employee.  Our Interview Coaching sessions are designed to be undertaken toward the end of your career journey and enable us to impart our knowledge from years of experience on public and private sector interview panels, to assist you when it becomes your turn to sit in front of the interview panel.

Some of our main interview tips include:

Examine the position description: Having an in-depth understanding of the position will improve the likelihood of having a successful interview outcome.

Understand what skills you bring to the role: prepare specific examples of when you have demonstrated these competencies and the skills you used.

Research the company: Look at the organisation’s website for information, then check out their social media pages. If you have access to past or present employees, informal conversations with them will also give you insights that you can’t get through online research.

Practice your answers: While you can’t predict every question that you’ll be asked, there are plenty of ways you can prepare and practice what you’ll talk about. For ideas on some general interview questions you may be asked, check out our article in the News section of our website.

Write down the questions you want to ask: One of the best ways to show your interest in a role is by asking three or four questions at the end of an interview. For ideas on some general interview questions you may want to ask, check out our article in the News section of our website.

During the 1-hour telephone or Zoom consultation we will work with you to practice interview and mock questions, with analysis and critique of your responses. You’ll learn about behavioural-based interviewing, STAR and SAO methods and acquire strategies to stand out from other applicants and increase your success. We also provide specialist skills in government selection panels and impart our experience from the other side of the table.

Our sessions offer you a chance to learn what to do in the interview lead up so you are expertly prepared on the day, refine your interview responses to ensure you are on-question and addressing key competencies and learn how to articulate your strengths, effectively evidence your potential value and differentiate yourself from other applicants. These informative sessions offer an opportunity for you to ask questions, and we provide follow up resources for your future reference.

If you require more information on either of our coaching sessions, please feel free to contact us today or check out our website for more information.

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