“Why do I need a career coach to help me prepare for my job interview? After all isn’t an interview just a conversation between a candidate and an employer.”
But is it really?
Most organizations still rely on interviews as the only assessment before selecting a candidate. Without a coach, you could be limiting your career success. In order to weed out unsatisfactory candidates following the initial resume and cover letter screening, many companies ask in-depth behavioural questions to help them get a better understanding of potential employees in the short time.
If you aren’t properly prepared for those questions or can’t answer the simple, “tell me about yourself” with confidence, then you would definitely benefit from hiring on a career coach to help you with these job mechanics.
When it comes to interview preparation, coaches play many different roles, but primarily their job involves:
Essentially, coaches help you focus on what’s important, accelerating your growth to the next level.
Here are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to hire an interview coach before you look for your next career:
A coach can help you differentiate yourself from the pack and advance your career at a quicker rate.
A good coach understands what interviewers are looking for in candidates based on their own vast experience of hiring in different roles.
Even great performers have blind spots and an interview coach is perfectly placed to help you address them with their experience and unbiased approach.
Your coach is THE person to talk about the things that are bothering you; about your fears, goals and failures. A good coach would have already come across these issues multiple times will coaching other candidates and will be able to act as your sound board, listen actively and provide you with best advice.
A career transition is a complicated process. You need someone to ensure that you have thought-through and researched all the aspects of the new industry and role. Your coach will also help you prepare for the interviews in the newly chosen career.
The higher you are on a corporate ladder, the tougher it gets to find a confidant among your friends and colleagues. Your coach is trained to understand your doubts and be non-judgmental.
Lastly, job hunting can be a difficult and demotivating, yet you need to keep going on. Your interview coach will help you stay on track by making you responsible for taking initiatives and having you report regularly on your accomplishments.
When it comes to our careers, we all desire to be in a job that makes us feel happy, energized, motivated and important. Having that dream job doesn’t have to be just a dream. In fact, with the help of the right career coach, that dream job can easily become your reality. Think of coaching as an investment, not an expense.
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Shirin Patwa is an Interview and Career Coach. With years of experience in leading HR departments of large multi-national organizations; she coaches candidates that need help with getting hired and career transformations. Follow her on LinkedIn.