This is a story of success and failure.
“I GOT THE JOB!!!
Compensation and bonus aligned! I start Friday!!!
Thank you again for this last push of encouragement and belief! I truly appreciate it!”
A great deal happened between this joyful message and the depressed mess Amy was a month earlier before we worked together.
The trick to coaching people around careers is figuring out the problem. Many times the clients have no idea what is going on. They just know something is very wrong.
Amy, an HR executive recovering from a layoff, was well networked. Her job search tools (resume and LinkedIn profile) were good. She had numerous interviews but never managed to land anything. She was depressed, frustrated, disappointed, embarrassed, humiliated… She embodied the entire range of job seekers’ emotion.
I made a calculated guess that Amy’s issue concerned interviewing. We spend an hour preparing for an upcoming interview using The Interview Doctor’s unique approach to interview preparation. Amy went away to practice as instructed. We exchanged a few texts and then she went off to the interview. She was nervous but had girded her loins with preparation, Interview Doctor-style.
She did great! With her preparation she was able to focus on the hiring manager because she was confident about what she wanted to say. They established an immediate rapport. Amy networked through a common connection who vouched for her skills and character which boosted her status to the hiring manager. She advanced to the next level and did great with the rest of the team and peers. After 3 rounds of interviews and some reference checking, the stars aligned for the job offer Amy wanted and that excited email you see above.
What makes the difference between getting the job and not? Sometimes it is as simple as getting some support.
Amy’s situation ended well because someone (me) listened to her, figured out the core issue and gave her the tools and the confidence to knock that ball out of the park! How would your career or job search change if you had that support behind you?
To improve your ability to get what you want in your career, check out The Interview Doctor’s worksheet, Tell Me About Yourself. Learn to interview like a pro! Let me know if you want more personal help with interview coaching for a specific opportunity. That investment in yourself might make the difference between success and failure.