Many career coaches (myself included) conduct mock interviews with their clients as part of the overall coaching process. Often times we are working to help them showcase a specific skill e.g. executive presence or conceptual flexibility – items that often don’t present themselves easily on the resume.
Most senior level clients can navigate an interview with ease and want more targeted coaching on a specific issue. So instead of practicing “answering tough questions” or role-playing “returning well-formed interviewee questions,” we’ll focus on demonstrating ROI on past projects or exemplifying leadership style and cultural fit. It’s the same thing really, just a higher level of difficulty.
That said interview basics do get covered during these sessions, especially in the case of a senior executive changing organizations or a mid-level professional reentering the workforce after a break.
Even the most seasoned professional needs to practice. If you are working with a career coach, make sure he/she incorporates this valuable tool into the overall plan. Practice may not make perfect, but no practice makes a mess.
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