Are You Underestimating the Interview?
You’ve worked too hard, waited too long.
Prepare right and give yourself the best opportunity to succeed.
I meet most clients at a very stressful time in their job application process.
Their resume has been screened in.
They have passed the knowledge tests.
And then they realize, sometimes days before their interview, that they’ve prepared for nearly every aspect of the application process, but they have no idea how to practice for the interview.
Studying for a knowledge test is easy enough; we all know how to study from our school days.
Training for an interview is not something most people know how to do, and it’s also the reason so many people struggle with this phase of the job application process.
I’m Connie Clace.
With extensive experience conducting interviews, both as a manager and as a Human Resource Officer in the Federal Government, I have an indepth knowledge of both conventional and competency based interviews.
I have successfully coached clients from across the country in preparing for a variety of interviews, including RCMP, Police, Fire, medical and Federal Government, to name but a few.
As a Certified Professional Career Coach, having worked with many clients as they pursue a new job or promotion,.
It is a clear choice for anyone looking to be successful in their interview.
” Connie’s career and coaching interviewing tips gets you the right delivery and structure for the interview. She helped me build my STAR examples and made them extraordinary, which convinced the interviewer to recommend me to the next step. Without this coaching, I don’t think I would be writing this at the moment! She is so friendly and nice to work with; she is a clear choice for anyone preparing for an interview.
Are You Ready?
Do you know what questions you will be asked in a conventional interview? Are your examples from past experiences good enough to be used when answering behavioural based questions?
After years of successfully coaching clients through a variety of interviews, I have put my best advice, exercises and tips into a comprehensive workbook that you can use to prepare for the interview on your own time, for less than the price of a one-on-one coaching session.
Think of this like your workout plan for the interview. After you’re done, you’ll be in the best interview shape of your life.
This Interview Preparation Workbook is for you if:
- You are committed to being successful during this phase of the job application process.
- You don’t have a good understanding of what kinds of questions will be asked during a conventional interview.
- You are not sure what a competency based interview is, and what types of questions will be asked.
- You have interview jitters or anxiety, and need help getting over those nerves.
You aren’t alone. Everyone who is preparing for an interview is worried about how well they will do. They feel extremely nervous about the whole process.
Everyone asks themselves the same questions:
- Do I have the necessary skills that will allow me to demonstrate to the organization that I am the right fit for the job? What examples can I provide to show them I am the person they should hire?
- What kinds of questions will I be asked? How will I answer them?
- Will I be able to remember what I want to say when I am asked a question?
- Will I ramble on and not know how to finish my response?
Proper Preparation is the Answer
Proper preparation can address all of these areas and give you the best possible opportunity to be the successful candidate.
After completing this workbook you will have:
- answered 20 of the most common questions that you may be asked during a conventional interview, learning what points you should consider when formulating your answers and using the sample responses as a guide;
- a list, complete with definitions, of ten of the most common competencies used by organizations to assess the attributes that are most important to them;
- an understanding of the S*T*A*R principle, and learn how to formulate your answers to behavioural based questions;
- answered the 20 behavioural based competency questions, ensuring you have good examples ready for your next interview;
- answered 20 situational questions, using the consideration points provided to help you formulate your answers; and
- learned a number of interview tips on how to best prepare yourself for the big day.
I passed the interview and I know I could never have done it without Connie
After being out of the workforce for nine years as a stay at home mom, and having done only two interviews in my 17 year career, I knew I would need assistance with the interview process. The type of interview I would be doing was based on competencies that required specific situations. Connie spent hours helping me hone my examples, even while she was on holiday out of Province! I was in awe of her knowledge and what she taught me to present my experiences well. I learnt SO much from her, I cannot thank her enough. I passed the interview and I know I could never have done it without Connie; she was truly instrumental in my success!
Take Control of The Process
Clients, on average, may require two to four hours of coaching to properly prepare for a conventional interview, or more if it is a competency based interview. By completing this workbook, you can save hours of coaching time, by coming up with responses and personal examples on your own time, at your own pace.
But don’t wait until you have an interview date to start working on this Workbook. Start preparing now, to ensure that you have enough time to formulate your answers, gather your examples or create new ones.
Remember, this is a great way to take control of the interview process, to help ensure that you are as prepared as you can be. This small investment now will provide you with the skills you need to prepare for any interview, which, if successful, will take you one step further on your journey to a lifelong career.
The Complete Interview Prep Package
Everything you need to do your very best at a Conventional and Competency Based Interview.
Workbook + 60 Minute Interview Coaching
The Complete Interview Prep Package contains everything you need to be successful.
After downloading, reading and completing the workbook, we’ll schedule a 60 minute in person or Skype coaching session to review your answers and conduct a mock interview.
You’ll receive specific feedback on your examples, delivery and body language.
You’ll leave the session with a knowledge of how to continue preparing on your own and ways in which you can improve.
This workbook is laid out in three easy to read Parts.
A detailed overview of what you can expect during a conventional interview, complete with 20 sample questions, points to consider when you are formulating your answers, as well as a complete sample response for each question.
Competency based interviews, which include behavioural and situational questions, are very unique in nature, and require a very specific approach. This section of the workbook will guide you through 20 questions, two per competency, and assist you in structuring your answers using the S*T*A*R principle, which is the most common format when answering behavioural based interview questions. Hypothetical situations are the basis for the situational based interview. In this workbook, you will be given 20 hypothetical scenarios, two per competency, with comprehensive points to consider to assist you in structuring your answers.
Great responses and examples are only part of the battle when it comes to the interview. You need to be able to deliver them with confidence and display excellent communication skills. This final section of the workbook will give you practical, real life advice on how to improve your technique and delivery. Remember, communication is one of the most common competencies, so it’s important that you deliver your answers in a concise and organized fashion.
The Basic Interview Prep Package
The book only option (but still great!).
The digital workbook, as a stand along tool, is a fantastic investment in your future career. You’ll have instant access to the workbook so you can begin your interview preparation right away.
Don’t Have a Competency Based Interview?
What if you’re having a conventional interview and don’t need practice with behavioural and situational questions? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with a simplified version of workbook.
In this digital workbook, which includes all the same information as Part A and Part C of the full workbook above, you will receive all the information you need to prepare for a Conventional Interview. This includes 20 of the most common questions, with points on how to formulate your answers, as well as complete sample responses.
It also includes all of my best tips on how to prepare for the interview, and what you should do while at the interview.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question 1: If I am doing a Behavioural Interview, why can’t I just come up with experience examples for each competency instead of actually answering these questions?
Answer: Having examples ready that will speak to each competency is only the first step in preparing for the interview. Not only do you have to have examples prepared, but you must be able to use those examples to answer the questions that are posed by the interview board. This is something I hear from clients often. “I had a great example ready for this competency, but it doesn’t answer the question.” Using this Workbook will help you think about your examples in terms of a response to a question, and to take your examples and formulate them into an actual answer and not just a story.
Question 2: Will this help me with my interview nerves?
Answer: The biggest reason most people get nervous during an interview is that they are not feeling prepared. Taking the time to complete this Workbook will help you develop good answers and experiences and articulate them in an organized manner. It also provides tips and tricks for being at an interview. Following through with the entire Workbook will help you be more prepared, which will make you feel more confident, and ultimately help relieve those nerves.
Question 3: Will this help me improve my interview techniques?
Answer: Once you have completed this Workbook, by answering the Conventional Interview sample questions, as well as the 20 Behavioural based and 20 Situational based questions, and reading the Tips and Tricks section, you can practice delivering your answers. A good trick is to have someone videotape you, which will get you comfortable speaking in front of an audience, and also allow you to play it back and see how you did.
Question 4: Will anything be mailed to me?
Answer: No. The workbook is a downloadable PDF so you can begin prepping for the interview immediately after your purchase is complete. A download link will be sent to the email you provide at purchase along with further instructions to set up your coaching time if you purchased The Complete Interview Prep Package. If you are unfamiliar with viewing digital PDF documents, further instructions are provided with the download.
100% Money Back Guarantee
Although I cannot guarantee you will pass your interview, I can guarantee that this Workbook will exceed your expectations and provide you with the tools and techniques your need to do your very best. If you’re unhappy with your purchase for any reason, please contact me within 14 days of purchase and you will receive a complete refund.