Interview Skills Training 2020-12-14T13:45:54+00:00

Interview Skills Training

Finding a job means marketing yourself. You are the product you’re selling to a potential employer.

We teach you how to perform best at interviews, how to handle difficult questions and thrive under pressure.

An interview prep session will take you through body language and communication skills, and will run through practice questions and answers to make sure you are the most prepared you can be. Preparation reduces the risk of getting caught out, and confidence enables your best assets to shine through.

Increasingly interviews take place online which makes it much harder to get your personality across, so this is an area we can provide specific guidance on.

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Interview Skills FAQ

How do you answer why should we hire you? 2020-12-14T13:29:24+00:00

Highlight briefly where you would add value to the role, your experience, your commitment, your personality.

If they chose not to, it means that the role wasn’t for you!

What are good questions to ask at an interview? 2020-12-14T13:25:49+00:00
  • How would you describe the culture of the organisation
  • What are the priorities to be addressed in this role
  • What does your ideal candidate look like
  • How does this role fit into the larger team
  • What reservations or gaps to you see in my application
  • What happens next?
How do I know what my skills are? 2020-12-14T13:24:31+00:00

You will have gained experience and skills at each different stage and circumstance in your life. Here are just a few ideas but you know yourself best and will be able to come up with skills you may not previously have recognised. Also ask friends, family and colleagues what they see as your skills – these may be different to the ones you see. Example of skills are: planning; organising and prioritising; conceptualising ideas; decision making and problem solving; research and processing of information; working effectively or leading a team; verbal and or writing skills; goal setting; time management; selling; project management; financial accountability.

What are the top things employers are looking for? 2020-12-14T13:23:59+00:00

In addition to specific subject expertise and the ability to perform the role, interpersonal skills are the key things employers are looking for. These are

  • Communication
  • Confidence and motivation
  • Strong ethics and integrity
  • Critical thinking
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Resilience
  • Emotional intelligence and team work
  • Responsible digital and social media behaviour
What are some interview techniques? 2020-12-14T13:22:09+00:00

Preparation is key.

  1. Find out a little about who you are meeting so you have some sense of who will be interviewing you, their time at the company and their role and interests.
  2. Make sure you know about the organisation, what is its history, what makes it different to other companies in the same sector and why you’d like to work there
  3. Know how you could add value to the role and the organisation. Be very clear about your skills and make sure you have examples of experience if possible using the RSTAR approach.  Result up first (eg the time I took charge in an emergency, summoned the ambulance and saved a life); then describe the Situation, what was the Task /problem you had to face, what Action did you take, what was the Result
  4. Arrive early at least 30 minutes and go to a nearby café first to check yourself in the bathroom (no poppy seeds from that lunchtime roll). And do a couple of start jumps to get your energy up
  5. Listen carefully to the questions, don’t ramble and be yourself
How can I improve my interview skills?  2020-12-14T13:20:21+00:00

The best way, as with anything, is knowledge and practice which then helps build confidence.  Being the real you, showing your authentic personality, your skills and experience is the best way to shine.   Employees want to hire people who not only have the capability to do the job but someone who fits in well with the team and the organisation’s values.

What is interview training? 2020-12-14T13:19:54+00:00

Interview training helps you prepare for an interview with someone independent who has extensive  experience of recruitment and what employers are looking for.  They will give you feedback on your presentation and top tips on how best to succeed.

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What is the difference between a life and a career coach? 2020-12-11T14:58:30+00:00

A life coach works with you to look at all aspects of your life; this can include career; romance; money; health/wellbeing and you chose which element (or more than one) you’d like to focus on and improve.

Coaching is very much goal focused (rather than therapy which is often addressing past traumas and other issues) so you can achieve your individual potential.

A coach helps you achieve the best you.

What can you expect from a career coach? 2020-12-11T14:58:26+00:00

In addition  to knowing what path you want to pursue, the most important things employers are now looking for are the ‘soft skills’ including  confidence and motivation, resilience and emotional intelligence – things our current education system does not cover.

A career coach will help you define  your career direction, ensure you have the tools to make the best applications, shine at interviews and build your key soft skills too.

What are the benefits of career coaching? 2020-12-11T14:58:21+00:00

A career coach helps you identify, set and achieve your goals.  We all achieve so much more if we are very clear about where we want to get to, but so often job searching can simply be a ‘scatter gun’ of applications.

A career coach helps you clarify your strengths, motivations, interests and skills and identify a career path(s) (which sectors, activities,) that suit you; highlight any skills you might need to develop (e.g. interviewing, networking) and works with you to develop the tools you need (e.g. CV writing) to secure a great job.

Do I need a career coach? 2020-12-11T14:58:16+00:00

Yes, you would certainly benefit from career coaching if you don’t know what you want to do, which  path would suit you and how you can find it. Having a career coach is the best investment you can make.

If however you know exactly what you want and how to find it, then you don’t need a career coach.

However, if there are other areas in your life that are not exactly how you’d like them e.g. money/finance, work/life balance; family/friends; health/wellbeing, then a Forward life coach can help.

Working with Forward helps others! 2020-12-11T14:58:39+00:00

When you invest in your future with Forward you’re also making great things happen in the world.  Forward is a member of B1G1—Business for Good

Why 18-30? 2020-12-11T14:58:44+00:00

18 – 30 is a guideline.  We do work with younger people still in education perhaps struggling with exam pressures, general anxiety and other challenges and we do work with people older than 30.  However, we have found that people 30s+ have different challenges, best served by our sister company Rutbusters

Why Forward? 2020-12-11T14:58:48+00:00
  1. We have an outstanding track record of delivering results
  2. We are experts on the challenges and opportunities experienced by 18-30-year olds
  3. We’re great value for money
  4. We have coaches to suit every individual.
  5. We use proven world-class tools to help you achieve your goals
  6. Our extensive networks help you explore career paths and get to talk to professionals in their fields so you can learn about what working in different sectors and industries really looks like
Does Forward help with job finding? 2020-12-11T14:58:53+00:00

Our job shadowing service offers you the opportunity to talk to and shadow experts and explore career routes (building up your knowledge of industries and developing networks) before taking a plunge into employment or a new career path. No one can guarantee you a job, but this is one of the best ways to land one.

What are the benefits of working with Forward? 2020-12-11T14:58:57+00:00

Our Forward coaches help you find a clear path to the life you want most.

We help you increase your self-awareness – of your strengths so you can maximise them and your weaknesses so you can address them.  Self-awareness is one of the most sought-after skills of today’s employers.

Our Forward coaches help you build confidence and support you to develop key skills.

Your Forward coach is your trusted partner who helps expand your thinking and gain perspective and clarity about your objectives.  Your coach is non-judgemental and has no agenda other than to help you be the best you can be.

Elite athletes, singers and top executives all have coaches to help them achieve and maintain their peak performance.  Isn’t it time you had one too?

How much does it cost? 2021-01-13T08:57:38+00:00

All our programmes are designed around your personal needs, your goals and the challenges you wish to overcome. We match your requirements to the expert member(s) of our team to get you the right support – whether it is career direction, confidence building, personal branding or interview preparation – and work around your diary.

Each session is typically between one and two hours, but the length depends on the nature and range of the discussion. Sessions are supported with email and texts and homework is often given to make maximum progress.

An initial one to one coaching session, lasting 90-120 minutes, starts at £300. Subsequent sessions cost from £195. In most cases our clients invest between £300 – £700 in a coaching programme tailored to their specific needs.

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