We are The Interview Coaches, Carole Martin and Rod Buchanan, who have coached literally thousands of candidates ranging from Administration to FBI Agent candidates and everything in-between. We would like very much to chat with you and find out what’s going on in your career and interviews.
Through our extensive experience and education, you will find a quick chat very rewarding and you will receive immediate feedback and options available to you.
You’re about to discover the inside secrets for becoming the top candidate in a highly competitive market based on my experience on the other side of the interview desk conducting 1,000’s of interviews.
And the best part? You can get an enormous edge over your competition by practicing these simple techniques for just a day or two.
Thanks for your help with the interview preparation last month. I just wanted to let you know that I was offered and I accepted the position as Eastern Division Director of Field Programs for the Land Trust Alliance.
While I ended up going “off script” during the actual interview, talking with you did in fact help give me more confidence, provided a framework and structure for answering questions, and helped me be far more prepared with well thought out stories and examples to back up my qualifications for the job.
Thank you for your valuable service.
Rod Buchanan was extremely helpful in preparing me for my interview. Not only did he work hard with me in writing well prepared answers, but accurately predicted the questions that they would ask. I was 100% prepared for the interview and felt very relaxed and confident. He exceeded my expectations in every way! Thank you for helping me succeed in getting the job offer.
Thank you for being extremely helpful in preparing me for my interview. Not only did you work hard with me in writing well prepared answers, but you accurately predicted the questions that they would ask. I was 100% prepared for the interview and felt very relaxed and confident. Thank you for helping me succeed in getting a job offer. You exceeded my expectations in every way! It was such a pleasure working with you!
Rod is one of one of the best professional coaches we have in the business today. Rod’s commitment levels are rare, and commendable – he gives it his all! Rod brings in a very clear framework, and creates metrics for success. As an HR leader, I implicitly trust Rod’s coaching/mentoring skills. What makes him authentic is the fact that he has tremendous business experience, and draws from it to coach/mentor his clients. I highly recommend Rod to anyone who is looking for a coach/mentor/guide.
I would highly recommend Rod Buchanan. Not only if you’re seeking a specific role; but also if you’re looking to increase your marketability as a candidate more broadly. I considered myself a decent interviewee prior to working with Rod; it’s amazing the level of improvement I’ve made. Rod is incredibly intelligent, and his ability to take abstract concepts and apply them to real world interview scenarios is second to none. He went above and beyond with me; his dedication and attentiveness made me feel like I was his only client and he sincerely cared about my progress and ultimate outcome. The skills I’ve learned working with Rod will be useful for the rest my life and I’m truly grateful. I feel incredibly prepared for any interview and I feel like I’m substantially more attractive as a candidate overall after going through Rod’s program.
Thanks again for your help!
“I bought your Instant Interview Coach package a few days ago. I went for a very formal government job and was able to considerably improve my interview performance by focusing on my friendliness (I think I usually come across as pretty officious in an interview due to being anxious) and my ability to enthusiastically lead a team to outstanding outcomes (I usually try to prove I can do a hundred things which ends up like a shopping list).”
I was a lot less stressed than usual and had the five fingers full of things I wanted to add and I had a question for them that led to them giving me a lot of info and us having a laugh together (always a good sign!).”
– B. Jackson
I just wanted to give you an update on my current job status, as you have helped me get to where I’m at today.
I am happy to say that I have just accepted an offer from Amazon.com. I actually received two other offers as well: one from Pandora in the Bay Area, and also one offer from T-Mobile as well.
I have to say that it’s due to your coaching, that I was able to really believe in myself. After training with you I discovered that what I was doing was over preparing for my other interviews. This affected me in negative ways, and I never knew it.
For some reason, something clicked and I just started to believe in my abilities to just be myself. After I did this I got those three job offers and I never knew it was simply because I just needed to be me.
Thank you again for all your help. It was great working with you and it certainly was a great investment in my future.
Best of luck.
Thank you so much for being such an extraordinary “early morning” interviewing skills coach. Your skill in providing insight into my communication style was spot-on. Today during my interview, I was relaxed and the interview that was for 1 hour went to 1.5 hours and the interviewer closed for a second interview. The time flew and the interview was more conversational. Furthermore and most importantly, I was well prepared and everything aspect I prepared for with you was used during the interview.
Some other good news…yesterday, was really fabulous as I also received notice of two additional terrific positions and they both were referrals from people who worked with me in the past. Any leads were sparse for a year. But, now everything seems to be full speed ahead for a finding a career position that matches with my values.
You get my five finger vote for Virtual Coach of the year.
I wanted to thank you for the coaching you gave me back in February, I ended up being given an offer that was 10K over the top salary range listed, plus a 10K signing bonus and a relocation package, not bad. I’m very excited for this opportunity to work for a great company and looking forward to starting on Monday. I believe that your coaching gave me the edge to get out of my own way and present myself in a way that made the hiring manager feel that they had to have me. I wanted to let you know, that I am very grateful for your coaching and books, as they helped me prepare and frame my skills and experience in a light that would benefit the company and be a great fit for the team.
The words, “Tell me about yourself,” may not be the exact words used – but the question will be there
You should be able to articulate what you have to offer – particularly as a match for the requirements of the job. Give a quick summary of your experience – your strengths – positive feedback you’ve received – and your interests (if they are interesting).
Don’t just walk them through your resume – a different question – that’s what you’ve done – not who you are.
The most dreaded question of all. Handle this question by minimizing the weakness and emphasizing the strengths. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits:
Use the Sandwich Technique.
(+) Start with positive statement
(–) Slip in the negative
(+) End with positive statement
“I am always working on improving my communication skills to be a more effective presenter. I take every opportunity to practice speaking before groups and I recently joined Toastmasters which I find very helpful.”
The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you’ve given this question some thought, and are not just sending out resumes because there is an opening. Doing research should give you plenty of reasons why you want to work there. Sincere interest and flattery go A LONG way.
Carole, thank you again for your assistance and help the past few weeks, especially given the short-turn around from the time I was notified when my interview was scheduled. I will most definitely be recommending you and passing your name on to a few of my friends who want to pursue this kind of work.
To anyone reading this, I can attest to the great product you’ll receive from Carole Martin while pursuing your dream job.
Listen to her feedback and apply it! The biggest piece of advice Carole mentioned to me was to be myself! BE YOURSELF, BE YOURSELF and BE YOURSELF! I showed my human side.
Again, do not be afraid to show yourself and your experiences! Have fun with the interview and relax!