Interviews are the cornerstone of the assessment process. Be they structured, semi-structured or conversational, potential employers use them as the key metric for assessing ability, fit and potential. In spite of the increasing use of psychometric data, the face to face social assessment continues to lead decision-making and has even been found to influence the sense-making and interpretation of test results*. It is therefore crucial to communicate your strengths and experience as effectively as possible. Narrative was launched with the specific aim of helping all serious professionals to increase their interview success.
*Bolander, P., & Sandberg, J. (2013). How Employee Selection Decisions are Made in Practice. Organization Studies, 34(3), 285–311.
I am an experienced interview trainer and headhunter with an MSc in Organizational Psychology that focused on selection and assessment. Over the last 7 years I have focused on senior level recruitment and worked closely with clients to assess individuals at the interview stage.
During this time I have interviewed hundreds of candidates and therefore know what works and how to best communicate an individual’s relevant abilities. I use this knowledge and experience to work with professionals who are looking to improve or brush up on their technique, meet a specific case study challenge, or simply want to practice ahead of an important interview. It can really make that small difference between you and the others on the shortlist.
FOUR STEPS OF INTERVIEW SUPPORT
A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH
At narrative I work with individuals to improve all areas of their interview performance. While most choose to target improving their delivery or perfecting how they deal with difficult questions, each individual is different and we spend time on the areas that matter most to you. This can even involve helping you to get the early foundations in place, such as how to accurately interpret a job description or how to best leverage recruiters and other sources of information. The four areas that I can help you with are below.
A successful interview starts with a complete and accurate understanding of the advertised position. When you are preparing for a specific interview it is important to start your preparation by thinking about how you meet the criteria of the role and where your strengths and weaknesses lie. It is also critical to establish how and why this opportunity fits into your career narrative to date. I help can help you to:
- Understand the job description - Assess your fit
- Mirror the requirements of the role - Position this role within your career to date
Preparation is much more than checking out the company website, reading a few news articles and searching for the hiring manager on LinkedIn. I work with you to establish what you need to know and where to find it. I then assist you to marshal the available resources around you and to create a picture of the challenges that the role will present. I will help you to:
- Research effectively - Establish what you need/want to know
- Identify research resources
This is what most people think of when they are considering interview training. This is about delivering in the interview and demonstrating your ability, experience and therefore suitability for the position. This can be on the basis of a specific interview coming up, or for more general practice to improve your performance in these challenging situations. I can help you to:
- Sell your career & communicate their value - Build rapport
- Gain confidence - Ask the right questions
- Deal with gaps In your background - Improve your presentation skills
STRUCTURED INTERVIEWS AND QUESTIONS
Behavioural and competency based questions are a common feature in many interview processes. Practice is essential if you are to leverage suitable examples from your experience, or effectively recognise and answer value based situational problems. You must be able to think quickly and coherently to impress. I will help you to:
- Identify the key experiences in your past - Understand how to structure your answers
- Think creatively - Avoid looking rehearsed
"In a very competitive process I wanted to practice my delivery as it had been a number of years since I was interviewed. The sessions with Phil helped me to order my career in line with the specific needs of the role and really highlight my suitability for the position."
Director, Consumer goods