I am an interview practice coach, who wants to be helpful to you, should you decide to work with me.
Some of the following concepts are from a book called Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success, by Dawn Graham. PhD
Questions—and My Answers
Q. Is a free consultation available?
A. Yes, provided that you read through this Q&A as well as consult my LinkedIn profile, which has more answers.
Q. What is the cost? Is it too high?
A. The cost is $600 for three hours of coaching—which is typically split into two 90-minute sessions at $300 each —or $240 for only 60 minutes, which is for those needing help with salary negotiations. Payment is expected before each session begins.
Q. How many sessions? how lengthy?
A. This varies a lot. Some people are satisfied with twice 90 minutes and others come back several more times till they feel confident. Very often people come back for a refresher just before the interview only for one hour at the discounted rate of $200 and not $240. But this is completely up to the individual to choose.
Q. Am I asked to make payment up front? How?
A. Yes, payment is expected up front. We can block my calendar to secure a mutually convenient date and time but the actual coaching will begin only once payment has been received via either Venmo, Zelle, (preferred) or PayPal.
Q. Should I inquire about the coach’s background and years of experience?
A. Absolutely. As of October 2021, I’ve helped 1,200 clients during my 15 years of practice.
Q. Is it a set program, or is it tailored to the client’s background?
A. Initially the program covers certain basics, including tips on best video interviewing image. Later, it is tailored to an individual’s profession or industry—for example, technology companies such as Amazon and Google, government jobs such as within the FBI, jobs for soon-to-be or recent college graduates, or new MDs preparing for residency or internship for matching hospitals.
Q. Do you offer candor and honesty, or am I treated as a transaction?
A. I treat all clients with respect and demonstration of honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness. Oh, and a sense of humor. Sometimes I will share my insights and observations about you which your friends may have observed or perceived but have never told you.
Q. Is the coach current with state-of-the-art trends and knowledge?
A. Yes. When I’m not working with clients, I read articles and books relevant to my industry. I have written 250 articles and blogs that have been published at such websites as personalbrandingblog.com, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, my personal blog and LinkedIn profile. I have presented to various groups, small and very large, in-person or via video for more than 500 times.
Q. Is the coaching done in person? by phone? by video?
A. During the pandemic, coaching is being conducted exclusively via video such as Zoom.
Q. Are the days and hours flexible enough to meet my needs?
A. Yes. I work weekends to accommodate my clients’ needs.
Q. Do I have to sign a contract?
A. No. Our relationship is built on honesty and mutual trust. This is not a legal transaction.
Q. Is the coach a generalist or specializing in some aspects of career coaching?
A. 90%+ of clients have sought me out for my interview preparation and practice experience. The balance of clients are interested in general career coaching, LinkedIn advice, résumé preparation, or even long-term mentorship.
Q. Can you tell me more about the free consultation
A. The free consultation is an opportunity for us to get acquainted. I want to learn about you and your special circumstances and at the same time to give you an opportunity to ask me questions. This is not an opportunity to solicit your business. If you are interested, we can pencil you into my calendar and I will provide you the details about how you can make payment.