I have to bring this to your attention due to a number of people asking me if our coaching is group or 1:1 format, as there are a number of discount providers appearing in the Irish market on Groupon and other sales sites. We only do 1:1 coaching because Group Interview Coaching will fail to help you in your interview. Here is why:
1. There is not enough time to focus on you as an individual. When it comes to coaching one size does not fit all. Your answers are going to be based on your very own experience, so forget about generic group coaching.
2. In group coaching one or two people will always dominate the coaching with lots of questions and interruptions to get the coach to focus on them. This psychologically is called group dominance, the alpha of the group will always want to dominate others. You are not paying good money to let someone else get all the attention.
3. You get what you pay for, never a truer word is spoken. You may as well go and buy a book on how to prepare for your interview, it costs less than group coaching, and you will get exactly the same information. With 1:1 coaching we go beyond the generics and actually go through each individual answer with you, helping you put the best of you in to all your answers. No group or book can do that.
4. Every individual is unique, it is up to us as your coach to help you identify your Unique Selling Points, you may not even no what they are. There won't be time in group coaching for the coach to do this for you.
5. Sometimes there are skeletons or blips in you background that you don't want to talk about in front of a group of people that will get to know your secrets. This is Dublin, it's a small town, and you don't know where you may bump into your fellow group members in the future, one may even be your next boss! Don't risk letting your faults, or weaknesses become public knowledge. As a professional coach we enter a vow of confidentiality from the very moment you contact us.
I hope that helps you see why 1:1 coaching is the only way to go with interview coaching.
If you are interested in booking a 1:1 confidential coaching programme get in touch here.
Just under three weeks until deadline for applying to the top 5 law firms. These applications are getting trickier than ever before, giving yourself plenty of time before applying is a must.
Here are the deadline dates:
A&L Goodbody: Dublin office 21 October 2016, Belfast office 23 January 2017
McCann Fitzgerald: 21 October
Matheson: 26 October
Arthur Cox: Dublin office 21 October 1pm, Belfast office 11 November 2017
William Fry: 20 October 5.30pm
Note the two deadline times for Arthur Cox and William Fry!
I am really unsure as to why Matheson have left this on the long finger, the firms are competing for the brightest and the best and the sooner they can get the best into the interview room the sooner they can offer them a role. I am sure Matheson have their reasons..
This is the first step of a big process, to make sure you get the choice of traineeship, that you want, interview coaching will help enormously, making you feel more organised and professional.
As always at this time of year, the Big 4 Accountancy firms will be conducting nearly 1000 interview in November and there will be overlap with the law firm interviews making this the busiest time of the year for interview coaching. We are already fully booked for coaching from October 28th to 4th November, please make an appointment for coaching as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Good luck in your applications!
Clare Reed is a leading global expert Interview Coach with over 20 years global interviewing and coaching experience.