One to One Interview Coaching by Claire B Jenkins

07717 318 320
claire@121interviewcoaching.co.uk

Preparing for interviews / individuals

My services are suitable for:

  • Individuals looking for a job or a career change
  • Individuals under threat of redundancy or being made redundant
  • Sixth formers, undergraduates or recent graduates
  • Life and Career Coaches looking to make referrals

Generally speaking a two hour slot (£275 Skype / FaceTime or £375 face to face) is enough to build your confidence and improve your technique – once we’ve practised how best to answer interview questions.

Included in this cost is a minimum of 2 hours of my time in advance of our coaching session to prepare and produce detailed, bespoke mind maps of the questions you may be asked, the coaching session itself and all the materials produced for it.

In advance of the session I would need you to email some job descriptions / person spec of the kinds of jobs you’re applying for, any interview process info, and a copy of your most recent CV please. The earlier I can get these the better I can prepare for our session.

The best way to contact me is via email to claire@121interviewcoaching.co.uk and it’s helpful if you can also indicate which of the following slot times suit you best please:

Daytime or evening?; and

Weekday or weekend?

It also helps if you can let me know whether you have an interview date or timescale you want to work to as I am very busy and the more notice you can give me the more likely I am to have availability please.

Thank you in advance

 

Recommendation – John – Senior Project Manager – April 2018

“Claire’s interview training helped me to secure a job during the highly competitive period after the x industry downturn. The interview for this job lasted two hours and I would have struggled without Claire’s help to prepare.

Claire’s training was great for identifying strengths and weaknesses specific to the particular job description. We discussed a number of things that I would not have thought of on my own. The mock interview gave me a chance to practise and Claire then provided feedback from the perspective of a potential interviewer.

Claire’s one on one training provides value that cannot be obtained from generic self-help articles.”

 

Testimonial – February 2018

“I found the coaching very useful and you provided me with some great techniques. I was so busy trying to take it all in – I wished I had taken more notes..!

… To be honest I found it quite hard, but there were a few hooks I had remembered to hang certain answers around and I just did my best. They also asked the one about my USP and suitable skills, so fortunately, I was able to use my motivation card!

I am delighted to say that I was offered the job! You could have knocked me down with a feather!

So thank you so much for taking the time to meet me. And for the personalised coaching – it was definitely what I was looking for.

I will certainly be in touch again if I find myself in a similar situation in the future!”

 

Testimonial – Emily – January 2017

“I just wanted to let you know that, the day after the interview, I was offered the job!! Thank you so much for all your help – it was so useful. In particular, your tip about having 3 key selling points to mention in a snappy answer to the ‘why have you applied for the job’ question, and your advice about making my answers more attention-grabbing and interesting, really helped me.
As we talked about in our Skype session, this is a huge step forward for me in my career and comes after a long period of struggling with temporary contracts and unsuccessful interviews. I don’t think it has fully sunk in yet, but I’m really excited – and so grateful for the help you gave me which made it possible!”

 

Testimonial – Jess – August 2016

“Claire I got the job!!!! Had a call back within an hour, they’d seen 12 people and I was the only one that got an offer! Have received offer letter and contract already! Thank you SO much for your help, have no hesitation recommending you to friends and relatives”

 

Successful client email – John – May 2016

“Just a quick note after a successful day where I had a formal interview and was offered a full time job. I am really excited by this prospect and looking forward to working with a fabulous group of new colleagues.

Thank you so much for your help in preparing me for the interview. It improved my confidence immensely and prepared me for the standard interview questions which did come up (or I got away with answering instead of those that were actually asked!).

I think it’s fair to say I impressed them, as it felt more like they were selling themselves to me. Thank you.”

 

Successful client recommendation – Rebecca – March 2016

“Claire’s coaching helped me get the job I wanted. She helped me speak more clearly about my strengths and present myself more confidently. Claire has a wealth of experience in a wide range of sectors, and her session and preparatory materials are tailored to suit her client and the relevant sector/job.

Best of all, working with Claire gave me the confidence I needed to relax and present my best, most capable self in the interview. I can recommend her service to anyone needing better interview technique.”

 

Happy client email – TV & Media – February 2016

“I was a lot more focussed in my interview today after your coaching and I tried to follow the STAR concept as much as possible and made him laugh as well.

Regardless if I get the job or not I feel that I clicked into gear, I was more relaxed and crucially a lot more prepared, focused and concise. I think I did myself justice.

I’ll let you know what they have to say but thank you for your time and coaching. Honestly, it was invaluable and I think it’ll come useful in more arenas than just the interview forum.”

 

Successful client email – Kate – Academic – Nov 2015

“Thanks so much for the session. It was really helpful alerting me to how I could present myself more effectively… and…I was successful in securing the promotion!

At one point an interviewer stopped me, saying, ‘yes, you’ve convinced me that you can effect change…’ so I knew your coaching had been valuable and I was presenting evidence of my claims in my stories!

Many, many thanks Claire. I’ll recommend you to colleagues of course.”

Recommendation – Steve – Senior Project Manager – Oct 2015

“I now have 2 great offers on the table from 2 household name companies.
The help you gave me was immensely useful in helping me understanding my skills & how to structure answers so that I could best sell my transferable skills for roles that before I wouldn’t have even considered myself viable for before. That meant I could walk in to each interview totally confident that I would be able to cope with anything that was thrown at me.
Anyway, thanks for your help. Now I need to decide which offer suits me best!”

Recommendation – Matt – Safety Manager – Oct 2015

“Just to let you know, I was the “outstanding candidate” and (household name company) have given me the job. I’m absolutely delighted. Thanks so much.”

Recommendation – Ian – Employability Mentor – Sept 2015

“As an employability mentor I decided to seek help at interviews for myself as I was recently re-interviewed for my own job as part of a restructure. Claire offered great interview advice over Facetime. I was not confident this would work at the time but it was a great was to receive sound advice in this format. My manager noticed how I had improved which gave me a boost and I retained my job. Thanks Claire.”

Recommendation – Edward, Solicitor – June 2015

“Claire is an excellent interview coach and with her help, after only two sessions, I was successful at two job interviews. I was impressed with the way Claire had thoroughly prepared each session, including some very useful diagrams. She helped me to focus my preparation before going to the interviews and we also worked on how to communicate my responses, which was extremely helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend Claire. ”

Testimonial – Clare, Chartered Accountant – April 2015

“Claire’s guidance and support gave me the tools to be a successful interview candidate, and provided me with the confidence to not just get through but sell myself and enjoy the interview. Claire’s help was pivotal in getting my new role. Thank you.”

Recommendation – Dr Jo Hudson, Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University – February 2015:

“Claire has considerable expertise and she has a talent for drawing the best out of people. I certainly have never felt more prepared for a job interview than when working with Claire. I thoroughly recommend her to anyone who wants help with their career. It will be time and money well spent.”

Testimonial – Sam – January 2015

“Just wanted to say thanks for the help with my CV. I was offered a job but unfortunately while the role was perfect for me, the company itself was less enticing. However in my interview he specifically mentioned that it was the CV you had written for me that brought me to his attention and I was offered the job on the spot rather than waiting for him to interview other candidates.

Thanks for all the changes you made to my CV!

(My partner) has also asked if you could work your magic with hers as well, would that be ok?”

 

Testimonial – Maria – Ernst & Young – August 2014

“I had a session with Claire where she helped me to prepare for a competitive job interview at a Big 4 firm. Claire was very knowledgeable about the type of interview that I had (Person-Centred interview) and provided me with valuable insights into what the interviewer would be looking for. This helped me to focus the way I structured my answers in order to meet the criteria better. In addition, Claire shared her top tips and techniques which were very practical. Finally, her positive and empowering attitude boosted my confidence. My session with Claire was very useful, and I am happy to report that I received a job offer out of thousands of applicants”

 

Recommendation – Alan – Finance Manager – August 2014

“Claire is on top of her game. She has an excellent approach to interview preparation and inspires confidence through her innovative approach. I would recommend her to anyone (and have!).”

Recommendation – Nicola – Time Out – July 2014

Claire has helped me prepare for two job interviews, one at the start of my career and another very recently, and after both interviews I was offered the job! It was really useful to talk everything through with her as she identified things I hadn’t thought about and gave great advice for how to approach different questions and which parts of my experience to mention. It gave me extra confidence and I felt reassured afterwards that I was as prepared as I could be. I would definitely recommend her to anyone going for an interview.”

Service Category: Career Coach

Year first hired: 2012 (hired more than once)

Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Job offer – Senior University Lecturer – July 2014:

“thanks as ever for the insightful and inspiring comments! You have definitely found your vocation :)) Which I guess is good given your business!! …The positive feedback was that I discussed my leadership really well. So that’s good feedback on all the work we did! … thanks for your help as you definitely helped me get the job and to get considered seriously twice for a massively senior role …I’ll definitely recommend you to anyone who needs a similar service in future.”

Recommendation – Bill – Senior Safety Consultant – July 2014:

“Anyone embarking on job application and interview would gain great benefit from talking to Claire. On the eve of early retirement I found myself shortlisted for a job that would offer considerable reward for my long earned skills and experiences. Not having been interviewed for many years Claire came highly recommended so I turned to her for help. Her approach was extremely thorough and professional, not only did she pick open my CV but she also matched my skills and abilities to the Job and person spec in such a way that we were able to anticipate the direction the process may take. Claire’s experience and skill in coaching along with her knowledge of selection and appointment was exactly the right support at the right time. Not only did she help me shape the right interview approach and responses but perhaps more importantly she helped me understand a little more about myself as well as.”

Testimonial – Financial Accountant – June 2014

“I made it! I got a job offer last week… the interview was a lot of fun. Thanks again for your support and advice, it helped a lot”

Testimonial – University Head of School – Jo – April 2014

“The prep we did helped tremendously as I was prepared for the topics and so answered better than in my previous interviews. The training made HEAPS of difference though in terms of prep, confidence and ability to analyse questions and how to answer them.”

Client Testimonial – Finance Manager – April 2014

“I thought you’d like to know that I made it throughout the first round of interviews… Thank you so much for your help, I couldn’t have done it without you!  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.”

Client Job Offer – Specialist Nurse – Pauline – March 2014

“Not long arrived home and they’ve already phoned to offer me the job!!! Can’t quite believe it. Thank you so very much again for your wonderful, invaluable help”

Testimonial – Sarah, Business System Analyst – February 2014:

“Claire helped me prepare for an interview with her excellent coaching. The session really helped me practise the questions I might be asked, think about good work examples to give and just helped me prepare. It helped me relax more about my upcoming interview. I really enjoyed the session and it also helped me think about how I would present myself in future job applications and on my CV. I would highly recommend to anyone, young, old, new to job hunting or a seasoned professional to have a session with Claire.”  Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

Testimonial – Dave – Training Manager – December 2013:

“Having used Claire to assist in the development of my own CV and coach in key interview skills, I can thoroughly recommend her. She is both professional and personable and her knowledge and advice was of great benefit.”

Contract offer – Ruth – Oct 2013: 

“Did a telephone interview yday and start a contract on Monday – hurrah! Thanks for your help”

Client job offer – Merlinda – August 2013: 

“I’ve had a few more job interviews over the last couple of weeks. I’d never have believed it possible but you were right when you said that I’d become more confident, the more interviews I had. Anyway, the good news is I’ve been offered a job which I start next week… So I just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your help and to wish you continued success in your work!”

Testimonial – July 2013  

“Thank you very much for your help and advice – it was really useful and I really like the way you have of breaking down the spec to provide areas to think about – it’s made it a lot less daunting”

Client with a job offer for a Graduate Placement job in a local University – July 2013

“I felt more confident going in, especially now I’ve worked out how to respond when they ask you to tell them about yourself (Now I pick out 3 crucial attributes that I have that are linked to the job and just told them in a creative way). Many thanks for your help as you clarified my thoughts and this gave me confidence.”

Testimonial – June 2013

“Claire was brilliant. She put a lot of effort into preparing for our session which I very much appreciated. She advised me to liven up both my CV and skills stories by putting in some colour and to talk about what I had already achieved rather than what I was planning to do. During my interview, I put into practice what she had advised me. I am so pleased that the interview went really well and I was offered the job. I would very, strongly recommend Claire  to anyone who wants to improve their interview technique – Claire’s advice was fantastic!’

Bill – Senior Manager – March 2013

“It had been quite some time since I’d attended a full-on interview and in the run up Claire’s skills were recommended to me.

A few days before the interview we spent a couple of hours going over her very detailed analysis of my CV and application, and of course their person/job spec.  I can honestly say that in all my preparation the time spent with Claire was the most productive.

Identifying strengths and weaknesses in my application, scripting some question responses and seeing the now obvious “wood through the trees” I felt more confident about the whole process.

Not being a ‘journeyman’ through the world of many employers there is no doubt that cultural blindness meant I needed help in seeing another way. Claire is without doubt an expert at showing the way.”

Maria – Graduate Intern – March 2013

“I found my one-to-one interview session with Claire very beneficial and constructive. She helped me structure the way I answered different types of questions to ensure that I addressed all the important points that an interviewer would be interested in. Additionally, Claire raised my awareness of the impact that non-verbal cues have and provided me with useful tips on how to utilise these cues to my advantage. Claire’s positive and optimistic attitude provided me with a real boost of morale.”

Oliver – Teenager applying to Vet School – Feb 2013

“I would just like to thank you for your help… I felt the second University interview went better than the first one. I think having the one gave me some confidence for the second. Hopefully I get in”

Hannah – Graduate Trainee – Feb 2013

“Claire really helped to familiarise me with the interview process as I have only recently graduated and have not had much previous experience. As the thought of an approaching interview can be quite daunting she really took things back to basics and encouraged me to talk about anecdotes which would make me ‘light up’ and reveal my true self to the interviewers. She additionally tailored specific Crib Sheets with questions that she anticipated I may be asked. These were really valuable and provided me with a strong basis for my individual research and preparation and made me feel a lot more confident about the whole process.  I would definitely recommend Claire to any of my friends. Her professional yet very approachable manner made my meeting with her not only constructive but also very enjoyable.

Thanks so much for all of the help, I feel a lot more confident about it now. I will definitely let you know how it goes and will recommend you to my mates!”

Fashion Professional – Nov 2012:

“Thank you so much for all your help today. I’m so glad that I did the “Trait” session & got a report on my capabilities …After our meeting I felt so much more confident in going forward with my applications – so once I get a job interview I look forward to another meeting so we can work on my interview skills.”

And:  “I look forward to sending my new CV out now as it sounds more like me & I’ll keep you updated with my progress.”

Eve – Admin – Nov 2012:

“The TRAIT assessment threw up some really interesting points and gave me plenty to think about both in terms of my existing strengths and my development issues… Claire had some great tips on things that I hadn’t previously thought of and she made me feel really positive about my skills and experiences. I left the session feeling more confident in myself – time will tell whether that will carry through to any interview!”

Diane – Health Professional – Oct 2012:

“I have been offered the post, thank you so much.  (They) said I was 150% better in the interview (than before your coaching)”

Nicola – West End Theatres Marketing Coordinator – August 2012:

“I just wanted to thank you again for all your help in the lead up to my interview. It was my first graduate job interview and I had very little time to prepare so naturally I was a bit apprehensive but being able to go over every aspect with you beforehand really put my mind at rest and gave me a lot of confidence. I found the way you analysed the job advert and my application really useful, especially having the mind maps as a visual aid, as it clearly identified the most relevant things I could talk about and gave me a better insight into what the company might be looking for.

As a result, I feel I presented myself a lot better than I may have done otherwise in the interview and, as you know, I got the job! I would thoroughly recommend your interview coaching sessions to other graduates and anyone who’s looking for a bit of extra confidence going into an interview.”

Caroline – Senior Change Management Consultant – August 2012

“Having recently had a “CV review”, “Interview Coaching” and “Trait Development session” with Claire, I must say I found these to be invaluable …(This) provided me with support, reassurance and guidance …We discussed how I might be perceived in the market place …what roles were of interest and how to break down the criteria of skills and experience…by completing a full gap analysis.  We also practiced possible questions that might come up …to see how I would get on and where I might need to develop additional skills.

I would definitely recommend anyone who is in the process of looking for a new role as a professional person, a school, college or university leaver to take advantage of this and the additional services Claire has on offer – it will be of great benefit to you in your career and personal development.”

Yvonne – Property Sales – July 2012

“I would like to thank Claire Jenkins for helping me to prepare for my interview as I am pretty bad at interviews. I found her constructive help invaluable as she is extremely professional in her approach and was great at putting me at ease”

Sports Business Manager – July 2012

“Excellent one to one bespoke support, advice and guidance in the pursuit of my career goals”

Charli Ball, PR Intern – July 2012

“Claire has been a great support whilst I have been searching for graduate jobs. My interview coaching session with Claire proved extremely useful for gaining immediate results (I obtained a graduate job role after my first interview) and long-term benefits (such as increased confidence and knowledge of interview techniques).  Claire has a refreshing, honest and positive approach, with incredible attention to detail and pure passion for her work.”

Alan – Interim Finance Professional – July 2012:

“I found the insight Claire provided into how I was presenting myself at interview enormously useful. For those of us in the Corporate world it is very rare we stand back and make this assessment.  Thanks again Claire – I strongly recommend your services – it was also a pleasure to work with you.”

And, after a successful interview, he said: “…all the skills you taught me came into play”

Belle – Sales and Marketing – 1 May 2012:

“Thank you for all of your help… I’m 100% sure I wouldn’t have got the job without the ‘refurbished’ cv!… It really is a fantastic service and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to move into a new career or simply a better suited position.”

Sue MacLusky ex BBC TV and Radio and now Sales and Marketing Manager – April 2012:

“I just wanted to write to say one big THANK YOU Claire for your excellent one-to-one coaching session and the work you did on my CV. I tweaked (it) as you suggested and hey presto – it worked !! It enabled me to get that interview, get my foot in the door and impress!! Thank you so much for the time you gave me and the excellent work you did on my CV… I took your advice and … added “my career highlight” as working with Lorraine Kelly .. which seemed to do the trick. I was also very impressed by the way you presented your information and research. I came away with a fantastic CV and lots of ‘confidence boosting’ information to help me get through interviews… Thank you Claire for helping to boost my confidence and get me that job!”

Tom Broughton, recent graduate – 30 March 2012 :

“You’ll be pleased to know I’ve had job offers from (my 2 interviews), I am obviously delighted! Clearly your help has made the difference I’m very grateful, Tom”

“Claire’s advice was priceless for somebody like me, coming out of University and struggling to find a good job… After meeting Claire … I realised there were several areas I could improve my interviewing skills dramatically. She not only developed some of my existing ideas but provided some very useful concepts that were completely new to me; it was refreshing to see my profile from another, experienced perspective. I was extremely impressed with the depth of knowledge Claire quickly built up on my profile and what I needed to portray. She also provided me with the information in a pragmatic format in order for me to learn and take all the advice on board for future pursuits. Thanks again Claire!”

Liz Allister – MD – Utopia Resourcing – March 2012

“Claire is the ultimate professional, focused and extremely supportive to her clients and business associates. Claire has great personable skills, listening skills and always above all delivers honest feedback with clarity. Claire has been a tremendous support to some of our candidates, she has a great warmth and builds rapport and trust quickly. I have no hesitation in recommending Claire and I look forward to working more with Claire in the future.”

Sian – Housing / Marketing and Sales Manager – March 2012

“Claire… made me think “outside the box” and understand my skills set and how many I had! I was very impressed at her approach and experience, also her help with my CV, every detail was taken into account. If anyone has any doubt about interviews or their CVs they should contact Claire, she will really point you in the right direction.”

Bob – Automotive / Marketing – July 2011

“Claire is brilliant at understanding your needs, using her wealth of knowledge and experience to deliver advice and a solution that gets the very best out of people. 
No hesitation in recommending her services to both individuals and companies.” July 15, 2011

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

 

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