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08/18/08
Career Consulting Case: Too Early for Mock Interview
Filed under: Interviewing, Public Relations docs, Mentoring
Posted by: site admin @ 11:21 pm

This is the second day of the Philadelphia
national
meetings.  A member was
scheduled for a mock
interview but when
we began our conversation, it
was clear
she had not formed a clear idea what kind

of position she seeks and should
interview for.


As a result, we decided to view her resume
to capture
an idea where we should focus
our practical interviewing
skill interrogation. 
That document was in too early a
form.

We decided to do career coaching.  The
coaching
discussion provided her with
tools she can use for
developing a position
goal, a working resume, and
a back-up
plan.  Those tools were information
interviews,
social networking (Linkedin.com),
online tools,
and some understanding of
what questions were behind
the questions.

It is a point to make that career
consultants have a choice
to working with
members to put a “dummy” position
as
the topic around which to perform a
mock interview or
to conduct a career
discussion to help narrow things down.


Too often I have heard consultants come
out and talk among
themselves about a
case where a person was ill-prepared
for
a mock interview.  This situation is not
what I would
prefer, thus our discussion
today left the member pleased about
things
she could do, rather than disappointed
about a
mock interview experience.

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