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
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.