Interview Coaching

Many individuals driven by their passion to work in medical and healthcare science, focus on continually developing their clinical/research skills and find the ‘selling’ aspect of interviews to be quite daunting. However, for many roles, competition can be fierce so it is essential to learn and practice interview techniques in order to make a good, memorable impression on the employer.

I have coached extensively for interview skills across a wide range of levels and backgrounds from planning for undergraduate programmes in the medical, biomedical, dentistry, pharmaceutical sectors through to middle & senior-level clinical/research posts including non-medical NHS management positions.

Questions in clinical and healthcare science are varied but typically may fall under the following categories which I can support you with:

  • Personal qualities, motivation and drive
  • Technical skills
  • Innovation and change
  • Research/Audit/Teaching
  • Regulatory affairs/Clinical governance
  • Self-reflection and personal insight
  • Managing others (for those in supervisory/leadership roles)
  • Resilience skills
  • Communication skills
  • Ethical issues
  • NHS issues
  • Commercial awareness

I will work with you to understand the key components of any interview and develop winning strategies to land your target role. I can help you to:

  • customise answers for your chosen role with practice for standard, situational, behavioural & competency-based interview questions
  • prepare including specific research you can carry out and predicting likely questions to be asked
  • structure your answers to ensure you are ‘selling’ your unique story to differentiate yourself and stand out from the crowd
  • prepare for role-plays by acting-out scenarios you may encounter
  • create mature and well-balanced answers to ethical questions
  • plan for group tasks and assessment centres
  • make a final, lasting impression by preparing for good questions to ask at the end

For those in more senior roles, additionally I can support you to:

  • structure powerful answers to demonstrate service development and improvement
  • personalise answers on how current NHS issues impact your role/specialism
  • create answers to illustrate awareness for cost savings and efficiencies
  • demonstrate a broad depth of leadership skills from motivating others to managing underperforming team members

** Prices start from £160 for a 2-hr session depending on level of role and experience – A 10% discount is offered on the total price if two or more sessions are booked together **

Confidence-building for Interviews

Nerves and anxiety around job interviews is normal and, in fact, the pumping adrenalin can be performance-enhancing. However, for some it can become so overwhelming that it causes a level of anxiety that overtakes any ability to think and perform rationally, resulting in a poor interview with a negative outcome. Through learning techniques to change our thinking around the interview process it becomes possible to create a more positive and confident approach to performing well.

Reframing thoughts about Interviews

Reframing comes from the Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) model which looks at the connection between our neurology, the language we use and our behaviour. Our associations of an experience (whether good or bad) then become ‘our frame of reference’ or our default thinking.

In terms of interviews, NLP can be used to understand how a person has unhelpful thoughts and beliefs about job interviews, which then result in negative ‘programmes’ or unhelpful frames of reference. It can then be used to challenge these programmes or frames of reference in order to change them and create more empowering thoughts, beliefs and emotions. Ultimately, it will help those who suffer from interview nerves to approach job interviews with less anxiety and more confidence.

Reframing can help to:

  • change old and unhelpful meanings about yourself and job interviews
  • use the ‘possibility’ technique to create a positive image of yourself during interviews
  • handle anxious emotions under pressure
  • build rapport with the interviewer
  • convey confidence through body language
  • stay calm and composed before and during the interview
  • objectively analyse interview feedback for future learning

 

Both Interview Coaching and Confidence-Building sessions can be offered by skype/telephone or face-to-face in St Neots, Cambridgeshire (approx. 35-40 mins fast train access from Kings Cross, London). Face-to-face sessions are a minimum of 2 hrs and an additional £35 would be added to the cost.

Testimonials

"Thanks Julia, loving the new eye-catching CV! Had three interview invites in under a week! ☺"
Sara, medical administrator
"Julia supported me in managing a team with complex issues and some difficult personalities. I found the roleplay exercises in communication skills to be excellent. Being able to think about the impact I was having has greatly helped my working relationships. I’ve also been able to coach some of my team members in communication skills when supporting their own teams."
Derek, Programme Manager
"Julia helped to give me clarity about whether to study for my Masters qualification; she made me feel completely comfortable and helped explore different possibilities. I now have greater focus and am relieved to be able to stop worrying about my decision."
Beth, Special Education Needs Co-ordinator
"I worked with Julia to find ways to manage my high stress levels, I’m now better able to cope under pressure and more in control of my emotions. I’d never taken the time to step back and reflect and coaching gave me a wonderful opportunity to do just that. I’m booking my yoga retreat soon!"
Jane, midwife
"Julia helped me to regain confidence in myself after a career setback, after a series of sessions I was able to reconnect with my strengths, believe in myself again and secure the post I wanted! Thank you"
Peter, Consultant in Emergency Medicine
"Julia, just to let you know, I did go the interview …. I felt like running away the entire time …. I tried really hard to use examples and be specific and I can’t really remember much of what I said because it was such a nervous haze … but the HR guy said to me I came across as very confident (ha!) … AND I got the job!!! Thanks SO much for the intensive practice and support!"
Kat, Consultant in Palliative Care
"Hi Julia, I think that was the best interview I have ever done in my life. Thank you so much for your help"
Amira, applicant for midwifery degree
"Hi Julia, I have been offered a GP partnership and have accepted the same. Wanted to thank you for the help provided with the interview preparation.”
Santhosh, GP Partner
"Julia gets results! I got the job I wanted as a result of Julia’s interview coaching. Her deep understanding of the interview process and her ability to deliver constructive criticism in a way that’s easy to accept made it possible for me to make the necessary adjustments to perform well in what was previously to me a mystifying and intimidating process. Though I hope I won’t need them any time soon, I’m going to keep her contact details close just in case! Thanks Julia"
James, Independent Contractor
"I’ve got good news – I’ve received offers from all of my choices! I’ve firmed Cardiff, it was still my first choice in the end. Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help and advice. I don’t think I would have done as well as I did without it – so thank you ☺"
Regine, medical school applicant
"I worked with Julia during a transition in my career and at a time of self-doubt. She helped me to develop confidence and self-belief in my own skills. I found her style to be non-judgemental and motivating. I went on to secure the job I was after and would recommend her in the future"
Sarah, Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist
"I would like to thank Julia for her excellent work and assistance during my redundancy notice as she worked constantly to build up my CV and assist with interview techniques, as after 28 years in the services, hadn’t needed one. It was so well-documented that within 1 week of submitting to recruitment companies, I was appointed by a private sector company so a job well done by Julia for help in making that happen."
Andreas, Semi-retired paramedic
"Julia provided me with excellent career coaching sessions. She gave constructive structured help and encouraged me to achieve my goals. I highly recommend her"
Joanne, Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Lead
"I knew when I finished there was no way they could not appoint me, felt 99% sure as both presentation and most of my answers were so strong and confident and I didn’t shake after my clinical lead and clinical director tried to give me some hard time. Don’t worry you’ll get my best recommendations and will tell everyone I know to take you as a coach if they wanna get the job"
Damir, Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
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