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Congratulations! You made it to the interview! Make sure you’re prepared by knowing what to expect and how to respond. Federal job interviews are tests and your answers will be scored. The job is within your grasp…if you perform well. Invest in your future by working with one of our expert interview coaches to improve your interview techniques and boost your self-confidence.
Our interview preparation is conducted by phone and is designed to help you prepare for the Performance Based Interview (PBI). With PBI, the interviewer carefully defines the skills needed for the job and structures the interview process to elicit behavioral examples of past performance.
You may select a one- or two-hour preparation session. Write your Interview stories with our CCAR Accomplishment Builder. We will practice your accomplishments with you in our PBI Behavior-Based Interveiw Practice sessions! Be Prepared! Practice!
INTERVIEW QUICK PREP
Performance Based Interview Training – Designed for Entry to Mid-Level Candidates
Get ready for your Behavior-Based Interview! In a two-part phone consultation (90 minutes, total), we will provide you with:
- An introduction to the Behavior-Based Interview
- A discussion about government interview formats, using OPM’s own guidelines
- Sample questions and ratings, based on questions actually used by the government
- A review of the target announcement to provide insight into the appropriate level skills and competencies for the target position
- An opportunity to practice your best success story
We need at least 2–3 working days to schedule this service.Order Now Fee: $359
INTERVIEW FULL PREP with audio recording
Performance Based Interview Training – Mid-Level, Supervisory or Senior Candidates
This is also a two-part phone consultation (120 minutes, total). The first session will include everything outlined in the Interview Quick Prep but with deeper preparation and discussion of examples that reflect your skills. The second session will include a mock interview, which will be recorded and provided to you afterwards in mp3 format. Listen to your performance and improve your ability to respond to questions. This service includes:
- A Basic Interview Skills packet, including general practice questions
- Sample position-specific questions, based on a thorough review of your application materials and vacancy announcement, for practice and preparation
- A telephone mock-interview with audio recording, consisting of 5 to 10 interview questions
- Critique of the mock interview with feedback, suggestions for improvement, and tips on successful interviewing
- Private access to your session recording, so that you can practice your interview skills.
We need at least one week to schedule the two appointments for this service.Order Now Fee: $495
PERFORMANCE-BASED INTERVIEW PREP with audio recording
Recommended for Executive Level, SES, SL, SE & ALJ candidates
The Performance-Based Structured Interview is founded on the premise that recent past behavior is the best predictor of future performance in similar circumstances. A Performance-Based Structured Interview consists of carefully planned, job-related questions that are scored systematically to identify highly qualified job candidates.
An expert federal interview trainer will prepare you for this type of interview, giving you the insights and confidence you need. This service is conducted in person or by phone. Training is completed in two sessions (150 minutes, total). Your fee covers additional time needed for the instructor to review your resume, narratives, employer materials, and other documents as needed.
The first session will focus upon the accomplishments and message that you want to present in your interview. The instructor will prepare a full set of questions for the second session, which will be a scored, mock Performance-Based Interview. The second session will include individual question feedback, and tips on how to improve your overall presentation. The mock interview session and critique will be recorded and provided to you afterwards in mp3 format. Specific topics include:
- Understand the interview structure and the scoring process, which evaluates behavioral benchmarks
- Create a framework for responding to questions such as “Tell us about yourself,” “What makes you a good applicant for this position?” and “Why do you want this job?”
- Map your accomplishments by leadership qualifications and/or other specialized competencies, and use a proven method for developing a narrative response to the interview questions
- Connect your answers to the mission and strategic objectives of the organization
- Learn a framework for responding to hypothetical questions
- Practice your responses in a recorded mock interview, answering performance-based questions tailored expressly for you
- Question-by-question critique plus an overall review of the mock interview, to gain insights for improving interview performance
- Understand how to answer the unscored supplemental interview “fit” questions and follow post interview etiquette
- Access your session recording after the second session, so that you can review your performance and improve your interview skills
- Follow appropriate post interview etiquette
We need at least one week to schedule the two appointments for this service.Order Now Fee: $580