Most new grads underestimate how important interview skills can be. A common mistake is for a new grad (or soon-to-be-grad) to assume an interview is just like any other normal, professional conversation.
Parents and mentors usually know better, but it’s not always easy to steer attention toward this topic (with all the other turbulence affecting a new grad’s life).
Our approach helps young adults put a high value on interviewing well, and helps frame these skills as an important life skill that will yield positive results for years to come.
While our focus is on helping you improve your interview skills, we can also guide you in optimizing your job search and developing a long-term career plan.
If you’re still exploring your career options, we can guide you through a structured process to identify the best path for you and then work with you to make your dream career a reality.
If your direction is clear, we can focus on fine-tuning your job search and job interview skills to help you stand out from the competition and get hired.
We have helped recent college graduates launch exciting careers in finance (including positions at the top investment banks), technology, marketing, fashion, publishing, management consulting, pharmaceuticals, and other industries.
We have worked with students at schools across the country — including Ivy League universities (including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Cornell) and other prestigious institutions.
We also work with college students seeking spots in the most prominent and competitive graduate and internship programs.
Who is Pamela Skillings?
Pamela Skillings is considered the top interview coach in the country and has helped hundreds of people land their dream jobs.
Her proven approach is based on her unique combination of experience as a hiring manager, a human resources executive, and a professional coach.
In addition to her work with individual job seekers, top companies hire Pamela to consult on their hiring processes and she often conducts and sits in on real job interviews.
She knows what companies are looking for and how they evaluate candidates — and she shares that knowledge with her coaching clients.
“A guru in the world of job interviews.”
She is a Certified Professional Career Coach and a member of the Association of Career Professionals, the National Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, and the International Coach Federation.
Pamela earned both her bachelor’s degree and her professional certifications in career planning and development from New York University, where she is currently an adjunct professor.
Pamela also frequently writes and speaks about career topics. Her book, Escape from Corporate America (Random House 2008), earned rave reviews and her writing has also been featured by About.com, The New York Times, and many other publications.
What others are saying
“Coaching was an investment that really paid off for me. I got the job that I wanted and it’s going to make a difference for me and my family.”
The New Grad Accelerated Interview Prep Program
What if your job interview is coming up fast and you don’t have time for four sessions? For those without a lot of time to prepare, we have designed an accelerated program — a 90-minute session that will whip your interviewing skills into shape as quickly as possible.
The accelerated interview prep program includes a practice interview, honest feedback from Pamela about how you’re coming across and where you can improve, coaching on your answers and your presentation, and more practice interviewing so you lock in those new skills.
Prior to the session, you will fill out a questionnaire and send us your resume and job description(s). That way, we don’t waste time getting up to speed and use every one of those 90 minutes to improve your interviewing skills.
* With the New Grad Accelerated Interview Prep Program, you also get a free 6-month membership to Big Interview, our online interview training platform that includes video lessons covering interview best practices, a massive database of common interview questions, and a practice interview tool that you can use with your webcam. Learn more about Big Interview
Type-A Interview Coaching Package
The New Grad Type A Interview Coaching Package is for those who want to do everything they can to be prepared for their upcoming job interviews — and are motivated to do everything they can to smoke the competition.
This popular package consists of four sessions, two 90-minute sessions and two 60-minute sessions (in-person in New York City or via video conference from anywhere in the world).
Before you meet with Pamela for the first time, you’ll fill out a questionnaire so that she can create a customized plan to help you meet your goals.
This way, you know you will be starting your first session with a focused agenda. A key part of Session 1 is your first practice interview with Pamela.
She will customize the practice interview based on your resume, target job description(s), and career objectives.
After the interview, Pamela will give you a candid assessment of how you did — including what’s working and what needs work. She will also offer detailed guidance on how to perfect your answers and your approach.Pamela will assign homework between sessions. Typical homework assignments might include:
- Developing or refining interview stories to help you shine in behavioral interviews
- Working on new approaches to other critical questions including: Tell me about yourself, What are your strengths, What are your weaknesses, Why did you choose your university / major / internships / career path, Why should we hire you,
- Improving your resume or cover letter template
- Completing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment or another career assessment online.
- Optimizing your networking and/or job search approach for better results
After the session, you will also get a digital video recording of your practice interview and feedback.
In Session 2, you will review your homework assignments and any assessment results and discuss your progress since the last session.
Pamela will work with you to choose the right interview stories, refine and polish them, and then practice delivering them.
You and Pamela will also strategize on approaches to difficult questions and tricky topics. And you’ll log some more practice interview time (we can’t stress the importance of this enough — we want you to make your mistakes in the sessions and not in your actual interviews).
Depending on your situation, you may also work on strategies for identifying more job leads, making the most out of networking opportunities, researching companies and industries, following up on opportunities, etc.
In Session 3, it’s time to evaluate your progress so far and zero in on remaining obstacles or problems.
Part of Pamela’s job is to be your accountability partner and keep you on track to achieve your goals. She will cheer you on when you make progress and will also let you know if you still have to step up your game.
Session 3 will also include more interview role play, focusing on the most difficult questions. You may conduct practice interviews for specific opportunities coming up — this will allow you to work with an expert on customizing your answers for different companies, industries, job roles, and interviewers.
In your last session, you will conduct a formal, in-depth practice interview. Pamela will carefully evaluate your answers, your presentation, your body language, and every other element of your interview approach. Here’s where we see if you’re ready to land your dream job.
You and Pamela will then work together on any final issues and work on your plan to move forward.
You will get the digital video recording of your final practice interview you can see the dramatic difference between your Session 1 performance and your Session 4 advanced interviewing skills.
Type-A Interview Coaching Package Includes:
- Two 90-minute in-person or video conference coaching sessions
- Two 60-minute telephone coaching sessions
- Career coaching to help you set goals, address challenges, and stay on top of your job search.
- Multiple practice interviews with feedback and coaching
- Before and after video recordings (practice interviews and feedback)
- Audio recordings of phone sessions
- Free 6-month membership to Big Interview, our online interview training platform that includes lessons on effective interviewing, a comprehensive interview question database, and a tool that allows you to conduct video practice interviews and submit them to your coach for review.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I use interview coaching?
Competition for jobs is at an all-time high, so being the best-prepared, battle-tested, interview-ready candidate can mean the difference between getting the job or not.
This is the single most effective way to make a great impression at your interview and maximize your chance of a job offer.
Why should I work with Pamela?
You will come away with confidence, and a competitive advantage over other candidates interviewing for the job you want.
Can Pamela help me prepare for an internship interview?
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What are Pamela’s qualifications?
Pamela Skillings spent 12 years working in executive level jobs in marketing and human resources for Fortune 500 companies (including Morgan Stanley, MasterCard International, and Citigroup) before launching her coaching and consulting practice in 2005.
She has worked with hundreds of coaching clients. Interview coaching is one of her specialties, though she also provides other types of career and business coaching.
Pamela’s company also works with corporate and government clients to develop training, retention, communications, and recruiting programs. Clients include Citigroup, American Express, Ernst & Young, the American Management Association, and the City of New York.
Pamela’s work with corporations keeps her up to date on hiring trends and the employer perspective, which helps inform her coaching work with job seekers.
In addition, Pamela serves as an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching courses in their graduate and continuing education programs for HR executives and career coaches.
Her formal training in career counseling and coaching is through New York University and the Professional Association for Resume Writers and Career Coaches.
Pamela’s first book, a career change and entrepreneurship guide, was published by Random House in 2008 and featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, and other publications. She is currently working on her second book.