Just wanted to let you know that I have been offered a place on the London Business School's Executive MBA – sorry for not writing to you earlier but I’ve had a completely mad couple of weeks since the interview.
Thanks so much for your help – you really helped me a lot in terms of building my confidence and structuring my answers.
Quick note to let you know that I got the promotion! It was the first of the two interviews that came up. Overall very pleased, thanks for your advice and assistance.
The questions were very similar, the same interviewers as one of my previous attempts, so the questions just had some slight variation.
Starting in 2 weeks time. One of my opponents came a very close 2nd, two percentage points behind!!
Thanks again, I think it was the visualisation techniques that really got me focusing on the positives.
Senior Engineer, Ford
Finally I have some good news for you! I've had some final meetings today and received an offer. This was for one of the positions where I did the first interview last Friday. We were quite far apart on salary but they called me back this evening and increased it by 30%. The role is corporate finance / M&A at an independent company. I think it is a good choice and I start on Thursday!
Many thanks for all your help. It wasn't the easiest of processes for me and I think the catalyst of doing something to improve my interview performance definitely helped.
Colm S., corporate finance/M&A
I found my performance during job interviews needed improvement. Margaret Buj send me her e-books, a blueprint on the basics of doing interviews and we did a practice interview and some exercises: optimizing my story and confidence. She provided concrete and fast answers to every question asked.
A very enjoyable experience, with a pleasant person. Worth every penny. I gladly recommend Margaret Buj as an Interview Coach to anyone in a similar situation.
Senior Category Manager Technology EMEA
Absolutely thrilled to be writing this review. I met twice with Margaret and then went in to the interview for my dream job and nailed it! Absolutely delighted. Margaret has helped me get my career back on track as I will be working in the sector that I have wished to return to for the last year and a half. I found the sessions with Margaret absolutely fascinating. She really helped me to get back to the basics, structuring my interview answers and highlighting my previous achievements relevant to the job. She helped me to focus on selling my skills and previous achievements using the STAR method, which worked wonders. In previous interviews I had been reading every single bit of literature about the company I was interviewing with, rather than focusing on what I could bring to the company, selling myself, my experience and my skills in a coherent way. Margaret has shown me that both things are equally important when interviewing. She also helped me to streamline my answers, to avoid "blabbering" (as I have a tendency to do!) I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone, at any level. Thank you so much, Margaret. Great job!
Sorry it's taken a while! I hear you're meeting up with my brother-in-law - see, I have been singing your praises!
Thank you so much once again.
I engaged with Margaret for senior executive interview training. She took time to understand me and my skills then went through a process of preparing me for interviews including feedback on my CV. Margaret is clearly very knowledgeable about what drives recruiters at large organisations and her expert advice helped me land my ideal role.
Luke Ireland, MBA, Managing Director EMEA/ROW at a consumer goods company
Hope you're well. Been meaning to send you an email for a while – I had interviews with two companies since I last saw you and it looks like I got a job with one of them. Apparently I'm the one they want (already had the call from HR talking me through their benefits and the recruiter confirmed that I'm the preferred candidate), now we're just waiting for sign-off from the US. It seems to take quite a while, fingers crossed. Anyway, I'm sure it had a lot to do with the interview training, I felt so much more in control and had a lot more to say than in previous interviews. So thank you! It's a really good job with a global company, lots of travel and with a lot of scope for my career.
So whatever happens, I'm much more confident in interview situations...so glad I had the training. The material you sent was also very useful.
Sr. PR Manager
I also wanted to let you know the good news.... I got the Reading job!!! I am so, so pleased as it was the full time, permanent position that I really wanted!!
A massive thank you to you for your time and brilliant coaching session. Although I knew which areas of the interviews I was struggling with and which areas needed improvement, it was fantastic to have the opportunity to spend that time with you and gain some great advice. I think the visualisation technique you told me was amazing and it definitely helped as it was something I thought about a lot prior to the interview. I was glad to put into practice what I had learnt from you at my interview on Monday in Bristol and although I felt that interview went better than ones before my coaching session, I decided when I was there that I wouldn't like their job anyway.
I went into the Reading interview feeling calm and centred and most of all very prepared. Afterwards I was thrilled how the interview had gone and was pleased that I had done my best. They told me in the interview (at 3pm Tuesday) that they would get back to us on Thursday with their decision. They phoned me at 4pm on Tuesday to let me know I had been successful and that although another candidate was currently working in the field and thus had more experience than me, I had interviewed so well and was so enthusiastic that they wanted me in their team instead!
A million thank you's as I am delighted to have got the job I wanted and feel that your coaching was a big contribution to this success. I have already recommended you to a friend!
Catherine Blaikley, Community Dietitian
Good news from one of my interviews that I did on Tuesday. This interview was confirmed to me on Monday (I think I did not mention it to you over the weekend). Well, they offered me a contract initially to start with because I appeared to be very shy to them… so they will give me one month's trial to see how I get on with the job. I also got another offer on Friday but decided to stick with the first offer. While I'd have preferred to get a permanent job, I am not complaining about getting 2 offers in a week after 20 unsuccessful interviews in the last few months!:-) Thanks again for your help.
I didn't get the workshop leader job as apparently I was over qualified so I went for a meeting with the Royal Exchange's education department and told them exactly what I wanted from a role, should they offer me a position. They did! I am now the Creative Associate for a project called Truth About Youth for the Royal Exchange.
Your session helped me to be able to sell my potential and this was the positive end result. Thank you!
Rachel Jade Brogan
Thank you very much for the interview coaching. Having been unemployed for almost a year, I had lost my confidence. Thanks to your advice and the tips that you gave me after the mock interview, I was offered the position I applied for (Tenancy Support Worker working with ex-offenders). The interviewers said that I scored much higher than any other candidate and I demonstrated that I had the transferable skills and the passion to do the job. I know that I would not have got the job without your help.
Mrs P Bradford
Margaret’s coaching was tremendously helpful. She switched straight from a relaxed discussion about what I felt I needed from coaching, and the demands of the job I was going for, into a really testing interview. I was amazed at how real she made it feel. The experience gave me some solid areas on which I had to improve and prepare for forthcoming interviews. I now have the perfect new job.
Director of Development and Public Affairs
I just wanted to let you know about the interviews I came to you to prepare for; it's been a long while, but I have only just heard back from the Department of Work and Pensions! I was successful, and was also successful with another interview I went for, so I now have the two positions to choose between. So I just wanted to say thank you again for your help and the practice. I think it really helped just in terms of rebuilding my confidence, so thanks ever so much for that.
David Gold, Modern History & Politics graduate
I was quite skeptical whether interview coaching could help, but I am so glad I did it – I only wish I did it a year ago!
The position I was in before is that I was made redundant in April 2008, ALL interviews I’ve attended since I simply froze up, lost control in the way of keeping a structured discussion in place and I ended up talking a lot of mumbo jumbo. I knew I can perform these jobs inside out, I have many years of experience, I simply just made a mess of the interview. I’ve bought books, DVD’s, and I just didn’t know what to do anymore.
After just one phone coaching session with Margaret, my confidence has significantly improved and my interview yesterday went really well. Having a document in front of me with bullet pointed items helped me immensely and I can now clearly articulate how specifically I can add value. Thanks so much.
Head of IT, a UK top 20 commercial law firm
Just wanted to let you know my good news, I’ve secured a position with a German laminate manufacturer. I’ll be managing existing and new business for the south of England region with the occasional visit to Germany.
I’m very excited about it and will be very, very pleased to get back into the fray!
I wanted to thank you for all your guidance, especially the structure element. I’ll pass your details to others which will hopefully result in more business for you. You have been an inspirational help to me, thank you
Nigel Lindsell, Specification Sales Manager
In my personal life, I am a self-expressed confident person but as soon as I set foot in an interview or other (potentially stressful) professional situation, I would fall apart. I would get nervous, lose the ability to listen and comprehend what was being said, constantly be thinking about what I would say next and then forget what I wanted to say. It was a nightmare!
But things meaningfully improved for me after a few sessions with Margaret. Margaret was not only a great practice partner and coach but she also helped me see how other people see me. And much to my surprise, I actually come off pretty well!
I would not have been able to land my dream job as a consultant at a Fortune 500 firm without her. Definitely, one of the best investments I have ever made!
Vanessa J, Consultant
Big 4 Consulting Firm
I was seeking entrance into an Executive MBA programme with one of the top Business Schools. Having been invited to attend an interview, I felt that I did not have enough confidence and I decided to approach Margaret.
The interview practice session with Magaret tested my ability to maintain a clear train of thoughts and convey a clear message, probed my thinking on the feet and boosted my confidence.Money very well spent.
Chris J, Executive MBA student
London Business School
I approached Margaret because I have had several job interviews recently and felt that I was not coming across positively enough and that I was not 'selling' my skills and experience effectively to employers.
The session with Margaret gave me a really valuable opportunity to practice my interview skills without the pressure and the nerves of a real interview. The feedback was really useful as Margaret was able to point out various aspects of my performance that I was not at all aware of (e.g. I was smiling throughout the interview, which didn't give the impression of me being a serious candidate for a senior position and I kept talking about 'we' rather than what I had achieved in my career). She helped me to structure my answers and focus on my most impressive achievements.
Margaret also gave me useful feedback by e-mail and continued to coach me in the run-up to the interview, giving me valuable pointers about what I should focus on in preparation for the interview. As a result I felt much more confident at interview and didn't go away kicking myself because I had not mentioned the key achievements which were most relevant to the post.
I would recommend Margaret as an interview coach - her advice was clear, practical and detailed.
I thought I would update you on my current status. I was offered a position at Hewlett Packard, but I declined it. I had my second interview with HSBC on Tuesday and should have an answer on Monday, but I also had 2 interviews with Tetrapak and they have offered me a job today and I have accepted.
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and advice.
Rahima Khalifa, Buyer
I had been getting mixed signals about my interview technique which had begun to demotivate me. This is when I had been told that I was a good interviewer. The session with Margaret was tough but useful. It is comforting to know that it might not be you performing badly but the interviewer. Margaret provided me with some top tips to negate this problem. Well worth the time and the money.
Sean Martindill, Senior Account Manager
British Gas and Help The Aged Partnership
I went to see Margaret because I was getting plenty of interviews but no job offers. The anecdotal feedback I was getting suggested that it was something to do with my interview technique, and particularly something around not being ‘dynamic’ or ‘sparky’ enough, even though I was technically very good. The coaching session with Margaret was really useful – from the moment she pointed out that my introductory handshake was a bit limp through the very grueling and totally realistic 40 minute interview to the detailed feedback, both at the end of the session and in the follow up email. What was particularly revealing was the realisation that I could be very ‘dynamic’ and ‘sparky’ as long as I stayed focused on the questions, had done my background research, and avoided waffling. I went away feeling very confident that I could do well in any interview situation.
Leslie Chapman, Interim Manager/Organizational Consultant
Kathryn H., Deputy Chief Executive, national campaigning organization and expert centre for direct and indirect children’s interest groups
I just wanted to let you know that I did get the job I applied for, and am starting next month. Thank you very much for your help with the interview preparation. It was extremely helpful to practice answering questions - you gave me some really useful feedback and I felt so much more confident and prepared, especially after the second session.
big 4 accountancy practice
The first time I contacted Margaret, I had lots of questions and unknowns in my mind. I was also feeling a bit de-motivated by my job-hunting experience. It was a great pleasure to cover all these matters in a couple of sessions with Margaret, including regaining my motivation. "Margaret identified my needs and issues quickly and suggested efficient solutions with a professional approach. She provided subtle yet clear guidance which made it easy for me to understand what to do and how to do it. I have acquired a great amount of information about interview techniques, the best ways to expose my skills and most importantly, to look my situation from a different perspective. I now feel much more confident and objective.
Product Management Director
Thank you for all the support, help and encouragement you gave me at the beginning of this year. Sitting down with you and recreating my CV has made such an enormous difference in my life. The sessions I had with you allowed me to look at my life and my skills in a completely new way. Thank you for helping me to represent myself on paper (my CV), such that I had the confidence, power and focus to go for the job I really wanted! I am now a company Director of a limited company and I am on a salary higher than I had thought I would get.
I was struggling to get my experience across at interviews and even on the phone to IT agents. I needed to look at the way I came across, both in what I said and how I said it. After a chat with Margaret about effective communication, going through examples, I shifted the way I spoke to agents. I spoke with confidence and clarity. Within two weeks I have had more interviews then in the previous months. During my recent interviews I structured my answers to push my strengths and actually enjoyed being interviewed, which for me underlines the difference Margaret has made to my job search. If you have a problem coming across well at interviews, I would highly recommend you speak to Margaret. She can make a big difference to improve your interview technique. My body language during interviews has also improved considerably.
Senior Support/Business Analyst
Just to let you know that I’ve been offered the job with NHS Partnership as a receptionist. I am really happy as you can imagine and I convey my sincere thanks for all your help and support. I am due to start the job in October and they’ve confirmed that I was the preferred candidate for the job in August – there were about 145 applicants for this one position. Thanks once more!
Mrs K S (who found employment after being dismissed from a call centre after 10 years in the job)
Just to give you some feedback - I found the session we had very helpful in getting me back 'on track' in thinking about my career history and achievements and about presentation skills.
Although we met at an early state in my preparations it helped me to focus quickly and the questions that you sent through supported my preparations.
I have retained a post in the re-structured organisation – thanks so much for your help
Senior Policy Advisor
I had the assessment, interview and a presentation on the same day. The presentation went really well and the interview was ok as well.
It wasn't until weeks later that we were given the outcome due to number of reasons.
Yes, I got the job. Everything I had prepared had paid off.
Can I just say that your advice and support had helped me a lot, the methods and approach we discussed were really helpful in my answers, thank you very much.
Just wanted to let you know that I got not just one, but 2 internships at law firms in Hong Kong! I think the one you helped me the most was the telephone interview, as after the phone interview, I got a second interview via video conference, the same skills you taught me applied!
I think I’d told you briefly about another interview which was a group exercise, I got that one as well!
Thank you for your help, and I am very happy I spent that time with you!
Senior Manager, made redundant from a Managing Director role in a large media group in 2009, who just got a senior management job in independent education sector
I thought you'd like to know I got the job! The second interview was very intimate with two people interviewing me for 1.5 hours. No stone left unturned!
Thank you so much for your help and support - it gave me a lot of confidence and I was able to use STAR and PAR to good effect to talk about relevant examples.
Principal Educational Psychologist