Common "Interferences" which limit interview success for women

Interview skills do not come naturally to most of us; male or female, but there are common "interferences" I notice with many of my female career/interview coaching clients;
  1.  Playing down educational accomplishments and past experience: Comments such as "It's been so long since I completed my degree - it is probably irrelevant" or " I only managed a small team" frequently arise when I am working with individual clients or as part of group career coaching programs.  These comments are usually made by clients who have paused career acceleration for some years for reasons including family responsibilities, lack of opportunity in the workplace, or sometimes due to a lack of belief in their abilities.  Coaching can be hugely beneficial here as once clients are supported to rediscover the extent of their abilities and accomplishments, they will experience a boost to their confidence and in turn an ability to articulate the relevance and impact of their education and past experience at interview.
  2. Being too chatty or "waffling" during the interview; this can be attributed to nerves for some which can be managed by engaging in a focused interview preparation process (this is particularly successful for competency based interviews) as well as practical approaches to other causes of nervousness.  This "interference" is much more common with clients of mine who express a preference for extroversion.
  3. Giving "bare-minimum" answers; this is the opposite to point 2 and is quite common amongst clients who express a preference for introversion as introverts typically like to think through questions thoroughly before answering and under time pressure may only give a "bare-minimum "answer.  Through coaching we can explore what we can "borrow" from the extroverted side of the spectrum to help deliver more  "meaty answers".
  Another reason for "bare-minimum" answers" is also related to point 1; sometimes women   are reluctant to tout their accomplishments for fear they may come across as arrogant or   overly ambitious.  Women can sometimes adopt an approach of "waiting to be discovered"...   it is rare that this approach will work in a time pressured interview, it is more effective to           clearly state achievements and competence.

If any of the above resonates with you, it is important to address these interferences to give yourself maximum opportunity for success at interviews.  Some of my clients will wait until an interview is looming to seek out coaching and they often get what they need from a few sessions of interview coaching ( ). 

However, for many there is deeper work to be done around the interferences such as the ones I have described above and my group coaching for women ( ) or depending on where you are at 1:1 executive coaching ( ) are some of the ways you can address these by taking time for YOU to be clear about what YOU want from your career now and into the future and to identify what personal interferences may hold you back.
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