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  1. Eldaa

    Over the course of a year, I attended three interviews for various Civil Service positions. Unfortunately, I didn’t pass any of the interview stages despite feeling confident about my understanding of the competency framework. In light of this, I made the decision to seek the assistance of an interview coach to prepare for an upcoming interview. I scheduled two sessions with Matthew, which proved to be immensely insightful and beneficial. With his guidance, I gained a clearer understanding of the requirements and what the employers were seeking. Matthew helped me structure my responses effectively, and I found this to be one of the best investments I’ve made for my career. I am thrilled to share that I eventually secured the job, and I am incredibly grateful to Matthew for helping me regain my confidence and belief in myself. I want to express my sincere gratitude to him. Without a doubt, I will seek his guidance again in the future.

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    • Matthew Eastlake

      Thank you for your kind words Eldaa. It is easy and understandable to suffer a loss of confidence after a few unsuccessful interviews. Civil Service interviews are very exacting and building strong answers is made easier when working together, inviting challenge to your thinking and coaching around communication and delivery. I very much enjoyed working with you and thrilled that you have been offered the role. I also hope that our work together and the videos you now have will provide inspiration and be a useful reference when the next opportunity comes along. I hope you enjoy the role and please keep in touch. Matt

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  2. Caitlin

    10/10 service. My 2 interview coaching sessions with Matthew were incredibly helpful and informative. I wanted extra help as this was my first civil service interview. Best money I’ve spent as I was successful in getting the job and the advice I received in these sessions have not only been helpful for this particular interview, but I’m sure will prove useful in future interviews as well!

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    • Matthew Eastlake

      Hi Caitlin, I was delighted to hear about your success Caitlin particularly as it was yoru first Civil Service interview. It was a pleasure to work together. Remember to keep the video recordings as they will help for any future interviews too. Matt.

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  3. Alex Tait

    Elizabeth helped me prepare for an interview on promotion having not interviewed for a number of years. Her support was absolutely enlightening and completely changed the way I thought about interviewing for that step up. Her advice and guidance for my Civil Service interview was so helpful, and I would definitely look to use the services again should I go for a further promotion later in my career as it was worth every penny and more.

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    • Elizabeth Conley

      It was a pleasure to work together and it doesn’t surprise me at all that you were offered the role. Enjoy the new challenge and I look forward to working together again in the future. Elizabeth

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  4. Justyna

    Following up on the message I posted last week – I got the job!

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    • Georgina Kvassay

      Fantastic news Justyna thanks for letting us know. Kind regards Georgina

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  5. Justyna

    I was extremely anxious about my first competency based interview in years, and reached out to the Interview Skills Clinic to better understand the process and prepare myself in the best possible way. Following a brief introductory session with Elizabeth, where I explained my fears, expectations and needs, I was put in touch with Georgina to prepare my interview. Working with Georgina was an amazing and an eye-opening experience – it boosted my confidence; I felt way more relaxed, and even empowered. I understood how to tailor examples from my professional career to answer various sorts of CBI questions. The interview went great and I made it to the next stage. I can’t recommend Georgina enough!

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    • Georgina Kvassay

      Hi Justyna
      Thank you so much for your review. I’m delighted that you were successful in your interview and it was a pleasure to see how you grew in confidence during our time together. You have some great experience and examples which just needed some support with how to structure them and how you were coming across. I wish you huge success in the future.
      Kind regards

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  6. Ben Cameron

    I came to the Interview Skills Clinic as I had struggled with interviews in the past and wanted to nail my interview for the Civil Service. Claire prepared me really well for the interview by clearly explaining the format, their expectations, and always letting me know how I could improve. Claire helped me to show myself in my best light as well as build my confidence. I have no doubt that the sessions I had with Claire were instrumental in helping me to receive an offer. Thank you very much!

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    • Claire Hodgson

      Thank you for the review and kind words, Ben! It was a real pleasure working with you! You showed real commitment throughout and I am delighted it paid off and you were offered this really exciting opportunity. Wishing you the very best of luck in your new career within the Civil Service. Kind regards Claire

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  7. Maxine O'Neill

    I was nervous attending my first session at the Interview skills clinic but Elizabeth made me feel relaxed and confident.
    I work in a special school and was applying for a headship, I was struggling with giving in-depth responses to my answers. Elizabeth worked with me to support how I broke down the question to respond.
    At interview I felt confident and clear in the way I was going to answer the question and the panel feedback from my interview was really positive and I will be taking up my first headship in September. I really enjoyed the session and will use Elizabeth again.

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    • Elizabeth Conley

      Hi Maxine, it was a pleasure to work together and I was delighted to hear about your success. You had all the experience you needed and just needed a little help to rephrase your experience into ‘leadership speak’. Enjoy the new challenge.

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  8. Orlagh Jones

    I found the Interview Skills Clinic a few weeks before my first two Civil Service interviews. As a recent graduate and someone new the the civil service interview style, I felt I needed some guidance. I was coached by Elizabeth and in just three sessions my confidence and understanding around the nature of Civil Service Interviews was exponentially improved. Elizabeth mocked interviews with me, helped me to technically improve my answers by providing me with tailored improvements to the examples I was using in my answers, and overall elevated my communication style. I was offered the job for one role, and placed on the reserve list for the other, so cannot thank and recommend Elizabeth and the Interview Skills Clinic enough!

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    • Elizabeth Conley

      Hi Orlagh, it was great to hear your news. A career in Civil Service will give you lots of opportunities. The tough part is now waiting for clearance.

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  9. Liza

    I had 2 sessions with Elizabeth where she gave me a great understanding on how to answer interview questions with structure and gave me the confidence to be able to do perform much better in interviews, as this was something I was really lacking. Straight after these sessions I managed to secure a great role which I probably wouldn’t have had the confidence to even go for without her help. The sessions were a real investment in myself and my future and I am so glad I did it. Thank you Elizabeth!

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    • Elizabeth Conley

      Hi Liza, it was a great result, well done. You put in all the hard work and I was delighted to help you. You really just needs a boost in confidence. Enoy the new challenge.

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  10. Suzie Howat

    I had 2 interview sessions with Claire to help prepare for interviews for my industrial placement year within my university course. Claire gave me practical tips and tricks and interview practice that helped me understand what to expect and which really helped me phrase answers to best showcase my experience and skills. I got the placement job and was told the decision was based off of my strong performance in interview. I would highly recommend Claire!

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    • Claire Hodgson

      Hi Suzie, it was great to hear about your placement offer. This expereience will really help you when you apply for jobs after University and you you’ll be able to use all the preparation and practice for you next interview. Remember to keep the video recordings and password for next time. Enjoy the placement.

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