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What makes a good interview?

One where you are offered the job, of course! Seriously though, interviews are usually challenging for most people, daunting for many and plain nerve-wracking for the majority. If you are one of the lucky few who enjoy interviews without any stress attached, then you are in the minority. 

There is never one perfect formula that works for all people in all situations. There are many factors that can influence an interview’s positive or negative outcome:


  • a poorly structured or ‘loose’ interview style that rarely brings out the best in people
  • an inexperienced interviewer that does not ask the right questions
  • interruptions and distractions during the interview
  • ‘surprise’ or left-field questions designed to trip you up
  • an interviewer who does all the talking and does not let you speak
  • first impressions deem you to be ‘outside the right team fit’


  • the way you are dressed and presented
  • how you speak and answer questions
  • your interaction with the interviewer/panel and your ability to engage
  • displaying enthusiasm and genuine interest in the role
  • research and knowledge of the company and the position being offered
  • your overall conduct


  • your credibility
  • your likeability
  • your suitability

PLUS a bit of luck and timing!



“Thank you very much for the coaching you provided to me. I have got a job offer for a full-time and permanent position this morning. I nailed questions at the interview early this week thanks to you!  I am glad that I took your interview coaching. Please keep up the good work :)”

MK, Executive Assistant and Language Teacher, February 2019   

"The interview went very well. I felt very cool and collected in what was clearly a well thought through and intentionally pointed interview session. I am very pleased I had the time with you prior, it certainly allowed me to iron out the glitches in my delivery, and your feedback in hindsight was immensely valuable."

Blair McFarlane, Maintenance Manager, Northland


"The interview session was really helpful and practical. She gave me a lot of suggestions regarding the way I should answer the questions in the interview and I found her very professional and encouraging. She was very efficient and responded to my request in a timely manner. I really enjoyed working with her and looking forward to working with her again in the near future."

Alison,Primary School Teacher, Auckland