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Interview Counselling (Canada)
The interview for Foreign Service (FS—Political/Economic, Commercial/Economic, Management/Consular or Immigration), Commerce (CO), Policy (EC), or Program Administration-International (PM) positions in Canada is unique in government and dramatically different from private-sector hiring methods. Many bright, qualified candidates fail the interview because they are over-confident and uninformed about how the crucial interview process actually works.
To relieve uncertainty and improve your performance, our Interview Counselling explains in detail the assessment structure, the exercises and questions used, potential pitfalls, and the process by which candidates are evaluated in either Global Affairs Canada (GAC) or Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Our personal consultation with you is divided into several parts consisting of an advance assessment by us of your original application package followed by face-to-face or telephone meetings which cover every aspect of the interview-to-hiring process.
In taking our coaching you will receive:
An assessment of your résumé and application to help determine your strengths and weaknesses for the process
The evaluation criteria and competency-based method used to assess your performance
A reassuring overview of the interview-day format: group simulation, writing exercise and personal interview
Insights on the interview team's composition and conduct
A comprehensive run-through of simulation/presentation scenarios, a sample writing test, and situational/hypothetical and past-experience interview questions
Guidance on preparation strategies, interview deportment, avoidable mistakes and possible opportunities
Background information and informed answers to your personal concerns
Who Can Benefit from the Counselling?
Our effective, confidence-building strategies and proven interview advice will improve your preparation, performance and prospects to be selected for an international job with the Canadian government.
Clients include first-time and previously unsuccessful interviewees. Individuals we coach from the work force include government employees, business professionals and lawyers seeking a new career, as well as journalists, NGO staff and ESL/FSL teachers. University clients come from all academic levels and disciplines, and virtually all Canadian universities and top schools abroad.
We receive referrals from university professors; Cabinet Ministers, Senators and Members of Parliament; and serving and retired FS, CO, EC, PM, EX- and DM-level government officials. The latter group includes current and former Deputy Ministers and Assistant Deputy Ministers, Heads of Post, former colleagues, and people we coached in previous entry-level and internal promotion competitions. Click here to download the Table of Contents for the Interview Counselling session/materials.
Why Use Our Services?
We are the only career coaching firm that specializes in helping candidates understand and advance in government, multilateral organization and international NGO hiring and promotion competitions—from entry level to executive level. No service offered by government, universities or the private sector—past or present, in North America or abroad—matches our expertise or placement record over the past 25 years.
The success rate of our clients in institutional hiring and promotion processes attests to the high quality training we provide. Please take the time to read the testimonials sent to us by clients and supporters displayed under Client & Supporter Comments [click here].