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Interview Coaching: A Cutting Edge Home Business Opportunity

May 13, 2008
Who would believe that someone with a home-based business can reach out to a far away country and work with a client via a Blackberry and a cell phone? That is exactly what I did last month with a man in Israel who was going to interview there. And, he not only got the job, but he was able to negotiate a higher salary after our work together.

The business of coaching in general is quietly taking over the $427 Billion home-business sector by storm. If you are interested in getting in on this wave you will first need to find a niche. A niche that will satisfy your needs - where you can make a difference and some good money at the same time.

My niche is Interview Coaching, which is my way to connect with people all over the United States and beyond. To be able to reach out and help someone - and to be appreciated is what my business is about. Can you think of a better way to make a living? You might think that just anyone could advertise themselves as an Interview Coach. In reality they can do that, but that doesn't mean they have what it takes to do a good job for their clients or themselves.

Here's a quiz to determine if this might be a niche for you to explore.

__ I am an excellent listener

You should be able to really "hear" people when they talk. You can pick up on hidden things they're saying if you read between the lines.

__ I am good at "reading" people -

Some people may say they are "people persons" but they never look beyond what's on the surface. Being able to look deeper is a a special gift that will take you far in this business.

__ I have excellent communication skills

Communication skills begin with listening and letting the person know that they've been heard. It's also adjusting how you communicate to match the person you are talking to - varying how you communicate depending on whether you're talking to an executive or a laboratory assistant.

__ I am very patient and will take the time necessary to explain what needs to change

Some people do not have the patience to listen to a long story or to have to explain something over in several different ways to get the point across.

__ I am capable of giving straight forward feedback

To be valuable to your client you often need to give straight-forward advice that can be difficult to say. Remember, not being honest with your advice takes away from the value of your coaching.

__ I think I would make a great coach

If you are starting out, you have to determine if you want to spend time with people teaching them new skills and techniques that will make a difference in their lives.

__ I am patient and possess excellent customer service skills

Sometimes people change their minds, cancel appointments, don't show up for appointments. It's all part of having a business. Your customer service policy will be of your own choosing and values.

__ I'm a great problem solver

This is the most exciting part of interview coaching. To ask the questions and find out what is going on. Asking many questions and listening and reading between the lines will give you clues to helping the person succeed.

__ I need to make a difference

You've come to the right place. You can help people change their lives. You can help them to be more competitive in the job market. You can show them that they have power in the interview process.

__ I'm good at giving motivational reinforcement

After you've given them the straight-forward feedback you will have to work to build their esteem back to a place where they will appreciate they have something to offer.

How many checks were you able to put on the list? If you have six out of the ten skills required - or higher - this may be a place for you to explore.

Interview Coaching offers a steady stream of new challenges and the chance to play many roles during a single day. The clients are all different - some are in transition, or pursuing an internal promotion, some are changing fields, or young people entering the work force for the first time. And don't forget those who have been laid off or fired. These people need help - they need encouragement - and they need caring for.

After all, what is life for if it isn't about making a difference? With Interview Coaching you can make a difference in your own life as well as other people's lives all over the world.
About the Author
Carole Martin is America's #1 Interview Coach and is a contributor to Monster.com and a celebrated trainer and mentor. Carole can give you interviewing tips like no one else can. Get a copy of her FREE 9-part "Interview Success Tips" by visiting Carole on the web at The Interview Coach
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