Best Interview Tips

Congratulations!

You've been invited to interview.

Now what?

My interview clients get results because I help them figure out what to say (logical content), and how to say it (impressive delivery).

LOGICAL CONTENT

  • I have taught critical thinking & storytelling for 20 years.
  • Earlier my career, I won a Distinguished Teaching Award from the State of Louisiana.
  • Now, I teach some of the world's top engineers and scientists at The University of Tokyo how to present their ideas on paper and in person.

IMPRESSIVE DELIVERY

for clients around the world

ONE-to-ONE MOCK INTERVIEW TRAINING

  • I provide school specific interview training
  • Unfortunately, I am no longer able to sell single interview training sessions
  • As of October 2019, I require a three-session minimum purchase
  • Please scroll down to see my pricing for the 2019-20 application season
  • Please note that initial consultations are not offered for interview training

STEP ONE: CONTACT ME AT LEAST 15 DAYS BEFORE YOUR INTERVIEW

  • Please complete my intake form
  • Let me know when you plan to interview, and when you want to practice with me
  • I will confirm if I have the capacity to help you
  • One mock interview training session lasts 50 minutes
  • I ask customized questions for the first 30 minutes
  • We spend the last 20 minutes reviewing your answers
  • I can help you brainstorm more effective ways to answer the questions I asked
  • We can also discuss other ways that interviewers might ask you to discuss the same information (different questions that solicit the same core contents that I wanted you to discuss during our 30 minute mock interview)
  • Finally, if time permits, we can discuss other types of questions that might be of concern to you

STEP TWO: ARRANGE PAYMENT

  • Clients in Japan pay Agos via bank transfer
  • Clients outside Japan pay via PayPal
  • Once you share your email address that is associated with your PayPal account, I will send you an invoice
  • Once your invoice clears, we can arrange our first session


STEP THREE: SCHEDULE OUR FIRST SESSION TO OCCUR AT LEAST 5 DAYS BEFORE YOUR INTERVIEW

  • Once payment clears, we can schedule your session(s)
  • Please check my availability calendar here
  • Then, email me three options - what are your preferred days and times?
  • I will do my best to accommodate
  • Finally, please follow my cancellation policy
  • If necessary, requests to reschedule appointments should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the originally scheduled appointment time
  • Rescheduling requests made less than 24 hours prior to an appointment will be granted at Vince’s discretion

STEP FOUR: SEND ME YOUR RESUME and/or MBA APPLICATION

  • Once our session is scheduled, please attach and send me the same information that your interviewers will have
  • That could include your resume/CV and other application PDF forms, depending on the school for which we are preparing
  • If you are not sure what to send, please check the school's website
  • If you are still not sure, please ask me AFTER PAYMENT HAS CLEARED
  • Please note: after your interview, I will destroy all hard and soft copies to maintain client confidentiality
  • Some interviews are blind, meaning that interviews only see your resume or CV
  • Many top US schools use blind interviews: Berkeley, Columbia, Chicago, Duke, Kellogg, Stanford, Tuck, UCLA, etc.
  • Other interviewers, like adcom members from HBS, MIT, and NYU, read your application before they interview you
  • Finally, alumni from schools like LBS and INSEAD often read your essays before the interview
  • After reading your resume/CV or application, I will prepare a custom list of questions to fit your case.
  • I ask questions that test your ability to discuss issues that might be of concern to your interviewer(s)
  • I also assess your communication skills
  • I cannot predict what questions your interviewers will ask at your real interview
  • Still, practicing with an expert who understands what interviewers are looking for can help boost your confidence

STEP FIVE: PRACTICE BEFORE and AFTER EACH SESSION

Please practice at least three hours before and after each of our mock interview sessions

Interviewing is a learned skill

You will improve with practice

I encourage you to use my "mirror method" to practice interviews at home

You might also want to watch these sample interview videos ▸ http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNeJs5Tvx34gON28TgJBCzYNzbcrdc4EF

HOW TO CONTACT VINCE

  • If you want my help preparing for your interview, please complete my prospective client intake questionnaire
  • I will confirm if I have the capacity to help you
  • Please note that initial consultations are not offered for interview training

LOGISTICS

  • For clients outside Tokyo, I provide interview training via phone, Skype, or Google Talk
  • If you do not have access to those services, I can provide my office phone number, as well as a US phone number that will connect to my Skype account

CANCELLATIONS

  • If necessary, requests to reschedule appointments should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the originally scheduled appointment time
  • Rescheduling requests made less than 24 hours prior to an appointment will be granted at Vince’s discretion
  • As needed, a client may change a face-to-face session to a “distance” session to be conducted over phone or Skype. Please kindly inform Vince ahead of time


CONFIDENTIALITY

  • Strict confidentiality is guaranteed
  • No client information will be shared with other applicants

What are Vince's fees?

Interview service fees in effect until March 31, 2020 (prices thereafter to be determined)

  • Three-hour minimum at my hourly rate of 44,000 JPY (or US dollar equivalent at current exchange rates) = 132,000 JPY

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DISCLAIMER

As a bit of a cheap bastard and control freak, I manage this website alone.

Thus, I do not always have time to update it as I would like.

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with the schools.