Career coaching

Every career starts with a successful interview...

Competition on the globalised labour market is getting tougher every year. Professional and human skills are a basic prerequisite that every candidate must bring along. However, the total expenditure for further education and training is of little use to you, should you not be able to present your strengths and competences convincingly in the interview.

From my many years of experience, I know that a large part of the candidates fails with relatively simple entry questions. The primary aim of an interview is to establish that technical skills, management skills and personality match to the job description. A diligent interview will always focus on these outcomes.

Also a successful mastering of interview skills is essential, and more importantly these skills can be learned. Thanks to more than 25 years of experience in various industrial sectors, I am able to prepare you optimally. I know the whole spectrum of unpleasant interview questions as well as the usual interview techniques.

Interview-Coaching

it depends on the "how" ...

Imparting the basics and important tips on posture are a part of the coaching process. However in this "real life" interview we will work through the parts which cause you problems. We will practive all the relevant topics together until you feel comfortable. Together we practice all important conversation areas such as

Professional competencies (training, further education, practical experience); interpersonal relationships (contact behaviour, integration, cooperation, conviction); intellectual capabilities

(communication skills, problem identification and analysis, stress tolerance); working style (organisation, care, speed, initiative, decision-making) and presentation (flexibility, creativity, appearance).

Career-Coaching

Has your career come to a standstill?

Do you have problems with members of your team? Do you want to build an international team or lead one? Let me advise you and benefit from my extensive experience and intercultural competence.

Profile

 

Why I become a coach

Rooted in the family

The decision to become a coach has roots in my original family. Both parents were in health care, and since my childhood, they have influenced me by their ability to help and advice. The ability to quickly gain the trust of others lies probably in our genes – my sister is a social worker, and already in our youth, we both knew how to listen with empathy to others who seek our advice.

Experience and know-how

After completing an interview preparation course ten years ago, a wave of layoffs had just begun, and I decided to share my acquired knowledge and long-term experience as an interviewer with my friends who were affected by those layoffs.

Feedback and decision

I received positive feedback that working directly with me was better than visiting the Outplacement Center. This convinced me to dedicate myself to it as a profession fully.


Dr. Vaclav Sulista

more than 25 years of experience ...

  • Born in Budweis, Czechia
  • Studied Analytical Chemistry at Charles University in Prague, a resident of Switzerland since 1990
  • More than 25 years in the industry in various roles as a member of the Management Board, member of the Board of Directors, middle Management Novartis Pharma AG, leading up to 60 direct reports.
  • More than 250 interviews conducted
  • Further Education "Efficient Interviewing for Managers", Managing of Managers
  • Certified Coach and Consultant (CTAS/ISO/ICI)
  • Experience in Quality Assurance, Development, Manufacturing,
  • Supply Chain (APICS certified as CPIM, CSCP) and general management, multilingual: German, Swiss-German, English, Czech, Slovak, Russian
  • Married, father of 3 daughters, grandfather
  • Hobbies: Ice hockey goaltender, modern history, music, politics

Questions

Are you prepared for the questions?

A large pool of questions from all areas has been compiled over the years, to best prepare you for the actual interview. (here few examples only)

Tell me about yourself.

It seems like an easy interview question. It’s open-ended. I can talk about whatever I want from the birth forward. Right? Wrong. What the hiring manager really wants is a quick, two- to three-minute snapshot of who you are and why you’re the best candidate for this position.
So as you answer this question, talk about what you’ve done to prepare yourself to be the very best candidate for the position. Use an example or two to back it up. Then ask if they would like more details. If they do, keep giving them example after example of your background and experience. Always point back to an example when you have the opportunity. “Tell me about yourself” does not mean tell me everything. Just tell me what makes you the best.

What is your greatest weakness?

Most career books tell you to select a strength and present it as a weakness. Such as: “I work too much. I just work and work and work.” Wrong. First of all, using a strength and presenting it as a weakness is deceiving. Second, it misses the point of the question.
You should select a weakness that you have been actively working to overcome. For example: “I have had trouble in the past with planning and prioritization. However, I’m now taking steps to correct this. I just started using a pocket planner . . .” then show them your planner and how you are using it. Talk about a true weakness and show what you are doing to overcome it.

If you had to live your life over again, what one thing would you change?

Focus on a key turning point in your life or missed opportunity. Yet also tie it forward to what you are doing to still seek to make that change.
For example: “Although I’m overall very happy with where I’m at in my life, the one aspect I likely would have changed would be focusing earlier on my chosen career. I had a great internship this past year and look forward to more experience in the field. I simply wish I would have focused here earlier. For example, I learned on my recent internship…” …then provide examples.

Stay focused on the positive direction in your life and back it up with examples.

Testimonials

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