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A Revolution in Job Interview Prep?

November 4, 2012 Posted by Vijay Ingam

I have decided to start providing job interview preparation services by phone, Skype and Google voice and video chat. In fact, my whole company, Interview SOS, is based on that concept.

Joy and Vijay at Shanghai Expo 2010

Joy and Vijay at the Thailand Exhibit at Shanghai Expo 2010

I have to thank my friend Joy for the idea. (Enclosed is a photo of me and Joy at the Shanghai Expo in China in 2010.) Several months ago, Joy asked me for help with her job interviews for positions in law. The problem is that Joy lives in Shanghai and I live in Los Angeles!

So, I decided to help Joy by videoconferencing with her over Skype for a few hours. Joy was like a regular career coaching client; the only difference was we were videoconferencing instead of meeting in person in Los Angeles. I could help Joy overcome her nervousness, identify the strengths in her job application, and prepare answers to tough job interview questions very efficiently by videoconference. She subsequently landed a job at a prestigious law firm in Shanghai.  It made me realize that I could provide the same job interview coaching services for anyone in the world.

There are huge benefits to getting career coaching by internet videoconference or phone:

  • Skype and Google are free
  • It saves time in commuting.
  • You can get a career coaching session anywhere in the world

So if you’re looking for someone to help you prepare for a job interview please contact me and we’ll schedule a time to talk via Skype. And if you’re looking for a sharp corporate lawyer in Shanghai, Joy is definitely the one for you.


About Vijay Ingam

Vijay is an experienced financial analyst, career coach and hiring manager, who was disappointed with the interview skills of many job applicants, even those from top-ranked business schools. In 2009, Vijay began offering personalized interview coaching, resume and cover letter writing services in Los Angeles. Vijay’s services were unique because insisted that clients participate actively in the writing and editing process to ensure that resumes and cover letters accurately reflected client’s experience, skills and strengths. He encouraged his clients to prepare and rehearse their answers to common job interview questions prior to any job interview. After helping a friend in China prepare for a job interview in 2010, Vijay realized that he could offer personalized job interview coaching services anywhere in the world using Skype and phone. He subsequently founded Interview SOS. While attending the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, Vijay was a career coach for the Parker Career Management Center (the school’s MBA-level career counseling service) who helped other students to prepare for job interviews, write resumes and draft cover letters. For four years prior to business school, Vijay acted as a Boston-area diversity recruiter and interviewer for the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Career Program. Vijay has his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, California. He is a National Merit Scholar and CFA charter holder. Vijay’s sister, Mindy Kaling, is the executive producer, writer and star of the Mindy Project on Fox Television.

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