is an online interview training system developed by
the country's top job interview coach.
Would you fight Mike Tyson without training with a coach?Not likely. So why would you walk into a job interview without the proper preparation? Research studies show that training, practice, and feedback are the winning combination when it comes to acing job interviews. To succeed in an interview you’ll need to:
- Anticipate tough interview questions and develop compelling answers
- Master the dreaded "Tell me about yourself", "What are your weaknesses?" and other tricky questions
- Develop winning examples to impress in behavioral interviews
- Conquer interview nerves and effortlessly convey confidence and likability
- Identify and fix your mistakes (even the ones you don't know you're making)
How is a job interview like a
You get just a brief opportunity to work over your opponent and win a big purse (and to avoid a fist to the face - metaphorically in the case of a job interview... hopefully).
In the fight for the top jobs, you can be sure that your biggest competitors are spending time on perfecting their moves. How can you get the edge over those suck-ups and nab the ultimate job offer?
It's all about training and having the right coach. Big Interview is your online job interview coach (and comes with a real, live, expert, human job interview coach too).
Are You Making Interview Mistakes That Are Costing You Money?
Do you interview well? Do you interview well enough to compete in the current hyper-competitive job market? If it's been a while since your last successful interview, I'm sorry to report that what worked in the past probably isn't going to cut it today.
Your interviewers are never going to give you honest feedback, so it's hard to know what you're doing wrong. That means you keep making the same mistakes...and keep getting passed over.
You're smart. You're qualified. But somehow you're not closing the deal.
It can happen to anyone -- from new grad to seasoned executive. Maybe you're out of practice. Maybe you're a little too humble. Maybe you're inadvertently waving red flags at your interviewers (in other words, raising doubts about your qualifications or fit).
Your friends can't tell you what you're doing wrong. Your spouse can't tell you what you're doing wrong. They are biased because they already like you.
Our coaches will tell you what you're doing wrong and how to fix it.
Big Interview -- A powerful set of tools to help you win the job, including:
- Challenging, virtual mock-interviews for all experience levels and dozens of industries
- Personal evaluation and feedback from expert interview coaches
- Comprehensive video training curriculum covering all aspects of landing a job
- A step-by-step interview answer builder
- Database of hundreds of interview questions with tips on how to answer them
Stop Wasting Time on the Same Old Tips and Get Real Tools That Work
There are plenty of books and articles full of job interview tips. But real mastery requires action. We'll show you exactly what you need to do -- and how to do it.
Hi, I'm Pamela Skillings, the creator of Big Interview and a top job interview coach.
I have helped thousands of clients -- from all industries and at all experience levels -- learn to ace their interviews and land jobs at companies like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Microsoft, and Intel.
I also work with corporate clients to teach hiring managers how to interview candidates.
So I know both sides of the interview table VERY well.
Over the years, I've discovered the best way to prepare for a job interview -- it not only works, but it's infallible if you do it right. It's a method backed up by years of academic research on the dynamics of the job interview.
The S.P.A. Approach
Step 1: Study -- First, you have to educate yourself about job interview best practices.
You must understand what interviewers are looking for and learn how to anticipate and answer questions. You must also analyze your own background (including your strengths and weaknesses) and devise a strategic approach for answering critical interview questions (especially the tricky ones).
It is also crucial to prepare winning examples to share in response to behavioral interview questions ("Tell me about a time...")
Step 2: Practice
You absolutely must practice answering questions until you feel comfortable and confident. You've heard this advice before, but have you followed it? Practice is essential -- skip it at your own peril.
Step 3: Analysis
The last factor -- the one that can take you from pretty good to fantastic -- is expert, objective analysis of the impression you're making and how it could be better. You can analyze yourself, ask a trusted mentor, or get a professional opinion from a career coach. This approach works, but most job seekers don't take the time to prepare the right way. With Big Interview, we have created a fast, easy, streamlined way to use the PPA approach to prepare to ace your next job interview. Find out more about how the Big Interview system works.
The Science of Effective Job Interviews
Michael Jordan famously became a legend because of focused, deliberate practice and training. One of his mottoes was "Play hard, practice harder."
John Wooden was named the greatest coach of the 20th century by ESPN. He earned the title by leading the UCLA basketball team to 10 national championships in 12 years and racking up the highest winning percentage of any coach in NCAA basketball history. Wooden was famous for his focus on practice and drilling players on key concepts and skills until they achieved mastery -- and ultimately, the behaviors became automatic.
The concept isn't limited to the world of sports. In 2010, Fortune Magazine’s Geoff Colvin published a book called Talent is Overrated, based on a 2007 Harvard Business Review paper called “The Making of an Expert.” Both of these very well-received publications stressed the importance of training and deliberate practice in the making of world-class performers from Benjamin Franklin to Chris Rock.
Deliberate practice will also make you great at job interviewing -- giving you your pick of positions and opportunities. If you want to start knocking your interviews out of the park – and start lining up top-flight jobs with top-flight pay – then training and practice are exactly what you need.
University of Southern Mississippi Professors:
“Strong Ties Between Practiced Verbal Responses and Getting Hired”
How do training and practice make the difference in job interviewing? Research has shown that appropriateness of content (how strong your answers are), fluency of speech (how polished your speaking is), and composure (how comfortable you feel in the job interview) were the most important factors leading to favorable hiring decisions.
That means... the interviewees with the best answers and who are most comfortable WIN.
This is why real interview training trumps simply reading a book or taking a class (where you’re not really getting much – if ANY – practical interview experience) and why it trumps practicing with friends (who simply don’t give you the kind of experience you’ll get with real interviewers).
Real interview training gets you the kind of content, fluency, and composure you need to truly succeed.
When we talk about "real interview training," we mean training that incorporates deliberate practice and those three keys to success that Pamela has identified -- the SPA Approach.
How Big Interview Gets You Results - S.P.A. Approach
Phase 1: Study
The Boy Scouts are right. You must always be prepared. That doesn't mean just skimming a couple of articles and re-reading your resume.
That means learning how to:
- Analyze job descriptions
- Anticipate interview questions
- Identify your own strengths and weaknesses
- Understand best practices for both tricky questions and those that seem deceptively simple
- Customize your approach for different positions and companies
- Develop compelling examples to answer behavioral questions
Study - The Big Interview Way
The lessons provide you with information on best practices, sample answers, and step-by-step instructions for preparing your own responses.
The question library gives you access to hundreds of potential questions -- covering dozens of industries, competencies, and technical skills -- and tips on how to answer them.
The Big Interview Answer Builder will guide you in creating powerful stories that will wow hiring managers in behavioral interviews.
Phase 2: Practice
Every interview book ever written includes the advice to practice. There's a reason for that. Practice makes you more eloquent, more confident, and more impressive in your job interviews. I'm talking about a real, in-depth practice session that addresses the questions you know you will hear (because you anticipated them during Phase 1).
In terms of developing your interviewing skills, practice has a magical effect beyond anything you could predict. You'll be amazed at what practice can do:
- Make you more comfortable going into "interview mode" (we all know that an interview is more than just a regular business conversation -- you have to be ON)
- Expose weak answers so you can strengthen them
- Eliminate annoying gestures -- like fidgeting and ums and uhs
- Dramatically improve your confidence for the interview
Practice - The Big Interview Way
This is exactly what you need if you feel awkward practicing with a friend -- or just don't have the time to set up a practice session with someone you trust.
The Big Interview Practice Interview tool allows you to conduct virtual interviews with dozens of pre-recorded hiring managers from different industries and practicing different interview styles. It's all done via webcam -- and totally private unless you want to share your recordings with a friend or coach.
No awkwardness, no hassle. The key here is you get to make your mistakes while you're alone in front of the webcam. By the time you've practiced a few times with our virtual interviewers, you'll see a big difference. Guaranteed.
Phase 3: Analysis
Here's the final, most powerful step in the process. Practice will only take you so far if you are making common mistakes like failing to sell yourself, rambling too much, using weak examples, or even making shifty eye contact.
You have to be able to analyze what aspects of your approach need improvement. Most people NEVER get an objective analysis of their interview style -- hiring managers won't share their views and friends and colleagues are biased.
Analysis - The Big Interview Way
But if you're really serious, there's nothing quite like in-depth, expert feedback. You can share selected videos with our interview coaches and get a comprehensive analysis of your interview approach and advice on concrete steps that you can take to improve significantly.
The Big Interview Story
The reason we focused on executives was because the price of one-on-one in-person interview training is simply out of reach for many people… it’s a high value-added service – one that gets most people much better jobs with much higher pay than they’d otherwise get – but it isn’t typically affordable for the ordinary working person.
We wanted to offer the value of our proven approach to job seekers in all income brackets. We knew there was a way to help them to get results similar to the results our executive clients achieve, leveraging the proven content and techniques used in our executive coaching sessions. And so Big Interview was born...
Big Interview was developed based on the proven approach of interview coach Pamela Skillings, who has helped her clients land jobs at companies including Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, and many more Her techniques have been field tested with the toughest interviewers out there.
Big Interview is also licensed by 40+ top universities and graduate schools -- chosen by the career experts at these institutions as a valuable tool for their students and alumni.
Avoid This Interview Mistake -- Blowing Behavioral Questions
Most candidates aren't prepared and end up boring or even turning off the interviewer. Their examples are rambling, irrelevant, weak, or incomplete.
Effective interview training helps you select the right examples to demonstrate your key strengths and create concise, compelling stories. These stories -- featuring you in the role of
hero -- are crucial to proving your fit for the job and building rapport with your interviewer. There's a trick to doing it well, but it's a trick that can be learned.
What is Big Interview?
It's the only way to prepare for the interview if you REALLY want the job.
Here's what a mock interview session looks like And Big Interview offers 24/7 online availability so you can learn and practice whenever you’re ready to learn and practice (say, after work, or on your lunch break).
Before Big Interview, interview coaching has traditionally been used only by the highest paid and most ambitious corporate executives. That's because you needed a high-end expert trainer to sit down with you, one-on-one, over a prolonged period of time -- and that costs money.
The good news is now you can have interview training for yourself at prices anybody can afford.
Start using Big Interview now
THE “WHY” AND THE “WHAT”
A breakdown of why interviewers ask the questions they ask, and what they’re looking for in your responses, so you can give the answers that get you hired.
Our prerecorded questioners ask you the EXACT questions you’ll face in interviews, exactly as you’ll see them, so you’re armed, tested, and ready when you do.
ALL THIS AND A BAG OF CHIPS
Fearing the curve balls? Don’t. We’ve collected every interview question you’ve ever HEARD here… and a bunch you haven’t – so you’ll never be caught off guard.
We’ve also included Tips to guide you in crafting powerful answers.
BUILT FOR SUCCESS
Ever get stumped when asked a behavioral question? You know, the ones that start with, “Tell me about a time…”? With Answer Builder, we walk you through the process, and get you making (and using) crazy good behavioral interview question examples.
LET'S GET REAL... AND GET HIRED
There's no substitute for objective analysis. If you feel like you're doing everything right and you're still not getting job offers, you need some honest feedback and some one-on-one guidance.
Likewise, if you're new to interviewing or if it's been a while, you can save yourself a lot of time by getting some expert direction on where to start when it comes to getting in shape for the interview.
The Big Interview Assessment is a comprehensive report based on the feedback of one of our expert coaches. You'll get an honest evaluation of where you're strong and where you're not -- along with detailed instructions on how to improve.
We’ve also included Tips to guide you in crafting powerful answers.
Why You Can Try Big Interview… with Zero Risk
- Use the suite of Big Interview tools
- Watch our tutorial videos
- Hone your interview skills to a razor edge with the practice interviews
- You can even contact our support team if you get stuck (but you won’t get stuck!)
But if you aren’t bowled over… if you aren’t improving your interview skills by leaps and bounds in 30 days, you’re protected by…
100% Zero-Risk Watertight Guarantee
You are absolutely insured by our 100% Zero-Risk Watertight Guarantee. No ifs, ands, or buts. If you don’t sharpen your interview skills in 30 days… if you aren’t well on the road to landing a better job and better pay because of the training you receive here… just tell us so, and we’ll get you your money back right away, no questions asked.
Increase your interviewing skills, abilities, and confidence within the next 30 days… or your money back.try it free for 7 days
Learn Here How Some of Our Clients Are Using Big Interview
- College students, prepare to land competitive internships and first jobs, building that initial confidence needed to ace those first interviews without much experience.
- Professionals who speak English as a second language value Big Interview because it allows them to get comfortable with the phrasing of interview questions and answers in a comfortable environment. This means they can banish nerves and prepare for a more articulate impression in the interview itself.
- Mid-level professionals use Big Interview for switching positions or even entire careers – to make sure they’re ready for the new questions they’ll be facing that they didn’t face at the start of their careers, and the unexpected ones that start to emerge here. Big Interview is particularly useful for those who haven’t interviewed in a while or are out of practice in the art of selling themselves.
- Senior-level executives spend time in the Interview Dojo sharpening their interview skills to make sure they go into their next interview at the absolute top of their game. The competition for top jobs is brutal and senior executives can’t afford to wing it.
We Asked Our Customers What They Like About Big Interview
Here's What They Said:
After several interviews that didn’t pan out, I was struggling to figure out what I was doing wrong. The Big Interview curriculum was a tremendous help. John S, Advertising
I quickly learned what was holding me back and how to fix it including:
- Crafting stronger and more concise interview answers
- Being clearer about “why” I’m excited to work at a company
- Learning about how to improve my body language and eye contact
I didn’t realize all the little things that might have been sabotaging my interviews
Overall, my confidence and comfort level increased and I think it showed in the interview
See How Our Customers Use Our Virtual Mock Interviews
Big Interview was like having my own personal coach. I could basically go through and recreate just about any interview scenario.
Terri A,Customer Service
I was a little apprehensive at first to see myself on my webcam, but seeing and hearing how I was answering questions was extremely valuable
I also liked the convenience of doing the practice on my own timetable, like after getting home in the evening.
It was great to practice the industry and general questions, since not-so-coincidentally those were the ones that actually popped-up during my interview.
Some of Our Customers Have Developed Their Own Strategies for Getting Even More Out of the Mock Interviews
I usually work my way through the General Questions and then start hitting up the industry ones.
I spent a lot of time on the “tell me about yourself” question (which I was having trouble with). I liked be able to share multiple takes of my answers with friends to get additional feedback.
I thought the Interview Roulette was pretty useful since it was always forcing me to get comfortable coming up with answers on the spot.
Discover The Answer Builder
Find out precisely what you should include in your answer to really impress the interview.
Read example answers that will help you craft each facet of your specific answer/story.
These answers to behavioral questions are extremely important, and the Answer Builder takes you by the hand to guide you.
What Makes Big Interview Different from Typical Interview Preparation?
Most people prepare for job interviews by:
- 1) Reading tips from a book
- 2) MAYBE practicing a few questions with a friend
Reading a book is better than nothing. However, most interviewing books are incomplete and/or outdated. Most importantly, reading tips doesn’t automatically translate into applying them. Research has shown that PRACTICE is key to interviewing well.
So why not practice with a friend or family member?
A lot of people feel awkward asking a friend to role play with them and just never get around to doing it (despite knowing that practice is essential).
Besides, most friends don’t know the right questions to ask and can’t/won’t give you candid feedback.
And here’s the biggest problem with practicing with a buddy:
One of the best and most reliable ways to improve is to actually go and SEE where you’re making mistakes, so you can REFINE those mistakes.
In fact, that’s one of the main reasons we built a video recording and playback function into the Practice Interviews in the Interview Dojo… so that as soon as you go through an interview, you can go back and see how you did.
If you practice with Big Interview, you will be preparing more effectively than everybody else competing with you for the job. Why not give yourself the edge?
Interesting Fact: Did You Know That Standard Interview Training Is 100 Times More Expensive (Or MORE) Per Hour Than Big Interview?
Don’t get us wrong, personalized interview training can be great – it’s where all of our experience training people how to get great jobs comes from, after all! And there are some nice perks to learning with an expert in-person.
But from purely an economic standpoint, think about it like this: with one-on-one training, you’re looking at hundreds of dollars an hour… at least.
With Big Interview, if you use all the tools you have available here for giving you unbeatable skills at landing your dream job for a total of even just 20 hours, it works out to $4.85 an hour.
That’s about 100 times less than the standard $500 an hour fees you’ll see for a proven, top-quality interview coach.
And for a whole lot more functionality and availability, too.
Increase your interviewing skills, abilities, and confidence within the next 30 days… or your money back.try it free for 7 days
Big Interview Makes It Easy To Practice and Improve
Do I need any special equipment?
Nope. You can learn by just watching the videos or reading the lessons. If you want to practice with the mock-interviews, then you’ll use a standard webcam and microphone (or microphone alone).
Is there a complicated technical set up?
Nope. We have a couple “Getting Started” videos you can watch as soon as you log in. If you’re using a webcam and mic, it’ll explain how to set things up. Overall, it won’t take you longer than a couple minutes to start recording. It’s all very intuitive.
Is my information secure?
Yep. We use high-level, 128-bit bank-level encryption to protect your data.
Will I be horrified to see and hear myself recorded?
Maybe. But you don’t necessarily need to record yourself if you really don’t want to. Most people aren’t thrilled to see and hear what they sound like when recorded (especially if they’re not used to it).
It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with the way your voice sounds. There’s just a difference in how we sound in “our heads” versus a recording. But don’t worry, everyone gets over it very quickly and you can continue practicing comfortably.
Remember: You’re recording in private, so there’s no one here to judge you.
Some Recent Kudos
Small Schools and Big Universities Alike Trust Big Interview with Preparing Their Students Every Day
Still on the Fence About Big Interview? See What These Customers Are Saying…
I especially liked the Interview Roulette and the ability to record and review my answers.
Being able to spend time practicing answers and understanding how to improve my skills made me much more confident. Overall, such a great tool - will recommend to all!
I immediately set up my user account and tried my hand at the practice interviews. I started with the "10 most common interview questions" and later practiced the interview modules for prospective Supervisors. It was fantastic.
I came to my interview confident and prepared to answer all the questions the Hiring Manager asked of me. I had a great interview. Perhaps the best I've done ever.
BIG interview made a BIG difference!
I really liked the recording & playback functionality, which allowed me to hear my voice and analyze the strength and confidence of my answer.
I also really liked the industry specific interviews (where I practiced with IT and software development questions).
Big Interview really helped me improve my interview skills, how could I not recommend it to others?
I also liked that the interviews get progressively more challenging (where Level 1 the interviewer is friendly and by Level 3 they're a lot tougher).
Overall, I was really well prepared for my next interviews because of Big Interview -- in fact, I was asked the exact questions I'd already practiced.
It really is worth taking the time to go through Big Interview, because it prepares you very well.
They had a lot of resources and sample videos that gave me insight.
Love the Answer Builder, it helped me write out answers to behavorial based questions.
It truly helps you feel more confident for an interview.
I like how I can record myself answering the questions and play back my answers to see how I did. It helped me build my confidence and let me know what I was doing well and what I needed to work on.
I also found that using Big Interview gave me practice with public speaking, improved my communication skills and helped me do a better job analyzing what the job entails.
I am much more prepared for an interview than I was before I started using it.
Ready to ace your next interview?
Great options for just about any budget and situation.
Oh... did we mention your Big Interview subscription includes a
7-Day Free Trial PLUS a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
- 24/7 Access to All Interview Training, Videos & Mock-interviews
- No long-term commitment
- Quickly & Effectivey Improve Your Interview Skills
ADD A BIG INTERVIEW ASSESSMENT
One-time payment for the
Big Interview assessment