Questions to Ask a Life Coach During an Interview

life coach Oct 25, 2021

Life coaches can be a valuable resource for people looking to change their lives in some way. They have the knowledge and skills to help you achieve your goals, but you must ask them questions during an initial consultation before you hire one. This blog post will provide some questions to ask a potential life coach during your interview so that you know if they are the right fit or not.

Looking for the right life coach to help you

If you decide to avail the services of a life coach, the biggest challenge you will encounter is finding the right one for you. You want to have a good coach work with you, meaning someone who knows what he is doing and has the skills, knowledge, training, and credentials to back up his job title of a life coach. The life coaching industry is extensive, and searching online will return thousands of potential life coaches. Who among them is the best choice for you?

Part of the searching process when looking for a life coach is the initial consultation. Many life coaches will do this consultation for free. This consultation is a good chance for you to ask critical questions that will let you know better the life coach you are speaking to at the other end of the line. The following questions are some of the things you can ask your potential life coach.

1. What is your specialization?

A life coach can specialize in many areas like business, finance, career, relationships, etc. Therefore, it's essential to work with a coach that can help you in the particular area that you need. For example, if you are a business owner, you want a coach knowledgeable in business matters to understand your situation and help you achieve your goals truly.

2. How long are you working as a life coach?

Asking your potential coach how long he is in the business will gauge how much coaching experience he has under his belt. If you are new to coaching, you feel that you can trust more those working as life coaches for several years than those newly minted.

3. What accreditation and credentials do you have?

An important question during the initial consultation is asking your potential coach what credentials he possesses and if he underwent training and accreditation from a professional organization like the International Coaching Federation. This question works for validation purposes as you would have more confidence working with a professionally certified coach and trained for his work. There are many self-proclaimed coaches out there, and you don't want to waste your investment on someone who doesn't know how to be a proper life coach.

4. Why did you become a life coach?

Asking a potential coach why he became a life coach will allow you to dig deeper into the personality of your soon-to-be coach. You can discover if he is authentic and genuinely wants to help other people succeed, or maybe he is someone who became a coach for the money. The reason that a coach can give you will let you figure out if he is someone you will want to work with or not.

5. What type of clients do you work with?

As a potential client, you have the right to be picky about the coach you want to work with, as you don't want to waste your time investing and working together with a wannabe coach. However, coaches can also be picky in choosing the clients they want to work with together. By asking the client preference of your potential coach, you can then be aware if you will be a good fit for your coach or not.

6. How do you do your coaching process?

One of the essential questions to ask a coach is how do they do their coaching with clients. A coach's answer will let you know how a particular coaching session will transpire and what to expect before, during, and after sessions. Also, good coaches use proven systems and methodologies to assess how the client performs in achieving goals. Ask your potential coach if he utilizes any system for coaching.

7. What other skills do you have outside of coaching?

It's good to find a coach that is knowledgeable in one area and other things. The problems you face in your current situation might do with other things, like motivational or personal growth issues. So a coach who knows stuff about personal development outside of his specialization can steer you in the right direction.

8. Have you worked with someone who is currently in the same situation as mine in the past?

This question will let you know if a coach can truly help you because if he helped someone in the past succeed after going through the same situation as yours, chances are he can do the same to you. It's ideal to hire a coach that has the proper experience to deal with your situation.

9. What is your availability in terms of doing sessions?

It's important to ask a coach what's their schedule when doing one-on-one sessions, as this will let you know if your schedule can fit in with your potential coach's schedule. Also, ask them if they allow rescheduling if you are not available for a particular day. Whether they conduct their sessions online or offline, or a mix of both, is also a point of interest.

10. How much do you charge?

Your budget can be the biggest obstacle in getting a good coach because if you found a good coach already but found out that he charges high for his services, you might end up rejecting his offer if your budget is limited. Coaches can charge per hour or session, and some offer monthly packages, which can be cheaper in the long run. Therefore, one of the interview questions you should ask your potential coach is how much they charge for their services.

Should I try life coaching?

The answers that you hear from the initial consultation might dissuade you from continuing with life coaching, but the thing is that it will take several tries before you find the right one. The purpose of the questions is to allow you to sift through many coaches and find the one that will resonate with you. Also, be prepared to answer life-coaching questions from your potential coach, as he will also want to know you better as a potential client. The initial interview allows both parties to sort through each other's personalities and beliefs, hoping that a good match will form afterward. Once you find the right one, the next step would be to engage in proper coaching to overcome your problems and meet your goals.

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