Interview preparation for EPSO competitions Rita, Brussels
I had the great chance to get to know Kathy at the time of my preparation for EPSO competitions. A few weeks prior to an assistant competition, I had a bit of a time-constraint with a load of stress as to how to prepare for my interview. Already after the very first session with Kathy, I felt much more confident and self-aware, had abandoned a number of bad, old habits and become more focussed on how to build up a strategy to handle interview questions - whatever they may be like - rather than having pre-set answers and trying to guess specific questions. I have particularly appreciated Kathy's kind, reassuring and very professional approach: she has great interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and excellent understanding of different kinds of personalities along with their individual needs.
One can tell that she has developed a very serious professional background in coaching people, has an excellent understanding of the procedures and professional standards set within the EU institutions, while she also approaches candidates in an encouraging way allowing them to be at their best. After the first positive experience, we have also prepared together for my administrator interview. I can recommend her with confidence to candidates looking for truly professional coaching services and a positive personality.
Management interview preparation, IT sector Valérie, Brussels
J’ai contacté Kathy pour la préparation d’un interview pour un poste de management dans le domaine IT. Kathy m’a beaucoup aidé à préparer et structurer mes réponses aux questions types. Il est clair qu’elle connait très bien tous les rouages du recrutement. Nous avons fait plusieurs simulations d’entretien avec chaque fois des conseils précieux. Nous avons aussi beaucoup parlé de mes doutes, mes atouts et faiblesses.
Kathy m’a énormément aidé à booster ma confiance en moi pour ce poste. J’ai répondu aux questions de manière très convaincante lors de l’entretien qui s’est au final très bien passé. J’ai aussi beaucoup apprécié sa franchise et son sens du détail. Kathy a aussi démontré beaucoup de réactivité et flexibilité pour organiser nos séances de coaching. C’était pour moi une première expérience de coaching que j’ai beaucoup appréciée et que je recommande vivement !
Career change Laura, Brussels
My coaching sessions with Kathy allowed me to step back and think about what really matters to me from a professional and personal standpoint. I had never thought about my values, "energizers'', strengths and skills in such a way. It really made me realize that my future role needs to be more aligned with what matters to me. The process was not easy, as it required that I accept to slow down and be comfortable with uncertainty before finding clarity. I highly recommend Kathy's coaching sessions if you are unhappy in your current role but aren't sure where to start to find the next job that will inspire and fulfil you!
Interview preparation, international development aid Ikram, Brussels Kathy ne m'a pas seulement aidé à améliorer mes performances et préparer mes entretiens en me donnant des outils concrets adaptés à ma personnalité et mes besoins. Très attentive et très positive, elle a su identifier mes atouts et mes faiblesses pour me proposer des techniques concrètes qui ont fait leurs preuves ! Elle m'a aidé à mieux appréhender mes entretiens, identifier et clarifier la manière dont je me présente, initier des discussions sur des sujets professionnels, gérer le stress et bien d'autres points importants pour un candidat ! Je recommande Kathy à toute personne qui cherche un emploi !
Career change Dora, Brussels Kathy is an exceptional coach and I do not hesitate in recommending her. She is highly supportive, creative and diligent in ensuring that you progress in achieving your goals. I worked closely with Kathy when I was looking to find a new role. This was made more challenging as I also hoped to change the sector in which I worked. Through collaboration with Kathy, I identified the types of job which interested me, and am now delighted to have successfully secured my dream position. Kathy was instrumental in this process; she encouraged me throughout and helped me to work through challenges which arose. I really enjoyed working with Kathy and am grateful for all her support!
Job application and interview preparation Chloé, Bruxelles
Kathy possède toutes les qualités que vous souhaitez trouver chez un coach. Elle est expérimentée, brillante, motivante, passionnée, organisée et désireuse de toujours s’améliorer. J'ai eu la chance bénéficier du soutien de Kathy pour me préparer à des entretiens d’embauche. Elle a aussi revu mon CV, mon dossier de candidature et mon compte LinkedIn, vérifiant mon anglais et dispensant ses meilleurs conseils afin de toujours mettre en valeur mes atouts. Que vous soyez dans la région de Bruxelles ou non (merci Zoom 😊), anglophone ou francophone, la meilleure chose que vous puissiez faire pour préparer votre avenir professionnel est de faire confiance à Kathy, elle saura vous challenger et vous encourager.
Interview preparation, EU agency Chris, Brussels Kathy helped me during a quick preparatory session with a good deal of tips for preparing myself for an interview at one of the EU agencies. In a calm and attentive manner, Kathy was very helpful in finding ways to anticipate likely questions and develop my answers in order to meet the required STAR format. Her professional background provides a deep understanding of the EU Institutions and hearing her feedback in English was of real value. Thank you! Just to add - I have been successful in being placed on a reserve list at the agency where I applied. I am really happy with that!
Interview preparation, EU agency Gwen, Alicante
J'ai contacté Kathy pour préparer un entretien à un poste de niveau AST au sein d'une agence européenne, et j'ai été très satisfaite par la qualité de son accompagnement. Kathy m'a appris à reformuler avec une grande clarté les idées et arguments que je cherchais à exprimer. Elle a aussi su me redonner confiance en mettant en avant les atouts de mon expérience professionnelle. Par ailleurs, j'ai beaucoup apprécié sa franchise, qui m'a permis de progresser de façon très efficace. Ensemble nous avons préparé non seulement le fond mais également la forme de l'entretien (posture, présentation physique, attitude, etc.). Grâce à ses conseils professionnels et humains, et aux moments de réflexion que nous avons pu avoir ensemble lors de ma préparation, l'entretien s'est très bien déroulé, et ce dans un climat détendu de dialogue plutôt que d’interrogatoire ! Je remercie Kathy pour la qualité de ses séances de coaching et je n'hésite pas un instant à recommander ses services!
Job search and interview preparation, NGO sector José, Brussels
The coaching sessions were interesting and helped me a lot. At first, I was not sure whether they would have any positive effects .... However, after the four sessions I had, I can say that they were indeed helpful. Working with Kathy helped me to reorganize my resumé, making it clearer and more attractive. I also worked with her on how to write direct and concise cover letters. The job interview preparation sessions were particularly useful, and effectively helped me to get the job I now have. In addition, Kathy was very flexible in organizing the working sessions as well as with their duration. She is a highly recommended professional.
Job search and interview preparation Siobhán, Brussels
Since Kathy and I started working together six months ago, she has been an invaluable resource in my job search. She has provided concrete guidance on all aspects of my search, from the smallest detail (sprucing up cover letters and my CV, improving my LinkedIn profile) to the big picture (defining my career goals, as well as identifying and articulating my strengths). In addition, she has helped me prepare for interviews, from rehearsing practice questions to ensuring that the camera on my computer is angled properly to ensure that I make a great first impression! I think this combination of skills and her holistic ability to guide me in finding a job that is in line with my career goals is extremely rare in a coach. I can’t recommend Kathy highly enough!
Career change Monika, Brussels
I met Kathy to get to know more about coaching as my possible future profession. She gave me many interesting ideas and opened the door to the coaching community. I felt really inspired by her. Kathy is a great listener and a very open, kind person. Being coached by Kathy is like meeting a friend who is there for you to motivate you and give you strength to act.
HR interview preparation, private sector Javier, Brussels Many thanks for the session with you this morning. I really got a better idea on how to express myself and how to position myself during interviews. It was very helpful. My interview afterwards went really well. The HR person asked me slightly different questions, but I still could use the same answers and deliver a good message. He wants to present my profile to the manager and arrange an interview with him for next week.
Preparation for an EU CAST interview Marta, Brussels I contacted Kathy, highly recommended by a former colleague of mine, to prepare for an EU CAST interview. As I did not have much experience with job interviews, I did not know what to expect and how to put forward my skills for what I felt was my ideal job. Kathy immediately understood me, helped me to identify my strengths and my weaknesses and to fully express my motivation. She was always there to listen and advise me on all aspects and doubts I had on how to present myself, from the right posture to the right words to use. After three sessions I felt way more confident and calmer. The interview was a success, not only because I had already trained on most of the questions with Kathy - which helped a lot, but also because I was focused enough to take my time to think and be concise for the more specific/technical ones.
Kathy's support has been crucial to me, to clearly express myself, to prepare on every little aspect of the post and to play my cards at my best. So, if you want a coach with practical interview experience, who can pull out a better version of yourself, give her a call.
Interview preparation, IT project management Kheim, Bruxelles
Kathy m'a bien aidé dans la préparation d'une interview pour un poste de gestion de projets IT. Elle connait bien les dernières tendances dans le domaine du recrutement (interview structurée, STAR, langage corporel, etc..). Kathy s'implique beaucoup dans son rôle de coach en analysant le poste en détail et mon CV avant la séance de coaching. Les simulations d'interview sont un vrai plus pour réussir une interview. Les questions sont pertinentes. Elle donne aussi de bons conseils pour déstresser et être dans de bonnes conditions lors du jour J.
Career coaching and interview practice Alex, Germany
I contacted Kathy at a moment where I was looking for a career change, and I felt I needed help with this important step. By virtue of giving me some valuable tips and through practice, she helped me in my approach to interview questions, in particular with how to give structured and solid answers. Thanks to her coaching, I have a better understanding of what I want professionally, and I am more confidently going after my career goals. The fact that she is also a sensitive and empathic person made the sessions very enjoyable and personally fulfilling.
Interview preparation, EU institution Thomas, Bruxelles
J’ai sollicité Kathy pour préparer un entretien pour un poste de manager au sein des Institutions Européennes. Pas très confiant dans mon anglais, j’avais besoin de me rassurer d’une part et d’obtenir une méthodologie répondant aux attentes des recruteurs d’autre part.
Le travail avec Kathy m’a aidé à préparer et structurer mes réponses mais m’a également permis de prendre confiance en moi et d’aborder l’entretien plus sereinement. Kathy connait très bien les techniques de recrutement, notamment aux Institutions Européennes et n’hésite pas à vous faire part de son expérience. J’ai eu l’occasion de faire plusieurs simulations d’entretien avec chaque fois des points à améliorer. Kathy a su s’adapter à mes besoins et à mon emploi du temps particulièrement compliqué. Petit à petit, j’ai pu construire ma méthodologie et apprendre à structurer mes réponses avec son aide.
Même si je ne suis pas sorti totalement satisfait de mon entretien de sélection, j’ai tout de même eu le poste. Je ne pense pas que j’y serais arrivé sans cette préparation en amont. Aucun regret donc d’avoir fait ces séances de coaching avec Kathy et je recommande vivement l’expérience.
Interview preparation, EU institution Eugenia, Brussels
I contacted Kathy since I was looking for an experienced coach to prepare an interview for a contract agent position for the European Commission. I really liked Kathy's approach in preparing me, aimed at understanding each detail of the job as well as my strengths and weaknesses related to both the profile and the interview. She provided me with precious advice related to many different aspects, all of them very relevant to the interview process. I would definitely recommend her!
Interview preparation, Belgian public sector Siham, Bruxelles
J’ai contacté Kathy pour préparer un entretien pour la fonction publique, où ma motivation et mes compétences allaient être évaluées selon la méthode STAR, méthode que je connaissais à peine.
Kathy est une professionnelle expérimentée, réactive et à l’écoute, mais aussi une personne humaine avec qui collaborer est très agréable. Son analyse de mon CV, de ma lettre de motivation ainsi que de la description du poste avant notre première séance du coaching m’ont fait ressentir son engagement professionnel. J’ai trouvé nos séances très bénéfiques. Kathy m’a aidé à structurer ma présentation et les éléments de ma motivation et, en travaillant différents exemples de mon expérience selon la méthode STAR, je me suis sentie préparée à répondre avec aisance. D’ailleurs, lors de l’entretien, j’ai eu des mises en situation semblables à celles qu’on avait travaillées. Avant d’autres entretiens, j’étais toujours stressée et à cause de cela parfois je n’arrivais pas à répondre correctement aux questions, même si j’avais les capacités requises pour le poste. Cette fois-ci, grâce aux conseils de Kathy, j’avais confiance en moi. Aujourd’hui, je souhaite lui dire merci beaucoup. Aussi, je recommande ses séances de coaching à toute personne qui a besoin d’être aidée comme moi. Je me suis sentie comme si je parlais à un proche qui faisait tout son possible pour m’aider et me motiver.
Career coaching, CV update and interview practice Sandra, Zaventem I came across Kathy’s website a few months ago when looking for a coach based in Brussels. She has provided me with coaching sessions on changing careers, tips on updating my cv and she has supported me with the preparation of an interview for the EU agencies. Kathy has provided me with structured, and invaluable advice in all three areas. She is accommodating, a great listener and a very competent coach. I will not hesitate to consult Kathy when needed throughout my professional career. I highly recommend her services.
Job application for European Commission Lamia, Bruxelles
Kathy Brandt est une personne douce et charmante dotée d'une grande capacité d'écoute et d’un sens relationnel aigu. Elle vous met en confiance dès le premier entretien. Elle m'a aidée à aller au bout de mes idées, à pousser mes limites. Elle s'est investie pleinement dans mon projet de candidature à la Commission européenne et m'a beaucoup encouragée. Merci Kathy pour ces moments précieux d'échange, d'apprentissage et d'écoute. Je la recommande vivement, vous ne serez pas déçu par son professionnalisme.
Career coaching Rossana, Bruges
I strongly recommend Kathy Brandt to anyone who wants to unlock more of his or her career potential, and to anyone in need of a job coach or considering career coaching to further their career. Her firm but gentle guidance, and incredibly valuable advice, were exactly what I needed to get myself back on track. Additionally, I was extremely impressed with the quality of the material she provided. She is highly professional, extremely dedicated, and very good at what she does. She goes above and beyond to make sure you have what you need to get a new job. She delivers over and beyond the scope of career coaching.
CV update and rewrite Lukasz, Brussels
Kathy helped me to build a new, improved CV. Her experience and advice were key during the rewriting process and I am delighted with the result. She has in-depth knowledge of the EU institutions and recruitment procedures as well as excellent writing skills. Apart from being a devoted professional, Kathy is also a very friendly and supportive person and it made our work together a pleasant experience indeed.
Application for management post and interview practice, EU institutions Charlotte H, Brussels
Kathy is a lovely person and was very helpful in editing my motivation letter and CV for my application for a management post. She allowed me to see how they would be perceived in the eyes of the recruiters, which gave me a lot of insight. She also gave me many good tips which substantially improved the final versions of both.
I approached Kathy again for interview practice. She gave some very good advice to prepare for the interview, and she also did some research about the professional domain in which I was applying. In this way, she was able to ask pertinent questions in the two mock interviews we did together. When I went to the actual interview, I was calmer and more confident. The do’s and don’ts in answering interview questions genuinely helped. She has a sharp eye and looks at everything, including advice on the way to dress. I would definitely recommend her. She is great if you know you need to be prepped a bit.
Interview preparation, EU institution Maria, Brussels
My experience with Kathy was very positive.
I received her contact upon recommendation, and while browsing through her website, I immediately felt that her approach and offers would be the perfect fit for what I needed. I very much appreciated her quick response after I first got in touch and her suggestion for a phone call, which gave me an opportunity to get to know her better and to exchange concrete ideas about my personalised coaching.
Kathy was immensely professional and resourceful, positive and kind, flexible and patient! The sessions with her supported me enormously, both while preparing for my interview and at the interview itself. The material she provided before the coaching sessions served as good guidelines, practising my answers to frequently asked questions and receiving her feedback greatly helped me to refine my key messages to convey during the interview, and to understand how to better present myself in general. I can truly recommend working with her, it was a pleasure and I am very thankful for this experience!
Career coaching and interview preparation, EU institutions Olivier, Brussels I contacted Kathy to prepare for a management position. She helped me to better understand the expectations for this type of post, and to identify my strengths and aspects on which I should work further. She helped me to improve my CV and cover letter and to prepare for the interview. She helped to build a strategy to handle interview questions. Our online sessions helped me to gain confidence and self-awareness, and to recognise the arguments I could use to be convincing. This was my first coaching experience, and it was very positive.
Interview preparation, EU institution Maria, Athens
I got in touch with Kathy after some thorough online research. Since I had an important interview ahead, I felt I needed some coaching to improve my performance.
Right from our first conversation on the phone, I knew she was the right person to coach me. We arranged two sessions. Although I had first thought of discussing questions related to my performance at the interview, Kathy created a safe space for me to open up and express my deepest thoughts. So, during our first session the core issue was "why" I wanted to partake in this life-changing interview (as well as questions of self-worth and alternatives in case it didn't turn out in a positive way), and our second session was about "how" to do it. In both sessions it was like hearing a coach and a part of myself at the same time. With her patient and kind approach, I felt I got access to the "toolset" I needed to confidently tackle the interview. The inner smile that appeared in both my heart and mind after each session with Kathy justified my choice.
Interview preparation, IT project management Jean-Marc, Bruxelles
Je n’aurais jamais pu réussir aussi bien mon entretien sans les précieux conseils de Kathy. En seulement deux sessions de dernière minute elle a pu m'apprendre les bases et me préparer. Je recommande vivement à toute personne de prendre contact avec elle avant son entretien.
Interview preparation Virginia, Brussels
I was fascinated to see how Kathy integrates her communication expertise with career coaching and thus takes it to the next level. This is very precious, especially when applying for communications positions with an explicit requirement to speak clearly and precisely on complex topics.
Kathy listened to my interview responses with great empathy and provided honest and valuable feedback on every aspect that influences the perception of interviewers - the choice of words and phrases, the voice tonality, timbre and pitch and emotional cues. The hints and tips that I received are very uplifting beyond the preparation for job interviews.
I strongly recommend Kathy's holistic approach to coaching as it is also a way to see job interviews in the bigger picture of our life journey and this makes all the difference.
Public speaking Núria, Brussels
I first contacted Kathy to help me to prepare for interviews, but since I found a job, I continued with her to improve my public speaking skills and exchange my previous work experiences with her. She gave me tools to feel more prepared in different situations, and I am already putting them into practice. I am very grateful for that. Thank you, Kathy, for your advice, and your willingness to help others.
Interview preparation for Certification procedure, EU institutions Snejana, Brussels
I was coached by Kathy while preparing for my Certification interviews. Thanks to her considerable knowledge of the functioning and culture of the EU institutions, I was able to anticipate likely questions and develop my answers. The coaching sessions were always well-prepared and centred on the areas where I needed to work most. Kathy helped me to become much more confident and aware of my own worth and pushed me outside of my comfort zone, thus helping me to become stronger and more resilient. This was noticed by colleagues and I was complimented by many for the transformation I’ve undergone. We worked on essential elements that would make me stand out during the interview and I felt well prepared for the big day. As a result, I have been selected to follow the certification programme. I am so grateful for your help and kindness dear Kathy!
Interview preparation for Certification procedure, European institutions Daniel, Brussels The board felt that I was very well prepared… thanks a lot! I really enjoyed our preparations and they helped me to be structured and confident.
Job search and interview preparation, Belgian NGO sector Catherine B, Bruxelles J'ai beaucoup aimé ton ouverture et ton attention. Je me suis d'abord sentie accueillie et écoutée et jamais jugée. J'ai apprécié ton engagement. C'était super d'avoir proposé des exercices mais le plus intéressant c'est de m'avoir poussée à approfondir certains points. J'avais besoin de ce moteur, le fait de m'engager envers toi à le faire a été utile. Et le fait que tout soit fait de manière professionnelle et sérieuse pousse aussi à respecter ce qu'on a dit !
C'était vraiment bien de choisir un projet précis et de me pousser à le creuser, à le questionner de manière concrète avec une liste de choses à faire et une échéance. Merci aussi Kathy pour ta franchise, pour ton enthousiasme et pour toute la force et la motivation que tu transmets. Tu m'as vraiment boostée et donné des outils et confiance en moi !
CV review Agata, Brussels
I met Kathy to improve the way I present myself in my CV. It has been a truly useful experience for me professionally, as she gave me a lot of interesting tips and ideas. On top of that, she is a very competent but also friendly coach who easily gains one’s trust.
Career coaching Céline, Bruxelles
Étant au début de ma carrière, Kathy m'a aidé à définir mes valeurs, à déterminer ce que j'aime faire et à mieux me connaître. Kathy est patiente et professionnelle. Son écoute, sa bienveillance et ses encouragements m'ont permis de gagner confiance en moi et de me sentir soutenue. Merci Kathy!
Public speaking Cristina, Brussels
Speaking in public at school had become particularly challenging for me. This is why I decided to contact Kathy, hoping for some tips to improve my speaking performance. Thanks to her advice I managed to gain confidence in my public speaking skills and to change my mindset. Discussing my insecurities and doubts with her was what I found to be the most helpful. Thank you for everything Kathy!
Life coaching Romain, Bruxelles J’ai beaucoup apprécié ton engagement et ton sens de l’écoute, ta capacité à explorer différents domaines qui s’écartent du coaching traditionnel pour m’aider à avancer dans mon parcours mais surtout pour m’aider à me connaître mieux. J’ai également apprécié ta rigueur et ta gentillesse qui m’ont aidé à me sentir soutenu et encadré.
Life coaching Beatrice, UK My coaching sessions with Kathy were very helpful. I have never felt listened to as I did during our conversations. She helped me to set down my thoughts in an organised way that gave them clarity, and then I was able to begin to move forward. Kathy helped me to believe that it was okay to have the thoughts and feelings that I did, even if that meant at times putting my career interests before the needs, wishes or expectations of others. With her encouragement and continued support my self-belief and focus have improved. I am currently involved with research and practical work in which I am fully absorbed and using skills that took a long time to acquire and which had been lying dormant. Thank you, Kathy, for waking up the potential within me. It will be a joy to share with you and others the fruit of this new awakening. I would recommend Kathy to anyone who wishes to reignite their drive to use their skills in order to ultimately share them, and not to leave those skills unused.
Career coaching, Belgian private sector Nicolas D, Kraainem J'ai apprécié le fait de pouvoir parler librement tout en retraçant mon parcours. Cela m'a permis de comprendre comment j’étais arrivé à mon parcours professionnel, et tout ça grâce à Kathy.
Le fait que Kathy nous écoute et essaie de nous guider sans nous influencer, cela m'a permis d'ouvrir de nouvelles portes. Dans mon cas, cela m'a permis de savoir que je désirais au fond de moi recommencer des cours du soir. Kathy m'a transmis sa bonne humeur et surtout de voir plus loin que le bout de mon nez. Vous pouvez y aller les yeux fermés, vous ne le regretterez pas. Un grand MERCI !
Preparation for European Commission internal competition Agnes, Bruxelles Kathy helped me prepare for my internal competition, first for the written application (motivation/talent screener), then later for the oral interview and presentation. Her enthusiasm energised me and her professionalism and in-depth knowledge of the selection procedure greatly helped me to be equipped with the knowledge and mindset needed to succeed in the competition.
Interview preparation for European agencies Rumyana, Brussels The coaching sessions with Kathy have been really helpful and productive. She provided me with valuable advice and professional guidance and was devoted to my interview preparation. I very much appreciate her knowledge, thoroughness, and patience in answering all my questions. Kathy is encouraging and creates an inspiring and motivating atmosphere. I have found her feedback and comprehensive analysis of my performance during the mock interviews very useful. Her rich library of videos, tips and interview preparation tools are excellent.
The conversations with Kathy make me feel more confident in my interaction with a selection panel and I believe I present my competencies in a convincing way. I highly recommend her as an excellent mentor. Thank you, Kathy!