Contact

Melanie Luteijn FCIPD

​Tel: 01684 275516

Mobile: 07724 091032

info@gofurthergoals.co.uk

Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire & beyond

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Pupillage Interview Techniques

Securing a pupillage is challenging in a fiercely competitive environment with a high number of applicants. Therefore, the goal is to maximise your chances of success throughout the application process. First you must hone your applications to help you survive the rigorous 'paper sift' and gain an invite to interview. Second, you must prepare for the interview(s) to optimise the precious opportunity to secure pupillage.

The Pupillage Interview Techniques programme will help you to review your applications and prepare for pupillage interviews. Mock interviews utilising questions often faced by candidates followed by constructive feedback will help develop your resilience to robust questioning. Exposure to questioning with the addition of astute HR insights will help to hone your interview skills so that you may present yourself with clarity, conviction and confidence.

 

Through flexible and tailored individual coaching sessions I provide application form guidance and interview skills preparation to suit your needs as a prospective pupil barrister.  The sessions are conducted by video calls with phone and email support enabling me to assist prospective pupil barristers nationwide.

 

Scroll down to see the latest client testimonials.

Benefits of Pupillage Interview Techniques

Project your best self through your non verbal behaviours and voice

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Develop concise and reasonsed answers

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Sharpen your ability to think on your feet and speak fluently

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Develop resilience and retain focus

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Speak with clarity, conviction and confidence

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Enhance your personal development

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Packages

Contact me for a free 30 minute telephone consultation to discuss your needs

 
Bronze - ideal for first round interviews
2 hours | 3 options | £99

REVIEW OF THE APPLICATION

60 minutes review of content - clear, logical, convincing, best examples for evidence?

Proof reading - grammar, spelling

60 minutes feedback provided plus discussion of amendments

Preparation of application

Review of application/proof reading and content

Extra practice questions and development of answers

Mock interview - to hone interview skills

Feedback - content and delivery of answers - logic and clarity

Feedback - Projection of self - non verbal behaviours and voice

Silver - ideal for second round interviews
5 hours | £199
(divided into appropriate time slots)

Preparation of applications

Review of applications/proof reading and content

Extra practice questions and development of answers

Multiple mock interviews -  to hone interview skills 

Feedback - content and delivery of answers - logic and clarity

Feedback - Projection of self - non verbal behaviours and voice

Gold - ideal for first and second round interviews
8 hours | £299*
(divided into appropriate time slots)
*Additional option with this level - 30 minute mock interview with a Junior Civil or Criminal barrister can be arranged for an additional fee of £100
"My application is better today because of the help I received from Melanie."

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Common Law

2019

“My application is better today because of the help I received from Melanie. The first step in obtaining pupillage, is to have a well drafted application: Melanie made that possible. Melanie, you have been an invaluable help to me, in preparing my application. Your feedback was always valuable and your quality was telling. I will be back for more coaching, this time for the interviews!”

"Go Further Goals should be any candidates’ first port of call to give themselves the best chance…"

Pupil Barrister - Family Law

2019

“I can’t thank Melanie enough for her help in preparing me for what was eventually a successful first attempt at securing pupillage. For such a demanding process, the advice and practice provided through mock interviews was invaluable in helping to finesse my technique and preparation. Go Further Goals should be any candidates’ first port of call to give themselves the best chance of falling on the right side of a decision which inevitably relies on fine margins. Thank you Melanie!”

"I would recommend her to anyone who is soon to be interviewing for pupillage."

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Public Law 2019

“Working with Melanie prior to my pupillage interviews helped my confidence beyond measure. She provides a thorough service by delving into the details of your potential Chambers and comes up with creative ideas to show you in the best possible light from that Chambers’ viewpoint. I would recommend her to anyone who is soon to be interviewing for pupillage.”

"I doubt I would have had three pupillage offers this year without..."

Pupil Barrister - Common Law

2019

“Thanks to Melanie's first and second round mock interviews, I felt confident and well prepared for my pupillage interviews. I doubt I would have had three pupillage offers this year without taking the time to do a couple of practice interviews, so thank you!

"I felt more confident and ready for my upcoming interviews after my session with Melanie."

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Public Law

2019

“I found my mock interview session with Melanie very useful and comprehensive. We went through different types of questions that may come up in pupillage interviews, ranging from competency-based questions to ethical issues and current events. Melanie is a good and careful listener - she gave me thoughtful feedback on all of my answers. I felt more confident and ready for my upcoming interviews after my session with Melanie.”

"I felt that I would have been doing myself a disservice by not working with Melanie; and I was right!"

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Criminal Law

2019

“Melanie was amazing in my pupillage interview preparation. After Melanie’s input, I knew I’d given myself the best shot of performing to my best in the interview. Having read the testimonials and been referred by a friend, I felt that I would have been doing myself a disservice by not working with Melanie; and I was right! I have built on my confidence, established answers to key questions and have a better understanding of what I have to offer a panel. I highly recommend Melanie to all hopeful future pupils.”

"Melanie’s experience was immediately apparent and she provided really practical advice that immediately improved my performance."

Pupil Barrister - Common Law

2019

I am very happy to say that after three years of applying for Pupillage, I was finally successful this year. I genuinely feel that Melanie’s support and advice in the mock interview sessions gave me the confidence I needed, not only to sell myself more effectively but also to identify and resolve the issues that had obviously let me down in the past. In previous mock interviews, I have felt quite uncomfortable and slightly embarrassed; this was far from the case in my sessions with Melanie. I felt like I could be completely honest, which enabled me to really make the most of the time we worked together. 

 

Melanie’s experience was immediately apparent and she provided really practical advice that immediately improved my performance. She directed me to numerous articles and online research that were also extremely useful in my preparation for interview. It was a pleasure to tell Melanie the good news and her response showed how heavily she invests in her clients. I only wish I had been recommended to Melanie 3 years’ ago!

"I know sessions with Melanie made the difference for me this year and would recommend her sessions to any prospective pupil whether it is their first year of applying or fifth."

Pupil Barrister - Common Law

2019

“This was my fourth year of applying for pupillage and, after a couple of poor interview results, I was losing hope - Melanie was able to give me back the confidence I needed to walk into my subsequent interviews and obtain my pupillage. She gives excellent, informed advice, and went above and beyond to fit me into her schedule and prepare questions for individual interviews so that I took the most out of each session. Her support was invaluable and her positive attitude made the sessions not only useful, but enjoyable. I know sessions with Melanie made the difference for me this year and would recommend her sessions to any prospective pupil whether it is their first year of applying or fifth.”

"Her support and insight has been exceptional"

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Family Law

2019

“If you come across Melanie at Go Further Goals then you have discovered hidden treasure. Her support and insight has been exceptional. At first glance of Go Further Goals website, I questioned the ethics of paying to get a head start. But this is not a service aimed for the privileged, and it is surprisingly affordable for those of you who, like me, are determined to make it. Don’t expect a series of ‘cut and paste’ answers to make your life easier in the short-term. Far better is Melanie’s extraordinary ability to draw out your strengths, and her insight into the varied cultures and requirements of different chambers.”

"...an invaluable help to me preparing for interviews"

Pupil Barrister - Common Law

2019

“Melanie has been an invaluable help to me preparing for interviews. Her flexible approach to providing this support meant I could tailor my sessions to exactly those areas where I felt least confident, her insights and feedback have been enormously helpful in preparing for the real thing, and she has a genuine interest in hearing how you progress. I have already recommended her to others, and I plan to again to anyone who will listen!”

"I do know with Melanie’s support, emotionally and practically, I will have given it my best shot"

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Family Law

2019

“The apprehension of entering the quagmire of pupillage applications this year has been palpable especially as it is my last shot, following a gap in the application process due to a bereavement....I have no idea whether I will succeed, however, I do know that with Melanie’s support, emotionally and practically, I will have given it my best shot.”

"...extremely helpful throughout the pupillage interview process."

Prospective Pupil Barrister - Criminal Law

2019

“Melanie's services have been extremely helpful throughout the pupillage interview process. Her mock interview sessions significantly helped my interview preparation. I am certain that with her support I will be able to secure pupillage.”

"constructive feedback as well as techniques for dealing with the pressure of pupillage interviews"

Junior tenant in a commercial chambers

2018

“Melanie’s coaching was invaluable during my pupillage interview preparation. She conducted a number of mock first and second-round interviews and provided constructive feedback as well as techniques for dealing with the pressure of pupillage interviews. I would highly recommend Melanie’s training to prospective pupils so that they can attend chambers’ interviews with confidence and poise that comes from comprehensive and professional HR preparation.”

"invaluable to my post-interview success"

Junior Criminal Barrister

2018

“Thanks to Melanie's structured interview preparation session and feedback, I was confident, concise and well prepared for my scholarship interview. This was invaluable to my post-interview success”

"instrumental to my success"

Junior tenant in a commercial chambers

2018

“Melanie’s Skype sessions were instrumental to my success in pupillage interviews.”

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