Just received word that I have passed the Phase 3 Interview. I am so beyond relieved and happy. You really helped me become confident in the way I spoke my stories. All I thought about when the questions were asked to me was what factor and what story can I use for this factor. Preparing my stories and knowing how I could morph the same story to a different factor made me feel more prepared than I thought I would be. I walked in there as confident as I could be and knew I left It all on the table for them to get to know the real me. I had the interviewers laughing at some points because I was authentically myself and most definitely not perfect. Sometimes I had to take a minute and think but that was okay! Thank you so beyond much for your help I couldn’t have done it without all of our engaging and fun phone calls! Wishing you all the best.


“Boost Your Interview IQ” by Carole Martin provides you with the essential skills and techniques you need to apply in any real life interviewing scenario. If you are truly interested in exploring the fundamentals and learning the essentials of job interviewing, then this book will be an important guide.

Before I read Carole Martin’s book, I must admit that I was lost when it came to interviews. As a young lawyer with three years of experience in my field, I truly thought that I knew everything it took to effectively express myself and market my skills to a potential employer. I had conducted countless client interviews myself, and so I thought I had most question and answer techniques down to a science. But when I flunked my first major interview for a dream job with a prestigious employer, I realized that I needed help from an expert. In hindsight, I wish I had sought out this information earlier.  Perhaps because I was too accustomed to being sought out by others as an expert in my own field of law that I did not realize I needed an expert’s advice on basic interview techniques. 

I am thankful that I contacted Carole Martin and found her book “Boost Your Interview IQ.”  I feel that I have begun the journey towards interview success. In my opinion, learning real life interview techniques should not be about “gimmicks” or “tricks”.  Instead, Carole Martin provides a wide-range of examples that point you in the right direction.  You will learn through a question and answer technique designed by Carole that will give you a thorough understanding of the basics.  Reading this book is the beginning of a journey that will equip you with the essentials of interviewing.  So if you are curious about how to interview, then I recommend you read this book first.  The rest is up to you!

2022 2ND TIME PHASE II Clients

A second-timer for the Phase II interview

Hey Carole,

I had the FBI Phase II interview last Thursday and I heard yesterday that I passed!

I think the skills learned by working with you definitely improved my odds.

I felt far more confident going into this panel interview than I did the first time around. I had to morph one story and had to come up with one other story on the fly. They mentioned I cannot give specifics around what I was asked, but I will say your tip to prepare a story about working in a diverse setting did help dig me out of a hole. 

I was somewhat worried when I walked out of the interview as I had a couple stories prepared that Ithought were important stories about me that I did not have a great opportunity to share, but I guess they heard enough to push me through. 


I just got my results.
I passed!
100% I know it’s because of our sessions together. I can’t thank you enough.

I know it was a little touch and go with me for a while, but your tough love and insights really helped me succeed this time around.

I am so happy that I purchased the coaching. Again, thank you so much for all your help. 


A book recommendation – quiz book  – to teach you how to write a good “behavioral story.” 

You can purchase on Amazon.

Boost Your Interview IQ – Second Edition (white cover – published – 2012) – for a quick brush up on Behavioral Interviewing as well as other questions. It’s a quiz and you determine which is the strongest answer.


Many people call me after the first attempt at the Phase II interview, and
are almost “ashamed” that they FAILED!

First of all, it is not a FAILURE in the true sense of the word –
they just didn’t PASS.

I have read that the “pass rate” is quite low.

Why does this happen? Two reasons in particular that I can see.

1. They fail to be “themselves” (written on the FBI website)
2. They fail to prepare because they don’t know what to prepare.
Having “stories” prepared is the secret.