Comments from companies are listed first – scroll down for comments from individuals
Small but growing private company
We’re a successful start-up company which has now grown to the point where we need some HR support, but not so much that we can justify the expense of a full-time HR Manager. I searched for a HR consultant both on the web and through recommendation and then whittled it down to a final three to interview. The management team chose Judith – she wasn’t the cheapest but we liked her approach. We initially contracted her for a one-off project, but were so pleased with her work that we now use her regularly for all our staffing issues.
Small retail business
I own a number of small retail outlets and initially contacted Judith for help with employment contracts and job descriptions after she was recommended to me. I was pleased with her support and now use her regularly to help me manage all staffing issues. I like the convenience of being able to ring someone for advice on particular situations. I also appreciate her quick response – she can draft documents and emails quickly which enables me to manage my business efficiently. It’s like having a HR Manager, but without the need for office space or the cost of a salary – I just pay for the actual hours worked when I ask for something to be done.
I was pleased with the investigation that Judith carried out for me into serious allegations at a senior level. Her report was a really clear, thorough and efficiently delivered piece of work. Costings were clear from the outset and she delivered the work quickly, being flexible around availability of witnesses. I would be happy to use her again should the need arise.
Very small employer
We only have a handful of employees so one case of sickness was a big issue for us, with significant implications for the employee and the organisation as a whole. Judith advised on how we could approach it and wrote all the letters and handled the meetings for us so we were confident it was fair and legal. We were able to find a good solution to the situation with only 2 days of paid HR time.
We asked Judith to help us with HR policies. She talked to us first about how our staffing practices worked so that she could tailor the documents to suit our small organisation. We were pleased with her approach and the resulting policies, which were easy to understand and set out clearly how we should deal with things. We thought she was good value for money, which was important for us as a charity, and easy to work with.
Chair of Trustees
We asked Judith to conduct an investigation into allegations against an employee which could potentially lead to a disciplinary. We wanted someone who was genuinely independent and objective. She interviewed 5 people, prepared their witness statements and drafted a comprehensive report very quickly. This meant we could move forward without delay. She came back to present the case at the disciplinary hearing and the decision making manager said she set it out so clearly that it was easy to make a decision. We were pleased with the speed and quality of her work and would recommend her.
Head of HR
Public sector organisation
Judith supported a management restructure – writing the consultation documents, new job descriptions and answering employment law queries. She completed all the work by phone and email which was both efficient (quick response) and kept costs down (no mileage claims). She came recommended and we were extremely pleased with the quality of the service she provided.
I chose to use Judith as an external and independent person to do mediation between two employees. She met with them separately and helped them prepare, then facilitated a joint session. The process was very successful and the issue was resolved, with both members of staff giving positive feedback on her approach and on how they felt they had benefited from the experience.
Head of HR & Facilities Management
We brought Judith in to conduct an investigation into allegations of bullying. We felt we needed someone external and independent to do that. She interviewed 13 members of staff and produced signed statements in a consistent format. She then wrote a comprehensive report which summarised the situation, evaluated whether the alleged behaviours constituted bullying, compiled the evidence under appropriate headings, assessed the credibility of the witnesses, put forward options for resolving the situation and made recommendations as the investigator. We particularly valued the fact that all this was done within a week which enabled us to take prompt action.
Head of HR
National membership organisation
Judith was recommended to us and I commissioned her to review the results of a membership survey and draft a document to give advice on best practice on employment practices across a range of issues. She was very thorough and her written work was clear and accurate. She took the time to understand our members’ work and ensure that the advice she produced was appropriate. The comprehensive document was approved by our Professional Standards Committee and is now published to our members.
Deputy Chief Executive
Although I have a HR team, we are quite limited in our time and resource which is why I needed to bring in someone external for our mandatory training project. I chose Judith because I had worked with her before and knew that she was reliable, conscientious and had high standards. I wanted someone who would come across as credible and professional to our senior managers and I was confident that Judith would do that. She interviewed key staff, identified mandatory training needs, produced a spreadsheet applying the courses to each post, drafted a report for the management team and guidance notes for the staff. It was all done quickly and conveniently and the Chief Executive was pleased with the results.
I was struggling to find the time to complete a workforce development plan, so I booked Judith to put one together for me. She reviewed best practice, read through documentation about our organisation, and produced a 29 page high quality bespoke plan covering all aspects and including graphics. It enabled me to meet my deadline and was a quick and cost effective solution.
Head of Personnel
Individual: Interview coaching
I found Judith online and booked her to do interview coaching with my son who was about to graduate from the University of Surrey. He had a brilliant academic record and was easily getting interviews with top firms, but despite many attempts couldn’t secure a job offer. The main problem was issues with his communication. Judith made a huge difference to both his communication and his confidence and after a couple of sessions with her he attended two more interviews and was offered both jobs. I would highly recommend Judith – she is worth every penny.
Individual: Skype interview coaching
I chatted with Judith on Skype to get a feel for how she worked first, then booked a session. She helped me prepare for the sort of questions that would come up and gave me honest feedback about how I performed in the mock interview and how I could improve. I went into the real interview feeling confident and got the job. The Director said that I interviewed brilliantly and the panel couldn’t fault me in any aspect!
Individual: Lost confidence with interviews
The coaching session with Judith was really helpful. Getting honest feedback meant I knew why I had been missing out before and where I could improve. She helped me prepare strong answers ready for my next interview. She built my confidence and helped me to believe in myself again. I got the job.
Individual : Job search
I would really recommend Judith for help with job search. She helped me put together a CV to apply for a job and I got an interview. She then coached me to prepare for the interview and I performed well and got the job offer! It was definitely worth getting her support.
Individual : Redundancy
I was facing redundancy after 9 years with the same company. I used Judith to write my CV and application letter for a new job and secured an interview. I then had coaching with her to prepare for the interview, learnt how to give really strong answers to questions and went in feeling confident. I got the job, which was on a higher salary, so the money I spent on support from Judith was a good investment. I’ve recommended her to colleagues who are also affected by the redundancies.
Individual : Change of career
I wanted to move into a different career. Judith helped me identify transferable skills from my old type of work and put together an application for a new job. I got an interview, so I went back to Judith for interview coaching. She wrote interview questions based on the job description I showed her and helped me prepare good answers to them. We then had several practice interviews, with her giving me feedback each time. I felt really prepared and confident when I went for the real interview and was delighted when I got the job.
Individual : Returning after career break
After a ten year career break, I approached Judith for help with a couple of interviews I had coming up. She helped me to identify my skills and experience and find my voice again, which gave me much more confidence going into the interviews. I am delighted to say that with her help I was offered one of the positions within ten days. Judith’s coaching was absolutely invaluable and I am looking forward to returning to work doing something I love!
Individual : Getting job offers
Judith I can’t tell you how much our session helped me. Not only have I been offered two jobs in the space of a week (where before I seemed unable to secure any offers at all), but I also feel so much more confident in my overall employability. I cannot speak highly enough of your kind guidance and your thorough approach.
Individual : Banging head against brick wall
After too many fruitless interviews, it seemed that text book answers don’t really help. What I wanted was a brick wall to bang my head against very hard, but what I needed was someone who could show me where I was going wrong! So I searched the Internet for one-to-one coaching: I came across Judith’s website, offering the kind of help I needed and her prices looked reasonable. It was a long drive away, but it turned out be worth the journey. We did a session of interview coaching, she helped me with my CV, and afterwards she supplied me with strong answers to the sort of questions I’d been struggling with. Armed with this and some welcome encouragement, I got a job offer after my VERY NEXT interview. It’s close to home, the salary is good and I get to learn new skills.
Peter, Welwyn Garden City
Individual : Preparing for senior role
Thanks again for your help Judith! I’m through to the second round of the process for this very senior role and one panel member said I did a brilliant interview. Having a mock interview with honest feedback really helped by showing me where I could improve my performance.
Individual : Nervous returner
I took a career break and when I came back to applying for jobs found that I had lost my confidence. The coaching with Judith helped me manage my nerves and feel ready to tackle interviews. I’ve already had one job offer and some very positive feedback from another interview which suggests another offer could be on its way. The coaching made a big difference. I would recommend Judith, she is amazing and has been so helpful, understanding and professional throughout this process.
Individual : Struggling with non-technical questions
Thanks a lot for the new job! As an engineer I struggled with non-technical interview questions and I was terrified by them. Judith helped me understand how they work and what is their purpose. We devised strategies to handle them and we practiced together. The results have been amazing, and it is also thanks to her that I have been able to manage an important career transition.
Individual: Preparing for job interviews
I’d been with the same employer for 9 years. When the time came to move on, I felt a bit out of practice with interviews. I went to Judith for interview coaching because I knew she had helped other people. I had two job interviews and I did a practice interview with Judith for each one. She seemed to know what questions I would be asked, so when I did the actual interviews it was much easier as I knew what to say and felt confident. I definitely performed well because I was offered both jobs! The coaching made all the difference and I have already recommended Judith to two friends.
Individual: Lots of interviews, no offers
I kept getting interviews, but no offers, and was starting to feel despondent. I was thinking since English is not my first language maybe this was the reason I wasn’t being hired – even though my English is excellent. I was offered another interview for a job I really wanted, so I looked online and found Judith. I had a coaching session with her only the day before my interview, but that was enough to make a big difference. She could immediately see where I was going wrong and helped me fix it. I felt confident and well prepared for the interview the next day and was offered the job that evening. I’m so pleased I booked a session!
Individual: Struggling with nerves
I had interview coaching with Judith by Skype to prepare for a role I really wanted. It made a huge difference to my nerves – which were a big problem initially. I actually felt confident in the real interview and performed well. I also knew exactly what to say because all the questions we had practised came up. I’ve just been asked back to a final interview with one other candidate and hope to be offered the job.
Individual: Coaching for job interviews
There was a job I really wanted and Judith was recommended to me for interview coaching. Even though she’s in the UK and I’m in Australia, we managed it by Skype. She helped me prepare for the initial interview and think about what questions I would be asked. I had another session with her to get ready for the final stage interview and have just got the job offer. The coaching definitely made a difference.
Individual: Good investment
I’d just like to say a huge thank you Judith for your help with preparation for my recent interview. It was successful and I am due to start with them at the end of this month. I could not have done this without your assistance, which made me think about voice and answers and overall presentation. It was well worth investing in a preparation session with you.
Individual: Graduate first job
When finishing up my degree and applying for jobs, I was getting responses, but never got past the interview stages. Then my parents introduced me to Judith and after a few sessions with her, my next two applications both offered me a role! And after my first job didn’t work out due to personal reasons, with another session with her, my next interview offered me a job on the spot! Perfect for any recent graduates and for building confidence in interviews. Thanks heaps, Judith!
Individual: Confidence building
After four years in the same role, I was ready for a change and started job hunting. I struggled with applying for jobs and my nerves tampered with my interview performance. Judith addressed all my concerns and gave me a strong insight into my strengths and weaknesses when interviewing. Judith tailored a mock interview for me based on the roles I was applying for and I learnt how to answer a wide variety of questions. I feel much more confident about my next interview and I have Judith to thank for that.
Individual: Multiple job offers
Judith redesigned my CV, which captured the attention of a number of leading employers, securing me interviews and job offers. I also benefitted from the interview coaching which Judith provided. Her professional, strategic approach helped me during the whole process. I would certainly use her again.
Individual: Building confidence for an interview
Judith was easy to talk to and quickly put my mind at ease about the interview process. She really helped to build my confidence through doing a mock interview and providing me with feedback about aspects that I did well on and those that I could improve. I would definitely recommend her.
Individual: Returning from a career break
I’d taken a break from work to have a family and it had been a long time since I’d done a job application. I wasn’t sure what information to include, plus English is not my first language and I wanted to get it right. She helped me to view my achievements and tailor my CV according to the jobs I was applying for. Her advice was spot on preparing for the interviews and it gave me confidence that I was really giving myself the best chance of success with my job applications.
Individual: Seeking promotion
I wanted to earn more money, but didn’t really enjoy being a manager, which seemed to be part of most jobs with better pay. Judith searched on various job sites and identified a number of jobs for me to consider. I chose two and she wrote CVs and applications for me, explaining to me why she had presented the information in the way she had. I got interviews for both jobs.
Individual : Making my passion my career
I realised that I no longer enjoyed the type of work I had been doing for 10 years and wanted to make a career of an interest I pursued in my spare time, which I loved. I went to Judith for help with making the move and finding a way of presenting it on a CV. She designed a suitable CV for me and gave me advice on what sort of roles might suit me, where I could look for these and how to get the most from recruitment agencies. I’m really excited about making the move.
Individual : Changing career
I would like to thank Judith for the time she spent interview coaching me. I found it really helpful, especially the notes she provides afterwards. I’ve now got a new job which is much more in line with what I want to be doing. The coaching was invaluable. I would certainly recommend Judith to anyone seeking a new role or guidance on interviews.
Individual: Giving a focus to my CV
After a struggle with dyslexia, I left school and took a number of different jobs before finally going to university as a mature student and graduating with a History degree – which was an amazing achievement. Judith helped me to streamline my CV and give it a focus, as it was quite varied and did not point towards any one particular type of career. She wrote my first application for me and I got an interview straight away!
Individual: first job after graduating
As a recent graduate applying for highly competitive training contracts in the City, I felt it was worth investing in some interview coaching to get prepared for an assessment day. I spent 2 hours with Judith and we went through a thorough process of a mock interview tailored to a specific interview I had coming up, followed by feedback on how I came across and discuss of how I could make some of my answers stronger. I went away with a stack of useful notes and felt more confident in the actual interview as a result.
Individual: interview coaching for confidence
I would like to say a big thank you to Judith for taking the time to help me gain confidence and fluidity in interviews. The coaching was hugely beneficial. Following the preparation session I went through a very competitive assessment process for the job I wanted, including 3 interviews, before being offered the role which I gladly accepted.
Individual: interview coaching for law training contract
Thank you so much Judith for your interview help last week. The material you gave me was very useful and I went into the interview feeling much more prepared and confident. I am very pleased to let you know that I have been offered a training contract with one of my first choice firms! I am absolutely delighted with this offer. The feedback I received was all positive. They commented on how I answered their questions with confidence and accuracy, which was definitely helped by practicing with you and the answers you sent me.
Individual: preparing for competency based interview
I had a session with Judith to prepare for an interview. I particularly wanted guidance on how to respond well to competency based questions. We went through a list of questions and she helped me devise strong answers to each one. I then felt more confident about what to say in the interview. I was offered the job shortly afterwards so it was well worth spending the time with Judith.