I provide advice on a variety of topics including interviewing, management, organizational structure, and career development. If the below doesn't suit your needs, feel free to email me at dave@scarletink.com to explain your situation. Happy to be flexible. It's one of the benefits of working for yourself.

Interview Practice / Bar Raiser Preparation

An interview prep session is usually a 90-minute video call.

  1. I prepare questions which are appropriate to your planned position and level. Note: These will be behavioral questions, not technical questions.
  2. I start by giving context on the process, both the practice process, and the real interview.
  3. During the first approximately 60 minutes of our video call, I conduct as standard length interview as if I was the bar raiser. I can't predict what questions will be asked in your actual interview, but practicing answering behavioral questions is valuable for getting through a loop.
  4. I occasionally pause the interview to provide advice or corrections on the answers you're giving to ensure you have time to practice.
  5. We spend the final approximately 30 minutes (the remainder of our time) with a detailed discussion of how you answered the questions and my general feedback. I will provide general recommendations on the interview process, and suggestions for how to be successful. You will also have a chance to ask any questions you might have.
  6. (New!) If (When!) you get an offer, and if you'd like negotiation advice, I'll be available via email (usually responding within 24 hours). I can provide advice on how to approach the process, and how to make counter-offers. No guarantees for results! I just love helping people get paid what they're worth.

Price: $750 per session for a 90-minute session, or $550 for a shorter 60-minute session.

Process:

  1. If you have any questions, before signing up, I'd suggest emailing me at dave@scarletink.com to get answers.
  2. Preferably before signing up for a session, and absolutely before attending a session, I'd recommend that you read my interviewing articles. It will give you a head start on what to expect, and how to prepare.
  3. For a 90-minute session, you can view my availability and sign up here.
  4. If you would like a shorter session, you can view my availability and sign up here.
  5. Put as much information into the Calendly invite as possible, so that I can prepare.
  6. I recommend that you aim for 1-3 days before your interview to ensure the feedback is fresh in your mind when you interview.

Personal Mentorship / Coaching

Conducted over Zoom, we have a single hour-long meeting, or recurring meeting series on the topic(s) of your choice. Seth Godin wrote an interesting article recently on the importance of having a coach.

A few examples of what we could discuss:

  • Promotion and growth coaching - We discuss your current position, the steps you've taken, and what comes next. I've gone through the promotion process at Amazon for many employees, and written my own promotion documents 3 times. I'm comfortable and excited to help others with the process and steps.
  • Career goals or changes - We discuss what you want to do, what interests you, and how you might move your career in the right direction. At Amazon I moved between Payments, Marketplace, AWS, Devices, and Games. I went from a line manager, to a group manager, to a general manager. I'm familiar with changing positions, changing direction, and changing focus.
  • General mentorship - Mentorship and general leadership advice. You bring the topics, and we talk through them.

Price: $500 per hour, or $350 for a 30-minute session.

Process:

  1. If you have any questions, before signing up, I'd suggest emailing me at dave@scarletink.com to get answers.
  2. For a 60-minute session, you can view my availability and sign up here.
  3. If you would like a shorter 30-minute session, you can view my availability and sign up here.
  4. If you'd like, put an agenda or summary into the Calendly invitation so that I'm aware of your planned topic.

Corporate Education / Development

Conducted over your corporate chat program (Zoom, Chime, Teams, etc).

  • Complete interviewing training - I give an interactive presentation on interview preparation including competency assignments, preparing questions, conducting the interview, taking notes, debriefing, and making high quality decisions. This optionally includes private 1:1 time for employees to practice their skills.
  • Management training - Team building training, career management training.
  • General consultation - We discuss any leadership topic, such as organizational structure changes, recruiting challenges, or leadership development program creation.

Price: TBD - we can discuss.

Process: If you are interested in learning more, email me at dave@scarletink.com