Communication Skills, Future Of Training, Professional Development

Interview Training Courses vs Free Online Tutorials [Comparison]

Table of Contents


  1. Why interview training is important 
  2. Benefits of interview training vs free online tutorials
  3. Some examples from the course
  4. The verdict

You want to get an edge in your career and develop more leadership impact. You want to feel more confident, capable and competent in a very uncertain and pressured business world. Most of all, you want training to happen easily and smoothly without cutting into your busy schedule—especially when it comes to job interview training.

A lot of busy candidates would turn to YouTube for interview tips and training. And sure, why not? There’s a huge amount of free content available from specialists, trainers and facilitators from all over the world. There’s also a lot of mediocre, unengaging, even unhelpful content available. Do you really have time to be sifting through it?

Time is the first real barrier when it comes to finding good quality business communication training online. It’s the first reason why you might choose instead to invest in a highly recommended online course like our Job Interview Training. But it’s not the only one. In this article, we’ll compare our online interview training with freely available content on YouTube so you can decide for yourself which is worth your time.

Why interview training is important

First, let’s look at why interview training is important.

COVID-19 has caused major unemployment across the globe and is projected to go as high as 12% should a second pandemic wave hit. A jobs recovery in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries is not expected until after 2021.

After a year of record unemployment, Australia is home to a highly competitive job market. Compared to the start of 2020, by the end of last year competition for jobs had doubled, rising from approximately 20 to nearly 40 applications per job.

There are twice as many great candidates competing with you. You cannot afford to leave anything to chance.

From the recruiter’s point of view too, things have gotten harder; it’s tougher to distinguish between so many good applicants, so the interview process is becoming more rigorous to shortlist and select the right person for each role.

Now is the time to level up your interview preparation, confidence and communication skills, to make sure your application is too good to ignore.

Benefits of interview training vs free online tutorials

CJM Interview Training

YouTube / Free Online Content

Throughout the course, we set tasks for you to put your learnings into practice.


We provide a customisable CV that can easily be tailored to any job.

We provide a cover letter that can be modified and used whenever required.

We provide you with a document and the know-how to easily demonstrate your existing competency and provide clear examples of your results.


Storytelling is key to illustrating your achievements in a memorable way. By the end of our training, you’ll have an inventory of useful stories to use whenever you need.


Gain access to an online forum of your peers to check in and support each other’s learning.


Go at your own pace. Start, pause and complete modules whenever you want.

Login to your CJM portal to find out at a glance exactly where you’re up to in your training, what assessments are due & more.


At the start of the course, we ask a quick series of questions to get an understanding of your current skill level and the areas you would like to work on.


We provide you with practice video and audio files for you to reuse for further development.


You’ll receive your own tailored thank you letter to use when requesting feedback on your interview and expressing continued interest.


You might be able to find some of these tools or training elements online for free, but nowhere can you get all of them tailored to you and available in one place for easy access.

Some examples from the course 

At The Colin James Method®, before we even begin the interview training, we invite self-reflection by asking a series of questions to find out where you’re at, who your mentors are, and what measures you can put in place to ensure you achieve your goals.

In Module 2, we provide a template for you to build an impactful CV. You also watch an interview with a recruitment specialist from our partners Beaumont People who explains what employers are looking for right now and what to include in your resume to ensure you stand out.

online job interview training course view of module 2

In Module 3 of our interview training, we help you explore your past achievements and experiences to create compelling examples for behavioural questions in an interview. This module includes a training video and template to guide you through a practical exercise on how to build stories that highlight your strengths in advance, so you’re ready on the day.

online job interview training course view of module 3

Module 4 is where our training really comes into its own. The majority of interview training available out there is provided by recruitment specialists; but as communication specialists, The Colin James Method® training covers communication skills and techniques that are adopted by enterprise leaders globally. Not only will these skills enable you to influence your interview, they will also prove to be highly valuable in whatever position you hold post-interview.

online job interview training course view of module 4

As part of the course, we offer guidance on virtual interviews and video conferencing. We also offer an online community for users to connect with other participants, post questions and share content with each other. This is called social learning and it’s a great way to support growth.

The verdict?

It’s true what they say: “you get what you pay for”. When you invest in interview training, or one of our other business communication courses, you get training that’s in depth, logically structured, practical and delivered by leading communication skills training experts.

Not only that but you receive total end-to-end support, tailored to you and available all in one place. You don’t have to waste time hunting around for the right guidance and trying to avoid the distractions of advertising or cat videos. And guess what: the difference shows. 100% of our interview training participants said they would recommend it.

As a nervous interviewer I have found the depth of information really useful. The course was really methodical and I benefited from the opportunities to practice the skills.”
– Hua Li, Internal Audit & Risk Assurance Manager, Banking Sector

Whether you’re an ambitious, aspiring professional looking to invest in your future and forge ahead with your career or a seasoned professional eager to fine tune your skills, join our short online job interview course today.

The Colin James Method® Facilitators train corporate executives to improve their professional communication skills with a proven methodology. Our highly trained Facilitators and Coaches are recognised for their experience in their fields and have worked with many individuals and organisations around the world to master the art of communication.


How should I train for an interview?

Preparation is key. Having a set of stories and real life examples that illustrate how you meet the job criteria already prepared will ensure you’re ready with memorable, meaningful answers on the day. To ensure you stand out from the crowd, invest in some job interview training.

What are the basic interview skills?

Nonverbal communication, storytelling, active listening and effective research are just some of the most important interview skills required for professionals looking to stand out from the crowd.

How can I be successful in an interview?

First thing’s first: relax! You’ve broken through the first barrier and got the interview. Now all you have to do is prepare. Job interviews aren’t so terrifying when you know how to approach them. The right job interview training can equip you with the confidence, tools and techniques you need to feel comfortable and capable on the day, so you can make a good impression.

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