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Career goals questionnaire

career goals questionnaire

Looking to level up your coaching or consulting business? The Career Goals Questionnaire is a game-changer.

This form is a perfect fit for Life Coaches, Business Coaches, and Consultants.

It helps you dig deeper into your client's career objectives, readiness for change, past experiences with coaching, expectations, and availability. With this information, you can tailor your services to meet individual needs, improving your client's experience and your business outcomes.

Give it a spin. You won't be disappointed.

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Questions to include on your Career goals questionnaire

1. Personal Information

As you get started, it's essential to gather some basic information about the client for record keeping and to personalize your coaching sessions.

  • What is your full name?
  • What is your email address?
  • What is your contact number?

2. Career Objective

These questions aim to understand the client's current career situation and what they hope to achieve in the future.

  • What is your current profession?
  • What are your career goals? (Career advancement, Career change, Skill development, Other)
  • Please specify your career goals if you selected 'Other'.

3. Readiness for Change

These questions delve into the client's readiness to make career changes, which can be a crucial factor in the success of the coaching sessions.

  • How ready are you to make changes in your career right now? (Very ready, Somewhat ready, Not ready, Not sure)
  • What obstacles do you foresee in achieving your career goals?

The question about obstacles is important as it helps you understand potential challenges that may need to be addressed during coaching sessions.

4. Prior Experience with Coaching

Understanding if the client has previous experience with coaching or consulting can help tailor your approach.

  • Have you previously worked with a coach or consultant? (Yes, No)
  • If yes, how was your experience?

5. Expectations from Coaching

These questions will help you understand the client's expectations, so you can ensure the coaching is aligned with their needs.

  • What do you expect to achieve from our coaching sessions?
  • How do you prefer to communicate? (Email, Phone, Video call, In-person)

Understanding client's communication preference helps in developing an effective communication strategy.

6. Availability

Knowing the client's availability will ensure that coaching sessions can be scheduled at a mutually convenient time.

  • What days are you typically available for coaching sessions? (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • What times are you typically available for coaching sessions?

Gauging availability helps you in planning and scheduling sessions effectively.

Other question ideas

When you are creating your Career goals questionnaire, here are some additional questions you may want to consider. These won't apply in every case, but should give you some ideas as you build out your form.
  • Can you describe a professional achievement you are most proud of?

    • This provides insight into what motivates the client, their values, and their career highlights.
  • What skills or qualities do you believe you need to develop or strengthen to achieve your career goals?

    • This can help you understand the client's self-awareness and areas where they believe they need improvement.
  • Are there any specific industries or companies you aspire to work in?

    • This can provide direction for the coaching sessions by identifying specific aspirations.
  • How do you define success in your professional life?

    • This gives an indication of the client's values and what they consider to be important in their career.
  • What is one thing you would change about your current job or career path if you could?

    • This question can identify areas of dissatisfaction and potential focus areas for coaching.
  • How do you handle stress or pressure in your professional life?

    • Understanding a client's coping mechanisms can be helpful in coaching them through career transitions or challenges.
  • Do you have any role models or people who inspire you in your career? Who are they and why?

    • This can provide insight into the client's aspirations and values.
  • How do you balance your professional and personal life?

    • This could uncover potential challenges related to work-life balance that could be discussed during coaching sessions.
  • How would you describe your ideal work environment?

    • Insights from this question can help you understand the client's preferences in a work setting.
  • Are there any fears or doubts you have about reaching your career goals?

    • This can shed light on potential mental or emotional roadblocks the client may be facing.

Things to consider

  1. Privacy and Security - Always make sure your form complies with data protection laws and regulations. All sensitive data should be encrypted and stored securely.
  2. User Experience - Make sure your form is intuitive and easy to use. Use clear, concise language. Group related questions together for a smoother flow.
  3. Accessibility - Ensure your form is accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. Use labels and instructions that screen readers can easily interpret.
  4. Avoid Unnecessary Questions - Keep your form as short as possible by only including necessary questions. Longer forms can deter users from completing them.
  5. Use Conditional Logic - If your form builder supports it, use conditional logic to show or hide questions based on previous responses. This can make the form more relevant and less overwhelming.
  6. Mobile Compatibility - Ensure your form is mobile-friendly. Many users will access your form from a mobile device.
  7. Testing - Test your form extensively before it goes live. This will help you catch any errors or issues that could frustrate users.

How to create your Career goals questionnaire

Now that you know what questions you should include, it's time to build your form!

The only problem is that traditional forms tools are inefficient.

People will forget to fill out your form. They'll get stuck halfway and not be able to finish it. Or they'll send you the wrong stuff. You end up wasting hours chasing people down over email. 

That's why you should give Content Snare a try. 

Content Snare is packed with advanced features that will have you hours:

  • Automatic reminders - Remind people to complete their form with fully customizable reminders.
  • Reject incorrect information - If a single question is filled out incorrectly, ask your client to re-do just that one item.
  • Autosaving - No progress gets lost. People can fill out forms in multiple sittings.
  • Comments and questions - If the person filling the form gets stuck, they can ask a question without having to email you.

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