Top Questions to Ask an Executive Coach Before Hiring Them

June 12, 2024

Top Questions to Ask an Executive Coach Before Hiring Them

Choosing the right executive coach can significantly impact your professional growth and development. To ensure you make an informed decision, it’s essential to ask the right questions. Here are the top questions to consider and why they matter.

  1. What is your coaching philosophy?

Understanding a coach’s philosophy helps you determine if their approach aligns with your values and goals. A study by the International Coach Federation (ICF) found that 87% of coaching clients report satisfaction when their coach’s philosophy matches their needs. Here at Be Bold Executive Coaching, we ensure philosophy and values alignment before agreeing to work with a client.

  1. What are your qualifications and experience?

Asking about a coach’s credentials and experience ensures they have the necessary skills and knowledge to guide you effectively. The ICF reports that certified coaches deliver significantly better outcomes. Be Bold’s Master Executive Coach, Adriana L. Cowdin, completed coaching course curriculum through Harvard Business School in the 90’s and has been a coach for 25+ years….long before ‘certified’ coaching existed.

  1. Can you provide references or success stories?

References and success stories offer insights into the coach’s track record and effectiveness. A coach with positive testimonials is likely to provide quality guidance. We agree! Check out our success stories here.

  1. How do you tailor your coaching to individual clients?

Personalized coaching is crucial for addressing specific challenges and goals. Research by the Human Capital Institute shows that tailored coaching leads to a 17% increase in engagement compared to generic programs. YES! 100% of our executive coaching is personalized to you, our client. You’re extraordinary so why settle for an ordinary coach?

  1. What is your approach to measuring progress?

Understanding how a coach tracks and measures progress ensures you will see tangible results. This clarity can help maintain motivation and focus throughout the coaching journey. We love tracking results and progress. One of the tools we use to do this is a pre-session worksheet to align on goals and progress before we connect in your session.

  1. What is your availability and preferred communication style?

Aligning on availability and communication style helps ensure a smooth, productive coaching relationship. Effective communication is key to successful coaching outcomes. We believe in the coach as a partner philosophy. Our executive coaching clients gain access to their coach during, and equally as importantly, outside of their sessions to achieve their coaching goals.

  1. What are your fees and payment terms?

Knowing the cost and payment terms upfront helps you budget and plan for the coaching engagement without surprises.  Ensure you get the terms and fees in writing.

By asking these questions, you can gain a clear understanding of whether an executive coach is the right fit for your needs. The right coach can drive significant professional growth, so choose wisely! Have more questions? Let’s talk!