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Overview

Let's face it, EVERYONE gets a little nervous about interviewing. You want to make sure you're sending the right signals to potential employers, while still getting the information about the job you need as well. "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Interview" gives you all of the tips for a successful interview!

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  • ISBN-13: 9780028638904
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 3/31/2000
  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Dorio is a human resources management professional with more than 18 years of corporate and consulting experience. He has worked with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 corporations and knows exactly how to help you land the job you want!

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Getting There 1
1 Myths and Reality 3
Interview Myths 4
Interview Reality: They Don't Really Care About You 7
What Every Employer Wants 8
Introduce Yourself as a Solution 12
2 On Your Mark 13
Transferable Skills 13
Even You Can Do Research 16
What, Me Worry? 21
3 Target: Interview 23
Making an Interview Happen 23
Turning a Cold Call into a Warm Reception 28
The Hardest Sales Letter You'll Ever Write 30
The Letter-Call Formula 30
Working with an Agency 31
4 Get Set 33
Go! 34
Build an "Interview Kit" 38
Rehearse It and Nurse It 40
Interview Logistics 42
The Night Before 43
5 Clothes Call 45
Evaluating Your Employment Wardrobe 45
Dress Codes 47
Traveling Clothes 50
For Men Only 50
For Women Only 54
Part 2 Being There 57
6 Reception Room Savvy 59
The Receptionist: A Friend In Deed 61
Pit Stop 63
Reception Room Research 63
Butterflies Are Free 65
7 Shall We Dance? 69
Howdy 70
Let Your Partner Lead (if He Can) 72
Rapport Builders 73
Rapport Busters 75
Body Language: Eloquence Without Words 78
8 Listen Carefully 81
The Lively Art of Listening 81
Stoking the Fire and Stroking the Speaker 83
Stalking the Main Thought 85
The Dynamic Listening Concept 87
Tune In and Turn On 88
You Have More Time Than the Speaker--Use It 90
The End 90
9 How to Answer the Questions Everybody Asks 91
First, Speak the Language of Business 91
Questions of Ability and Suitability 94
Questions of Employability 97
Questions of Affordability 101
10 ... And the Questions Almost Nobody Asks (But Just Might Ask You) 103
Problems, Problems, Problems 103
"Tell Me About a Time When You ..." 106
Outta Left Field 109
Questions You Don't Have to Answer (and How Not to Answer Them) 111
11 Take Control and Start Selling Yourself 115
Don't Just Navigate If You Can Steer 116
Reading the Interviewer 121
You, the Problem Solver 125
12 Money Talk 127
First, Some Homework 128
A Little Game of Chicken 130
Clearing the Hurdles 135
This Is Negotiable (Isn't It?) 137
How to Win the Gulf War 139
Part 3 "Do You Have Any Questions?" (You'd Better!) 141
13 Questions You Should Always Ask 143
Big Question #1: "Have You Had a Chance to Review My Resume?" 144
Even More About Yourself 145
Big Question #2: "What Results Do You Want Me to Produce?" 145
Probing Employer Needs 146
Questions to Which You Are the Answer 147
Questions to Close the Sale 149
14 Roll-Up-Your-Sleeves Questions 151
Proving That You Can Hit the Ground Running 151
Our Mission 154
Being a Prophet of Profitability 156
Demonstrating Proficiency 156
Questions That Show You're a Leader 157
The Nitty-Gritty 158
When to Stop 159
15 Real-World Questions 161
One Size Does Not Fit All 161
If You're in Sales ... 162
If You're in Marketing ... 166
If You're in Service ... 167
If You're in Financial ... 169
If You're in R&D (Research and Development) ... 170
If You're in Production ... 170
Part 4 Special Settings and Challenging Circumstances 173
16 Creating an Interview 175
Wallflower No More 175
Five Steps to an Informational Interview 176
What Are You About? 181
17 Getting Through the Gatekeeper Interview 185
The First Cut--So What? 186
Brevity 188
Say This 190
Don't Say That 191
Turn "Goodbye" into "See You Later" 192
18 The Telephone Interview 195
Welcome to a Process of Elimination 196
Blind Side 197
Let the Caller Do the Talking (Mostly) 200
Giving Answers 200
Control the Voice of Fear 202
Make a Note of This 203
19 The Internet Interview 205
(Virtual) Reality Check 206
Information, Please 207
The Online Resume 209
Connecting 210
IRL 213
20 Expecting the Unexpected 215
Panel Interviews 216
Sequential Interviews 217
Booting Up 218
Mealtime Interviews 220
When You're In from Out of Town 223
International Interviewing 224
Drug Testing 224
21 "Nice to Be Here": Mastering the Mid-Life Interview 227
Mid-Life Crisis or Mid-Life Opportunity? (Pick One) 228
To Square One 231
Get Ready, Get Set 232
Go For It 233
Add It Up 235
Part 5 On the Spot 237
22 Hey, You're On! The Performance Interview 239
The Show on the Road 240
Take It Away! 242
Surprise! 244
Test-Taking Tips 245
Kudos and Lumps 248
23 You're On Fire! The Stress Interview 251
No More Mister Nice Guy 252
Stress Interviewer Strategies 254
Twenty Stress Questions (and Answers) 256
24 What to Do at a Brick Wall 265
Call to Action 265
Five Steps to Overcome Any Objection 266
The Charge Is Job Hopping 268
Gaps, Gulfs, and Gaffes 269
Climbing Down the Ladder of Success 272
"I'm Not Sure You Fit In ..." 275
Making the Most of Diversity 275
Hiring and the Law 275
Part 6 To Follow Through, Follow Up 277
25 Nailing the Follow-Up Interview 279
You've Made the Cut--Now What? 279
Your Entrance 281
You're Already There 282
Wait Until They "Gotta Have You" 284
Making Your Exit 284
26 The Morning After 287
More to Do 287
Four Steps to Thank-You Letters That Mean Business 288
Pursue the Issues 290
Zapping Doubt 290
The Silent Treatment 291
Briefing Your References 292
What to Do with Success 292
Your First Few Weeks on the Job 295
Appendixes
A Talk the Talk Glossary 297
B Information Sources for Job Searches and Interview Preparation 301
C Skills Inventories 307
Index 311
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    Interviewers Insight

    I conduct over 1000 interviews a year that are behavioral based. This book outlines everything that I ask my candidates during my interview process. I especially recommend this book to those who have just entered the work force. This will help you prepare for any type of interview situation that you may face. Those who have been out of the interviewing process for any length of time will find the tips and techniques useful as well. Definitely worth every penny, especially if it helps you land that perfect job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2001

    Great Preparation

    Although I wasn't interviewing for a job, but rather medical school, I purchased this book to give me some insight as to what may come my way. It discussed different interview strategies, what to avoid, and how to deal with potentially uncomforatable situations. Although it focussed entirely on job interviews, with some imagination and creativity I was able to apply it to my needs. Definitely a worthwhile buy!

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