Ex-Offender's Job Interview Guide: Turn Your Red Flags into Green Lights

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Addressing the many employability issues facing ex-offenders, this book shows them how to deal with today's job market challenges. Focusing on the critical job interview, it emphasizes the importance of turning obvious red flags into green lights by developing effective communication skills. Thirteen chapters focus on potential job knockouts, telling the truth, 40 interview mistakes, questions and answers, nonverbal interview behaviors, preparation, red flag questions, closing, follow-up, job offers, and ...

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Overview

Addressing the many employability issues facing ex-offenders, this book shows them how to deal with today's job market challenges. Focusing on the critical job interview, it emphasizes the importance of turning obvious red flags into green lights by developing effective communication skills. Thirteen chapters focus on potential job knockouts, telling the truth, 40 interview mistakes, questions and answers, nonverbal interview behaviors, preparation, red flag questions, closing, follow-up, job offers, and salaries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570232824
  • Publisher: Impact Publications VA
  • Publication date: 10/21/2008
  • Pages: 122
  • Sales rank: 440,576
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Putting the Bars Behind You for Good! 1

Re-Entry and Jobs 1

Carrying Negative Baggage 2

Key Job Search Mistakes Ex-Offenders Make 2

Ask the Right Questions, Focus on What's Important 2

Yes, You're Risky Business 3

Consider the Employer's Needs 3

Focus on the Job Interview 4

On Your Own 5

2 Red Flags in Your Past 5

Job Knockouts 5

Test Your Knockout Potential 6

Why Will an Employer Care About My Past? 7

Red Flag Behaviors 8

3 Employers' Major Fears 10

Apprehension and Disappointment 10

Cautious Employers 11

So What Does an Employer Want From Me? 11

Predicting Your Behavior 13

Employers Want Value for the Wages They Pay 16

Understand the Employer's Viewpoint 16

Red Flag Behaviors Beyond Illegal Behaviors 19

So What If You Are an Ex-Offender? 19

4 Turn Your Red Flags Into Green Lights 21

Identify Your Personal Red Flags 21

Questions That Follow Red Flags 31

Prepare to Lower the Red Flag 31

Plan the Gist of Your Explanations 34

5 40 Interview Mistakes Many Job Seekers Make 36

Positive and Negative Goals of Employers 36

40 Killer Interview Mistakes 37

Interview Tips from the Experts 45

6 The Verbal Exchange of Questions and Answers 47

Gather Information About the Company and the Job 47

Match Your Goals/Strengths to the Employer's Needs 48

Prepare to Complete an Application or Test 48

Organize Your References 49

Prepare for Questions 50

101 Frequently Asked Job Interview Questions 52

Unexpected Questions 57

Behavior- and Situation-Based Questions 58

7 Nonverbal Behaviors to Win the Job Interview 59

Manage Your Physical Appearance and Dress - Men 59

Manage Your Physical Appearance and Dress - Women60

Getting Clothing Help 61

Make Your Body Language Say Positive Things About You 61

Eye Contact and Facial Expression 62

Vocal Expression 62

Your Total Nonverbal Message 62

Ask Yourself 63

8 Get Ready for the Interview 64

Good Preparation Wins 64

Most of Your Hard Work is Done! 64

A Word of Caution 65

Last Minute Advice 65

9 At the Interview: Wow the Interviewer 67

Entering the Office and Waiting for the Interviewer 67

As the Interview Begins 68

During the Interview 68

Listen for Underlying Messages and Questions 69

Dealing With Questions About a Difficult Background 70

Accentuate the Positive 70

Ask Yourself 71

10 Handling Red Flag Questions With Savvy Answers 73

No Experience 73

Poor Grades 74

No Diploma 75

Were Fired 76

Job Hopper 77

No Focus to Jobs Held 78

Poor References 79

Ex-Offender 80

Abused Drugs or Alcohol 83

Over-Qualified 83

Questions You Should Ask 84

Ask Yourself 85

11 Closing and Following Up the Interview 87

Summarize and Restate Your Interest 87

Don't Play Competitive Games 87

Ask for the Job If You Really Want It 88

Ask for Permission to Follow Up 88

Prepare a List of References 88

Make Follow-up a Top Priority 89

Send a Thank-You Letter 89

Follow Through With a Telephone Call 89

Ask Yourself 91

12 Deal Effectively With Job Offers and Compensation 93

Ex-Offenders and Compensation 93

Most Salaries Are Negotiable 94

Become a Savvy Salary Negotiator 94

Avoid 21 Salary Negotiation Mistakes 95

Don't Discuss Salary Before Receiving an Offer 97

Let the Employer Volunteer Salary Information 97

Examine the Total Compensation Package 97

Focus on Salary Ranges 100

Carefully Examine Benefits 101

Avoid Paying Unprofessional Games 101

Take Time to Consider the Offer 101

Get the Job Offer in Writing 102

13 Salaries for 795 Occupations 103

Career Resources 120

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