Handling Tough Job Interviews: Be Prepared, Perform Well, Get the Job

Handling Tough Job Interviews: Be Prepared, Perform Well, Get the Job

by Julie-Ann Amos

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845283582
Publisher: How To Books
Publication date: 11/15/2009
Pages: 167
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

JULIE-ANN AMOS is a Human Resources Consultant with considerable experience in recruitment. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Her books on recruitment have been translated into several languages.

Table of Contents


Preface     9
Introduction     11
The job interview process     11
Your legal rights     13
Best practice     16
Handling nerves     17
Deciding what to wear     20
The start of the interview     21
Body language     24
Asking questions     26
The end of the interview     28
Checklist     29
Interviews with recruitment agencies     30
The purpose of the interview     30
The balance of power     32
Making the right impression     34
Essentials to get across     35
Questions to ask     36
What happens now?     38
Checklist     39
Interviews with head-hunters     40
The difference between head-hunters and recruitment agencies     40
The balance of power     42
The purpose of the interview     43
Making the right impression     44
Questions to ask     45
What happens now?     46
Checklist     48
Employer interviews     49
The purpose of the interview     49
Thebalance of power     51
Making the right impression     52
Essentials to get across     54
Questions to ask     57
What to do with hostile interviewers     59
Handling poor questions and interviewers     62
Handling the delicate subject of money     63
What happens now?     65
Checklist     66
Personnel/HR and senior management interviews     67
The purpose of the interviews     67
The balance of power     70
Making the right impression     71
Questions to ask     75
Potential pitfalls     77
What happens now?     79
Checklist     79
Assessment centres     81
What are assessment centres?     81
The exercises     87
Case studies     89
Handling panel interviews     91
Simulations     93
Discussions     95
Exercises in groups     96
Giving a presentation     99
Psychometric tests     101
Checklist     101
Psychometric tests     102
Testing - what and why?     102
Understand what they are looking for     105
Aptitude tests     106
Personality tests     108
Questions to ask     110
Can you manipulate a test?     111
Dealing with tests     112
What happens now?     114
Checklist     115
Interviews and meetings to discuss offers     116
Company attitudes to salary negotiations     116
The most common mistakes in salary negotiations     120
Principles of salary negotiations     122
Preparing to negotiate your terms     126
Handling the surprise negotiation     127
Stalling for time     128
Dealing with unfavourable offers - rejection and negotiation     129
Dealing with favourable offers - accepting a job offer (in person)     136
Dealing with offers of alternative jobs     137
Checklist     139
Answering tough questions     140
General advice for answering questions     140
Question subjects     141
Question types     147
Checklist     151
Competency-based questions     152
What are competencies?     152
How do competency-based interviews work?      155
Example questions     156
Advice for competency-based interviews     157
A reliable method for structuring answers     159
Checklist     161
Helpful addresses     163
Further reading     165
Index     167

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