Even with a fairly detailed job description or a briefing by a knowledgeable recruiter, job candidates rarely have all the tools they need to ace their interviews. This is one of the reasons why interviews are so harrowing--we have to pay close attention to what we're told, what we're not told, and the many non-verbal signals we receive. In addition, many people who conducts the interviews aren't well-prepared, haven't been trained in interviewing, and often don't even like the process.
The Essential Job Interview Handbook will help job seekers prepare effectively for interviews and become familiar with different types of interview questions and styles of interviews. A unique feature of this book is the multiple answers it provides for each question, rated good, better, and best; with this feature, you'll learn what makes a winning answer and understand the strategy behind it.
Whether you're just finishing school or have been working a long time, The Essential Job Interview Handbook will give you all the powerful tools you need to not just get a job, but to get the right one.
About the Author
Jean Baur, a career coach and author, has worked in the outplacement industry for the past 19 years. She's an expert in working with job seekers of all functions and levels, and likes nothing better than helping those in transition overcome obstacles and find work that's a good fit. Her first book, Eliminated! Now What?, won national media attention. She currently lives in New England, where she continues her work with Lee Hecht Harrison, a talent-solutions company, and teaches her own highly successful workshop: Boomers Back to Work! As an independent consultant, Jean has prepared thousands of job seekers for this critical part of getting hired.
Table of Contents
Part I Preparation
Chapter 1 Where to Start? 19
Chapter 2 Get Your Stories Straight! 27
Chapter 3 Figure Out What Employers Want 33
Chapter 4 Rephrase and Reframe 39
Chapter 5 Final Preparation: First Impressions 45
Part II Types of Questions
Chapter 6 Ice-Breaker Questions 55
Chapter 7 Preliminary Questions 63
Chapter 8 Substance Questions 71
Chapter 9 Fit Questions 81
Chapter 10 Other Questions 91
Part III Types of Interviews
Chapter 11 Phone Screenings: You Are What They Hear 103
Chapter 12 HR Screenings: Are You a Match? 113
Chapter 13 Recruiter Interviews 127
Chapter 14 Behavioral: Let Me See You in Action 143
Chapter 15 The Panel: One of Me, So Many of You 157
Chapter 16 Bull's-Eye: Meeting With the Hiring Manager 167
Chapter 17 Presentations 181
Chapter 18 When There's Travel, Meals, Skype, or Assessments 193
Part IV Managing Expectations
Chapter 19 Too Many Cooks and Unclear Job Requirements 205
Chapter 20 Watch Your Pride 215
Chapter 21 But I'm So Nervous! 225
Chapter 22 Other Challenges 235
Part V Putting it All Together
Chapter 23 Closing the Deal 245
Chapter 24 Evaluating Your Interview and Processing Feedback 251
Chapter 25 Effective Follow-Up (How to Show Interest Without Being a Pest) 261
Chapter 26 Negotiating an Offer 269
Chapter 27 You're Never Not Looking 277
About the Author 287
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love the way Jean uses real life examples, and shows the answers in three forms, good, better and best. It is so easy to see how you can use the examples in the book to apply to your own interview.