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Job Interviews For Dummies, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-11290-8
336 pages
December 2011
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Deliver a show-stopping interview performance

Does the thought of interviewing for a new job send shivers down your spine? It doesn't have to! Whether you're searching for your first job, changing careers, or looking for advancement in your current line of work, Job Interviews For Dummies shows you how to use your skills and experiences to your advantage and land that job.

Following a half-decade characterized by an explosion of economic crises, global expansion, and technological innovation in the job market, today's job seekers vie for employment in a tough era of new realities where few have gone before. In addition to covering how to prepare for an interview, this updated edition explores the new realities of the job market with scenarios that you can expect to encounter, an updated sample question and answer section, coverage of how you can harness social media in your job search, information on preparing for a Web-based interview, and the best ways to keep your credibility when applying for several jobs at once.

  • Out-prepare the competition
  • Overcome your fear of interviewing
  • Ask smart questions about the job and the employer
  • Give the best answers to make-or-break questions
  • Fit your qualifications to the job's requirements
  • Dress like an insider
  • Survive personality tests
  • Interview across cultures
  • Evaluate a job offer
  • Negotiate a better salary

Whether you're fresh from the classroom, a prime-timer over 50, or somewhere in between, Job Interviews For Dummies quickly gets you up to speed on the skills and tools you need to land the job you want.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: And the Interview Winner is … You! 7

Chapter 1: Job Interviews Are Show Biz. Seriously! 9

Chapter 2: Tryouts: Getting Past Screening Interviews 29

Chapter 3: 21st-Century Video Interview 39

Chapter 4: Interviewing on the Global Stage 51

Chapter 5: A Chorus Line of Interviews by Type 57

Part II: Backstage Researching and Rehearsing 77

Chapter 6: Research Is Your Ticket Inside 79

Chapter 7: Your Close-Up: Personality Tests 89

Chapter 8: Showing You the Money 101

Chapter 9: Costuming Yourself for a Starring Role 119

Chapter 10: Beat Stage Fright with the R-Word: Rehearse 133

Chapter 11: Looking Good with Questions You Ask 143

Chapter 12: Closing the Show 149

Part III: Actors' Studio: Casting Your Character 165

Chapter 13: Opening Acts for Younger Talent 167

Chapter 14: Selling Scripts for Career Switchers 173

Chapter 15: Star Turns for Prime-Timers 181

Part IV: Lights, Camera, Talk! Answering Questions 191

Chapter 16: What Can You Tell Me About Yourself? 193

Chapter 17: What Do You Know about This Job and Our Company? 213

Chapter 18: What Are Your Skills and Competencies? 217

Chapter 19: How Does Your Experience Help Us? 225

Chapter 20: What Education Do You Have? 233

Chapter 21: What about Your Special Situation? 243

Chapter 22: How Should You Answer a Questionable Question? 259

Part V: The Part of Tens 267

Chapter 23: Ten Tips to Avoid Rotten Reviews 269

Chapter 24: Ten Tricky Questions to Watch Out For 273

Chapter 25: Tens of Lines on the Cutting Room Floor 279

Appendix: Questions by Career Fields and Industries 285

Index 305

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Author Information

Joyce Lain Kennedy is a nationally syndicated careers columnist. CAREERS NOW appears twice weekly in newspapers and on websites across the United States. She is the author of seven career books including Resumes For Dummies, 6th Edition, and Cover Letters For Dummies, 3rd Edition.

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Press Release

November 22, 2011
Job Interviews For Dummies, 4th Edition Continues to Help Job Seekers "Get the Offer."

In the newly published fourth edition of Job Interviews For Dummies® (Wiley / 978-1-1181-1290-8 / December 2011 ), author Joyce Lain Kennedy walks job seekers through the emerging landscape of data feeds and streaming video to a contemporary close-up of the all-important job interview. The book is a perfect guide for:

 —     Managers and rank-and-file employees

—     Job seekers in small, mid-sized or giant companies

—     Rookies, seasoned pros, and career changers.


Although cosmic shifts have occurred in how job seekers find and participate in interviews in a digital age, what hasn’t changed is an interview’s function as the centerpiece of the search. That’s where the decision is made about who gets the job and who doesn’t.

Already a best-selling classic  — and twice the national winner of  the year’s best career book award (a rare honor bestowed by the Independent Book Publishers Association), Job Interviews  For Dummies, 4th Edition will continue to help hundreds of thousands of interviewing job seekers get the offer. Here’s a glimpse of fresh information found in 10 all-new or dramatically updated chapters.

New! Chapter 2: Reveals how to survive automated screening phone and video calls, which are filters that usually don‘t allow “do over’s” to repair flubs.

New! Chapter 3: Explains essentials to succeed in video interviews, including body language and lighting.

Updated Chapter16: Details the right responses when faced with a charge of legitimate, but questionable multiple identities.

New! Chapter 24: Suggests savvy answers to 10 tricky questions that, if answered incorrectly, can send you walking away without a job.

New! A generous appendix of job interview questions for 13 career fields and industries.

The new realities of the job market require new responses. Job Interviews For Dummies, 4th Edition advises job seekers how to interview in a world grown increasingly complex, interconnected and competitive. And although it continues to be an authoritative guide, the book manages to cracks a smile now and then by using wit and wisdom to spotlight an informative dimension in job interviewing.

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