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Crazy Good Interviewing: How Acting A Little Crazy Can Get You The Job

ISBN: 978-1-118-29514-4
256 pages
May 2012
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How acting a little crazy and thinking outside of the box can get you the job you want

Ever hear of a job candidate stretching out on the interviewer's floor to fill out an application? Or an applicant who sees nothing wrong with texting during the interview? Securing a job interview is a golden opportunity. The crazy-bad behavior described above will not net a job offer. Crazy Good Interviewing shows readers that crazy-good behavior, however, can make an applicant stand out favorably in a sea of mediocrity. Take the candidate who created a keynote presentation on his iPad to show what he could bring to the job or the one who created a DVD highlighting her abilities.

Crazy Good Interviewing is a book geared toward those who are looking for work in this tough economy.

  • Addresses how slightly eccentric behaviors can tip the scales in the applicant's favor
  • Delves into how to access your three key strengths, how to use body language effectively, how to prepare a five-sentence history that builds a bridge to the interviewer, and more

Turn just plain crazy into crazy-good, and land the job at your next interview.


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Foreword Roxanne Emmerich xv

Acknowledgments xix

Chapter 1 Job Hunting in a Crazy Economy 1

Job Market Overview 2

Why Is the Interview So Important? 5

What Makes Me an Expert? 7

Chapter 2 Go Crazy—In a Good Way 9

How Do You Rate? 10

Introducing the ‘‘Psychotron’’ 10

What’s Crazy Bad Behavior? 12

What’s Crazy Good Behavior? 14

Chapter 3 First Impressions Are Lasting Impressions 19

Look at the Research 20

Exceptions to the Rule 21

The Rating Game 23

Preparation Is Key 25

Get Ready to ‘‘Act Out’’ 27

PART I ACT Out: Assess 29

Chapter 4 Everything from Soup to Nuts 31

Your Strengths and Limitations 31

Assessment Instruments 32

What’s Your Weak Spot? 37

Human Interaction: Where the Action Is 40

Education: Know Your Own Strengths 42

Jobs that Don’t Require College Degrees 42

Skills and Work Experience 44

Areas of Improvement 47

The Best Policy 48

Chapter 5 Wild, Wacky, and Wonderful You 51

Biology 101 52

Personality 101 54

Introversion versus Extraversion: Are You In or Out? 55

Interpersonal Skills: Can You Relate? 59

Your Assignment 61

Enthusiasm and Motivation: Rah-Rah, Sis-Boom-Bah! 61

Problem Solving: What’s Your Problem? 63

Creativity: Thinking Outside the Box 64

Life Experiences 101 66

Hobbies and Interests: What Do You Do in Your Spare Time? 68

Netting a Job Offer 70

Chapter 6 Selling ‘‘Crazy’’: Your Unique Value Proposition 73

Think ‘‘Log Line’’ 74

Create Your Unique Value Proposition 76

Your Five-Sentence Personal History 78

Why Anecdotes Work 80

The Power of Three 82

Mad About Metaphors 85

Chapter 7 Your Worldview on Work 87

Applying Your Worldview to Work 88

Work Makes the World Go ’Round 88

Worldview Provides Career Direction 90

Mapping a Career Plan 92

When Job and Worldview Don’t Align 94

Square Peg, Round Hole 95

PART II ACT Out: Communicate 97

Chapter 8 Bridge the Generational Gap with Crazy Good Behavior 99

Defining ‘‘Generation’’ 99

The Sound of ‘‘Silents’’ (Born 1924–1945) 101

Big, Bad Baby Boomers (Born 1946–1964) 104

Old and New 107

The Internet Generation X (Born 1965–1983) 108

High-Tech Generation Y (Born 1984–2002) 111

Chapter 9 Types of Interviews 115

Phone Interviews: Can You Hear Me Now? 115

Before the Interview: Ready and Waiting 119

During the Interview 120

Skype: Smile for the Camera! 120

FaceTime 123

One-on-One Interview: Up Close and Personal 123

It’s Showtime! 125

Play Nice 128

All Ears 128

Panel Interview: All Eyes on You 129

Make One-on-One Connections 130

Turning ‘‘You’re Fired!’’ into ‘‘You’re Hired!’’ 133

Group Interview: When You’re One Among Many 135

Chapter 10 Head Games 137

Games Interviewers Play 138

Tension Relievers 140

Chapter 11 Looking Good . . . Crazy Good 143

Perceiving Is Believing 144

Putting It All Together 146

For Men Only 146

For Women Only 149

Chapter 12 Use Body Language to Make a Crazy Good Impression 161

Make Crazy Good Eye Contact 162

Posture Perfect 165

Gestures and Facial Expressions 170

Chapter 13 Voiceovers: Your Voice Speaks Volumes 173

Sound Off: Elements of Voice 175

PART III ACT Out: Thank 183

Chapter 14 After the Interview: Thank ’em Like Crazy 185

The Waiting Game 186

Crazy Bad Follow-Up Efforts 194

Chapter 15 Post-Interview Self-Evaluation: How Did You Do? 197

Rate Yourself; Don’t Berate Yourself 198

Do You Really Want to Work There? 202

Moral Dilemmas 204

Chapter 16 Putting It All Together in a Crazy Good Way 205

Establish Your Power Base 207

Use a Crazy Good Interview Strategy 208

Use Crazy Good Behaviors to Get the Job 208

Sell Yourself Like Crazy 209

Be Yourself, in a Crazy Good Way 209

Research the Employer Like Crazy 209

Research the Interviewer(s) Like Crazy 211

Practice Like Crazy 212

Take the Stage 213

Appendix 150 Frequently Asked Questions 215

Index 229

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JOHN B. MOLIDOR, PhD, is CEO/President of Michigan State University Flint Area Medical Education and a Community Assistant Dean and Professor of Psychiatry at MSU College of Human Medicine, who helps people understand how their brain, communication styles, and interviewing skills can function well together.

BARBARA PARUS is Director of Publications for the National Speakers Association in Tempe, Arizona. A Chicago native, she is a versatile and well-established writer, ghostwriter, editorial consultant, and the author or coauthor of three books on human resources–related topics.

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June 21, 2012
How Acting a Little Crazy Can Help Candidates Stand Out in Job Interviews

Dr. John B. Molidor Examines Valuable Interviewing Skills and the Crazy Bad Practices to Avoid in his new book, Crazy Good Interviewing

According to the United States Department of Labor, the unemployment rate has lingered above 8% since 2009. With new graduates entering an already dormant job market, any job seeker that is lucky enough to land an interview needs all the advice they can get to build the confidence and skills needed to stand out among other candidates and ace the interview.  

In thier new book, Crazy Good Interviewing: How Acting A Little Crazy Can Get You The Job (Wiley, May 2012; Paperback and ebook; $19.95; 978-1-118-29514-4)  Dr. John B. Molidor and Barbara Parus aim to help those who are looking for work in this tough economy.  The book, which was called one of the best career books for 2012 by The Wall Street Journal’s professional career site FINS.com, addresses how slightly eccentric behaviors can tip the scales in the applicant’s favor. 

“Ever hear of a job candidate stretching out on the interviewer's floor to fill out an application? Or an applicant who sees nothing wrong with texting during the interview? Securing a job interview is a golden opportunity and this crazy bad behavior described will not result in a job offer,” says Molidor. “Crazy Good Interviewing shows readers that crazy good behavior, however, can make an applicant stand out favorably in a sea of mediocrity. Crazy good behavior can range from a candidate who created a keynote presentation on his iPad to show what he could bring to the job or the one who created a DVD highlighting her abilities. I hope this book gives job hunters an opportunity to get their creative juices flowing so they can become the stand-out applicant at their next interview and land a new job.”

Molidor wrote Crazy Good Interviewing based on his many years of conducting workshops and teaching interview techniques. In the book, Molidor explores how crazy good interviewing is all about applying a variety of mental strategies and positive verbal and non-verbal communication skills to the interview process to ensure the best possible outcome, with advice such as:

  • How to access your three key strengths, how to use body language effectively, how to prepare a five-sentence history that builds a bridge to the interviewer, and more
  • His “ACT Out” interviewing model
  • Examples of crazy bad behaviors, such as inquiring about the company’s drug testing policies and exaggerating on a resume
  • Self-assessment tips, resources, quizzes and examples from workshops, movies, and current events
  • Tips for reducing interview-day jitters and conquering the group interview
  • Specific chapters for bridging the gap between Gen X and Gen Y interviewers and interviewees.
  • Examples of crazy bad and crazy good ways to follow up with a thank you letter

“It’s scary to search for a job in a tough market. The worse the economy is, the harder it is to get and keep a good job. With a bad economy and no credentials, sometimes it feels almost futile to search when jobs are in such short supply,” adds Molidor. “If you're looking for your first job, or if you're just out of work and looking, your task is to get into extreme job search to land a job interview, and then do everything in your power to shine.”

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