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Job Interviews For Dummies, 4th Edition

Job Interviews For Dummies, 4th Edition

Joyce Lain Kennedy

ISBN: 978-1-118-23748-9

Nov 2011

336 pages

$12.99

Description

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.

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