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The unofficial guide to acing the interview
Tullier, L. Michelle.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxxiii, 426 pages ; 21 cm.
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In the United States, over 131 million people are in the job market. With the work force expected to grow 11 percent by 2005 to more than 147 million jobs, candidates need a hard-hitting guide that will set them apart from the competition. In addition, readers already employed need to keep up-to-date on current trends in interviewing strategies, practices, and techniques. This no-nonsense guide provides in-depth coverage and proven methods that sell job hunters even to the toughest interviewer. The Unofficial Guide to Acing the Interview arms job hunters with winning strategies that help them: Get noticed with attention-grabbing cover letters and resumes Successfully research the employer, including industry issues, trends, and problems Smooth problem areas such as employment gaps Get the salary they want Answer even the most offbeat questions Follow-up successfully to ensure a second meeting

Table of Contents

The Unofficial Guide Reader's Bill of Rights
The Unofficial Guide Panel of Experts
I What You Need to Know About Getting Hiredp. 1
1 How Hiring Decisions Are Madep. 3
Essential Hiring Criteriap. 4
Will You Fit In?p. 10
Do You Want the Job?p. 16
Behind closed Doors with the Decision-Makersp. 17
Just the Factsp. 27
2 The Biggest Mistakes Interviewees Makep. 29
The Five Worst Mistakes Job-Seekers Makep. 31
Pitfalls to Avoid in Interviewing: the Runners-Upp. 37
Developing a Strategy That Steers Clear of the Pitfallsp. 46
Just the Factsp. 47
II What to Do Before the Interviewp. 49
3 Research: The Root of All Strategyp. 51
Six Degrees of Informationp. 52
Who Has the Information You Needp. 59
What to Do with the Information You Collectp. 68
Just the Factsp. 70
4 Making Yourself the Top Candidatep. 71
Taking Stock of Your Content Knowledgep. 73
Identifying Your Transferable Skillsp. 74
Uncovering Additional Skillsp. 76
Assessing Your Personal Qualitiesp. 83
Building Your Casep. 83
Making Up for Deficitsp. 94
How to Identify Your Deficitsp. 95
Just the Factsp. 98
5 Developing the Right Attitudep. 99
The Psychology of Interviewingp. 100
Anxiety and the Interview Processp. 106
Why You Get Nervousp. 106
Strategies for Combating Pre-Interviews Nervousnessp. 109
What to Do When Stage Fright Strikesp. 112
Keep Some Perspectivep. 115
Just the Factsp. 116
III Making a Good First--and Lasting--Impressionp. 117
6 Presenting the Right Imagep. 119
Image From the Inside: How You Feel About Yourselfp. 120
Image on the Outside: How You Lookp. 126
How Your References Reinforce Your Imagep. 135
Conveying Your Image on Paperp. 136
Just the Factsp. 142
7 Strategic Communication for Interviewsp. 143
Delivering Your Messagep. 144
Make Sure Your Message is Receivedp. 154
How Your Message is Processed and Interpretedp. 158
When It's Not Your Turn to Speakp. 159
Leaving Good Feelings Behind After the Interviewp. 160
Communicating with Multiple Interviewersp. 161
Cross-Cultural Communicationp. 161
Just the Factsp. 163
IV The Interview Itselfp. 165
8 Variations on the Interviewing Themep. 167
Interviewing Stylesp. 167
Interviewing Formatsp. 178
Interview Settingsp. 184
Variations on a Themep. 191
Just the Factsp. 196
9 The Fifteen Trickiest Interview Questionsp. 199
Strategies for Fielding Any Question that Comes Your Wayp. 201
An Introduction to the Fifteen Trickiest Questionsp. 204
The "Tell Me About..." Questionsp. 206
Questions That Look for Flawsp. 209
Questions to Reveal Your Character and Uniquenessp. 215
Nosy Questionsp. 220
Just the Factsp. 225
10 Some More Questions You Might Be Askedp. 227
Questions to Find Out if You Can Do the Jobp. 229
Questions to Find Out if You'll Fit Inp. 235
Questions to Find Out if You Want the Jobp. 247
Do You Have Any Questions for Us?p. 254
Just the Factsp. 258
11 Passing Muster: Tests, Observation, and Other Ways You'll be Assessedp. 259
Assessment Through Observationp. 260
Psychological Testsp. 266
Drug Testsp. 274
Physical Examsp. 278
Credit and Criminal Record Checksp. 279
Just the Factsp. 281
12 Interview Curve Ballsp. 283
Anticipating Objectionsp. 296
Sticky Situations: Discrimination and Harassmentp. 296
Just the Factsp. 307
V Closing the Dealp. 309
13 Following Up to Get to "Yes"p. 311
Starting Your Follow-Up Before the Interview Endsp. 312
What to Do Within 24 Hours After the Interviewp. 317
Secrets of Persisting Without Pesteringp. 331
Just the Factsp. 336
14 Evaluating and Negotiating Offersp. 337
Identifying Your Prioritiesp. 338
Scrutinizing an Offerp. 347
Matching an Offer to Your Prioritiesp. 352
Negotiating the Best Dealp. 353
Secrets of the Wisest Decision-Makersp. 360
Making the Movep. 367
Just the Factsp. 371
A Glossaryp. 373
B Resource Directoryp. 377
C Recomended Readingp. 383
D Important Statisticsp. 403
Indexp. 413