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Job interview tips for people with not-so-hot backgrounds : how to put red flags behind you to win the job
Krannich, Caryl Rae.
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Manassas Park, Va : Impact Publications, [2004]

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xii, 145 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.
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Here's the book that speaks to millions of individuals who have difficult but promising backgrounds. It examines how to best prepare to answer sensitive job interview questions. Shows how to provide honest and positive answers that demonstrate you are the most promising candidate despite your background.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1 What Employers Want in Today's Job Marketp. 1
Fictitious Backgrounds, Cautious Employersp. 2
The Truth About Youp. 3
Positive Workplace Characteristicsp. 4
Predicting Your Best Behaviorp. 5
Employee Who Shows Up for Workp. 5
Employee Who Gets Along With Co-Workersp. 6
Employee Who Follows Ordersp. 7
Employee Who Listens to Instructionsp. 8
Employee Who Is Trustworthyp. 9
Employee Who Will Stay With the Companyp. 9
Employers Want the Truth About Youp. 11
Think Like the Employerp. 11
2 People With Not-So-Hot Backgroundsp. 13
Red Flag Daysp. 14
Risky Businessp. 16
No Experiencep. 17
Poor Gradesp. 17
No Diploma or Degreep. 17
Been Firedp. 18
Job Hopperp. 18
No Focus to the Jobs Heldp. 19
Poor Referencesp. 19
Criminal Recordp. 20
Over-Qualifiedp. 20
Test Your Knock-Out Potentialp. 21
Identify and Deal With Your Red Flagsp. 22
3 Clues Employers Look for to Determine Successful "Fit"p. 24
Looking for Hiring Cluesp. 25
Verbal Exchangep. 25
Nonverbal Cuesp. 26
Comparing Verbal and Nonverbal Messagesp. 27
Appearance and Dressp. 27
Tone of Voice and Eye Contactp. 28
Gesturesp. 28
Facial Expressionp. 28
Body Languagep. 29
What's Your True Message?p. 29
Ask Yourselfp. 30
4 Turn Red Flags Into Green Lightsp. 32
Identify Your Personal Red Flagsp. 33
Questions That Follow Red Flagsp. 38
Prepare to Lower Your Red Flagsp. 39
Get Rid of the Red Flag(s)p. 42
Plan the Gist of Your Explanationsp. 43
5 Prepare to Meet the Employer's Needs: The Verbal Exchangep. 45
Research the Company and the Jobp. 46
Match Your Goals/Strengths to the Employer's Needsp. 47
Prepare to Complete an Application or Testp. 48
Prepare for Questionsp. 50
Questions About Your Personal Lifep. 51
Questions About Your Educationp. 52
Questions About Your Experiencep. 52
Questions About Your Accomplishments and Work Stylep. 52
Questions About Your Goals and Motivationp. 53
Questions About Your Future Goals/Plansp. 54
Practice for the Interviewp. 54
Ask Yourselfp. 55
6 Nonverbal Behaviors That Meet Needs and Exceed Expectationsp. 56
Manage Your Physical Appearance and Dress - Menp. 57
Manage Your Physical Appearance and Dress - Womenp. 58
Make Your Body Language Say Positive Things About Youp. 59
Eye Contact and Facial Expressionp. 61
Vocal Expressionp. 62
Your Total Nonverbal Messagep. 62
Ask Yourselfp. 63
7 At the Interview: Wow the Interviewerp. 64
Good Preparation Winsp. 65
Last Minute Advicep. 65
Entering the Office and Waiting for the Interviewerp. 67
As the Interview Beginsp. 68
During the Interviewp. 76
Listen for Underlying Messages and Questionsp. 69
Dealing With Questions About a Difficult Backgroundp. 71
Accentuate the Positivep. 72
Ask Yourselfp. 73
8 Avoid 35 Common Interview Errorsp. 74
It's a Very Stressful Timep. 75
Mistakes You Shouldn't Makep. 75
9 Challenging Questions and Sample Answersp. 85
101 Questions You May Be Askedp. 86
Unexpected and Wacky Questionsp. 91
Behavior- and Situation-Based Questionsp. 93
Red Flag Questions and Issuesp. 94
Poor Gradesp. 95
No Diplomap. 97
Were Firedp. 98
Job Hopperp. 100
No Focus to Jobs Heldp. 102
Poor Referencesp. 103
Ex-Offenderp. 105
Abused Drugs or Alcoholp. 109
Over-Qualifiedp. 110
Questions You Should Askp. 111
Ask Yourselfp. 112
10 Close and Follow Up the Interviewp. 114
Respond to a Job Offerp. 115
Close With No Job Offer ... Yetp. 116
Send a Thank You Letterp. 117
Ask Yourselfp. 119
11 When You Need Help Along the Wayp. 120
Alternative Career Servicesp. 121
Locating a Certified Career Professionalp. 128
Dealing With Difficult Backgroundsp. 128
Useful Books and Websitesp. 129
Ask Yourselfp. 131
Indexp. 133
The Authorsp. 137
Career Resourcesp. 139