It's safe to say that just about everybody, at some point in their lives, will have the opportunity to participate in a job interview. Whether you're just embarking on a new career after graduation, searching for new opportunities, or going back to work after some time out of the work force, you will be involved in an interview. In fact, the job interview is the most important step in winning a job. A great resume may get you noticed, but how you actually come across to a future employer during a job interview is what will help you land a job.
You can never be too prepared for a job interview. From researching the company to rehearsing your answers, the job interview is one case where practice definitely makes perfect. Whether you're out there looking for your very first job or are a seasoned professional, job interviews can be a nerve-racking experience—and for good reason. It is during the interview that many otherwise qualified people lose their chance at employment.
It is important to know the rules of the job interview: what to wear, what to say, and what to do when it's over. The goal of this book is to answer each and every question you may have when it comes to interviewing for a new job. By absorbing the important lessons in this book, you'll acquire the confidence you need to sail through the interview.
The book is divided into three basic parts. Part I will guide you through job interview strategies. It will help you define your goals and explain the importance of career tests and the differences between corporate recruiters, search consultants, and career counselors. It will guide you through the intricacies of cover letters, interview research, and even grooming. The strategies you learn here will cover everything you need to know. Before you step out the door on your way to the interview, you'll feel confident and well prepared.
Part II looks closely at the different types of interviews, from the one-on-one traditional interview to alternative interview types that are becoming more popular because of technology, like videoconferencing and Skype. And you'll learn some special techniques for dealing with lunch interviews and group interviews.
Part III provides extensive coverage of the wide array of interview questions you should be prepared for. You'll find more than sixty tough questions about your ability and compatibility—with the right and wrong ways to answer them. You'll be coached on how to talk about your accomplishments so that your interviewer's eyes won't glaze over. You'll be advised about trick questions you may encounter on career goals and personal interests. Finally, there's a section devoted to special situations for individual needs, whether you're a student or recent graduate, you're making a career change, or you're a parent or a senior re-entering the job market.
In the appendix you'll find a quick guide to sample questions in various fields. Look up your field—whether it's accounting or marketing or communications or educational services or technology—and you'll be quickly briefed on the questions you may be asked.
By taking advantage of the many ideas and tips you'll find here, you can help to ensure that your next job interview—and every one after that—will be successful!