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III. Interviewing

blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Landing the Interview
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Preparation
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  General Advice & Miscellaneous Tips
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Interview Types: Telephone, Case, Behavioral, Stress, Group & Panel
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Interview Questions: Yours and Theirs
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Interview Follow-Up

[Getting the Job Part I: Preparation]
[Getting the Job Part II: Job-Search Letters]
[Getting the Job Part IV: Miscellaneous]

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Landing the Interview

•  Getting in the door
Author offers an aggressive method to get noticed, and says don't knock it until you've tried it.

•  Landing interviews
Pointers on how to go about getting interviews for the job you have in mind.

•  When inquiring about a job, is it better to call or write a letter?
Many job seekers either use the phone incorrectly or avoid it and write letters instead. Calling on the phone is an active approach, because you are making personal contact rather than sending impersonal correspondence.

•  Phone strategies for getting an interview
Once you have developed your phone script, you need to know how to use it effectively. Here are some tried and true tips.

•  Can you really get a foot in the door over the telephone?
Knowing how to make the phone your best ally, with a few proven telephone techniques, can drown out the voice of fear and keep you on the straight path to that new job.

•  Phone call could get foot in door
The phone offers an excellent alternative for career changers, job hoppers, or simply candidates who don't precisely meet a job's specifications.

•  Tips for surviving the cold call
Although cold calling is an acceptable and occasionally effective way to land a new job, it can be one of the most daunting tasks of a job search.

•  Phones alone won't get you an interview
The most creative and persistent individuals become the most successful at finding a position. The significance in the interactions listed here is that interviews were obtained without use of a resume.

•  Cold calling
One of the best methods to obtain action and cut costs in a job search is to use a proactive method -- the telephone.

•  Telephone scripts
What is a telephone script? It’s a condensed version of your resume to use during a telephone contact.

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•  Test Your Interview Quotient
How well will you do on your next job interview? Play SunTrust’s IQ Game now and find out.

•  The Interview Success Plan
Step-by-step plan that identifies the key requirements of the job that you're interviewing for, gives you practice interview questions, and then helps you build a series of practice job interviews.

•  Stand and deliver in job interviews
Being glib in an interview doesn't mean you can do a bang-up job, but lots of employers perceive that it does. So, like it or not, you've got to work at improving your response time.

•  Reach your interviewing peak
Without the right preparation, what might otherwise be an uphill climb can easily turn into a landslide. Here are a few interview preparation tips that books on the subject sometimes overlook.

•  Interview pre-flight checklist
You won't need all of these items, but read through the checklist to be sure you don't forget something vital or show up unprepared.

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General Advice & Miscellaneous Tips

•  CareerBuilder's "How to" Guide: Job Interviews
Seven-part guide.

•  The Job Interview
Huge collection of handy tips.

•  Interviewing FAQs: Advice, Answers, Techniques and Strategies

•  The interview
Concise advice.

•  Pleasant people have easier time landing job
Your attitude and demeanor during the job interview are among the most important channels of communication with the interviewer.

•  Zen and the enlightened job interview
What does Zen Buddhism have to do with conducting a successful job interview? Well, there are some interesting similarities, with variations on the theme, that come into play.

•  The riddle of job interviews
It's the latest twist in hiring techniques -- asking brainteaser questions on obscure subjects to test for mental agility. Be prepared!

•  The job interview
Research has shown that the job interview itself can influence the hiring process as much or more than your background and experience. It's fortunate because you can improve your job interviewing skills, yet there is little you can do about your background.

•  How to "speed read" hiring managers
Suppose you could quickly size up your interviewer and peer inside his head to learn what he considers important and how he makes decisions. You’d then be able to tailor your presentation to the way he prefers to hear and learn.

•  Tell 'em what they need to hear
Be too much the sycophant in a job interview and you'll kill the one thing that could put you over the top in your career: your unique point of view.

•  The new interview
A good headhunter will not let a candidate meet with a client unless the
candidate is ready and able to control the interview by making it a hands-on, at-work meeting that focuses on the work that needs to be done. If you spend an interview doing anything else, your effort is wasted.

•  Three qualities to captivate interviewers
If you do nothing else, concentrate of making these three points during your interviews.

•  Don't compete with yourself
While you are trying to perform well in an interview, you may inadvertently do things that prevent you from achieving your goal. People compete with their own efforts to succeed in two main ways.

•  A job interview is not a contest
An examination of what commonly happens during an interview that creates an adversarial atmosphere, and how to avoid it so that both of you wind up on the same side of the net.

•  Watching for the red flags
Interviews aren't just about securing offers, they are opportunities to assess whether or not you're a match for particular jobs. Here are the five areas you should be sure to address in an interview.

•  Are hidden fears hurting you in interviews?
Job applicants often don’t realize that subconscious mental and emotional issues make them relate poorly to interviewers. These obstacles can cause even verbose candidates to freeze up.

•  When interviews don't produce job offers
There are at least eight reasons you could be failing.

•  How to handle tough interviews
How should you conduct yourself during unusually challenging interviews?

•  Avoid all negatives in the interview
It is surprising how many people remove themselves from consideration before they even get a job offer by bringing up negatives.

•  Don't put yourself first in interview
Employers are practical, results-oriented people. They are not interested in what you may be able to do for yourself. They want to know what you have done and can do for them.

•  Good first impressions vital in interviews
The first five minutes of the job interview are critical in the selection process. In a job fair situation, five minutes may be all the time a candidate is allowed.

•  The hidden agenda for a job interview
No matter how comfortable you are with the interviewing process, it is important to note that two plans are being played out -- the classic interview agenda and the "forgotten" agenda.

•  The art of selling yourself in an interview
When the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University asked 50 corporate recruiters about interview style, many said they were most impressed with candidates who could captivate them with accounts of their work experience.

•  To get that job -- communicate
The bottom line: The better you communicate, the better job you'll get and the sooner you'll get it.

•  Going the distance
A cautionary tale of two out-of-state interviews gone awry.

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Telephone Interviews

•  The telephone interview: Today's toughest interview environment
Telephone interviews can be one of the most uncomfortable pieces of the job-seeking puzzle. Still, most employers use them as a regular part of the hiring process.

•  Improve your telephone interview performance
You can drastically improve your presentation over the telephone by practicing.

•  How to ace the telephone interview
When applicants have a scheduled interview with a potential employer, they are
generally prepared for it because they have time to do the appropriate research on the company and prepare for the interview questions. However, most applicants are caught off guard when an employer calls them for a telephone interview.

•  Telephone interviewing tips
Many employers conduct telephone interviews as an initial screening, especially for applicants who would have to travel long distances to interview in person.

•  Telephone interviews
You should prepare for a telephone interview in many of the same ways you would prepare for an interview in person. But, obviously, you do not have the benefit of body language to help you sell yourself to the interviewer, and it's more important than ever to pay attention to the tone of your voice.

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Case Interviews

•  Case interviews
Many a person who has passed regular interviews with flying colours and gotten fantastic job offers from good companies, has crashed and burned in the case interview, simply because they weren’t smart enough.

•  Types of cases
All cases fall into two broad categories -- long and short (the reference being
to time).

•  Acing the case interview
Acing the case interview is extremely difficult, and relatively easy. The hard part is getting good at them; the easy part is, when you are good at them, you do well in most.

•  The case interview
Case interviews are used to measure your problem solving ability, your tolerance for ambiguity, and your communication skills along several dimensions.

•  Get prepared for your (case) interview
Example cases and brain teasers from the Boston Consulting Group.

•  How to ace the case interview
Typically utilized by consulting firms, the case interview evaluates an applicant's analytical skills while introducing her to the kind of tasks consultants confront.

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Behavioral Interviews

•  Tricky questions reign in behavioral interviews
Now that the job market has improved for candidates, it’s less common for
interviewers to rely solely on behavior-based questions. However, most interviewers routinely include several behavioral questions along with more
standard general questions.

•  Behavioral interviews
Behavior based interviewing focuses on experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities that are job related. It is based on the belief that past behavior and performance predicts future behavior and performance.

•  Behavioral interviewing
Even if you don't have a lot of work experience, companies expect you to be able to relate any past experience to the job for which you are interviewing.

•  Behavioral interviews: A job candidate's toughest obstacle
The interviewer determines the knowledge, skills, and behaviors (often referred to as competencies) that are essential for success in a position. Candidates can prepare for behavioral interviews by identifying specific examples for each of these competencies.

•  Acing behavioral interviews
The behavioral-based interview allows hiring executives to assess applicants more thoroughly, fairly and accurately than other methods, say  human resources specialists.

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Stress Interviews

•  The stress interview
Our worst nightmare can come true at a stress interview, but once you learn that these questions are just amplified versions of much simpler ones, you'll remain cool and calm.

•  How to stay graceful in a stress interview
Stress interviews test how well you react to pressure.

•  Stress interviews
The secret of success is to stay calm and not let the interviewer fluster you.

•  How to beat the stress interview
If you find yourself facing several interviewers who stare at you intently, or who
fire questions at a rude, rapid pace while someone watches your every move
(waiting to see what your body language reveals), you need to take control of
the interview.

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Group & Panel Interviews

•  Group/panel interviewing tips
Typically, you will be informed in advance if you will be interviewed by more
than one person; however, don't be surprised if the situation arises without notice.

•  Outnumbered
Even people who enjoy the interview process tend to wilt when it comes to group interviews. After all, you're walking into a room full of people who all know each other well and are going to talk about you later.

•  Under fire: The group interview
Sooner or later you may walk into a job interview and find not just one but several people waiting to fire questions at you. Although this kind of interview can be particularly stressful -- especially if you aren't expecting it -- don't

•  How to survive a team interview
Team interviews are more challenging than traditional encounters. But when
handled well, you can show several people at once that you have the right

•  Team interviews
The team interview subscribes to the notion that the more people involved in the hiring decision, the better the chances are of hiring the best candidate.

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Interview Questions:
Yours and Theirs

•  Asking questions: An essential and overlooked step
You must be prepared to ask questions to reveal a potential employer's problems and position yourself as the answer to those problems. If you don't have any questions, the interviewer will likely be left with one or more of these impressions of you.

•  Asking questions during a job interview
At most interviews, you will be invited to ask questions of your interviewer. This is an important opportunity for you to learn more about the employer, and for the interviewer to further evaluate you as a job candidate. It requires some advance preparation on your part.

•  Asking the right questions
Most job hunters equate the word “interview” with something akin to “inquisition.” They concentrate so hard on thinking of answers to the interviewer's questions that they overlook the importance of the questions they themselves can ask.

•  The right answer for a successful interview
Four of the most common questions you may have to field.

•  The practice interview
Answering these questions will help you polish your interviewing techniques.

•  World's Biggest Job Interview Question Bank
More than 1,000 questions asked by job interviewers, organized into nine categories.

•  Ten interview questions
Questions and answers to help you prepare for your interviews.

•  The right answer to tough interview questions
No matter how hard you try to disguise the fact that you are "well-prepared" for a particular question, unless you are an accomplished actor, it comes off sounding slightly phony.

•  How to deal with questionable questions during an interview
What employers don't know about a job candidate's  personal life can't hurt the candidate. Employers should limit questions and likewise interviewees should limit answers to knowledge and qualifications necessary to perform a job's functions.

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Interview Follow-Up

•  Following up after a job interview
Follow-up is the only technique that influences the person who interviewed you. You may think you can get a job through a search firm, answering an ad, networking, or directly contacting a company. But what you get are interviews, not jobs.

•  How to follow up after an interview
Interviewers love to be thanked, and a thank-you note shows consideration and allows you to confirm your interest. Nevertheless, how you go about writing the thank you -- what you say, how you say it, and who you say it to -- could make or break your candidacy.

•  Interview follow-up
First, write down everything you can remember from the interview.

•  Interview's over, but it's just begun
Most job seekers figure that once they've had an interview, that's the end. Either they get the job or they don't, and there's nothing they can do to affect the outcome. The truth is there are a number of steps that can be taken.

•  What is the correct way to follow up an interview?
Writing a thank-you letter should be the first thing you do after an interview.

•  Thank-you letters
The thank you letter is your opportunity to reiterate what was said in the interview, remind the employer why you are an ideal candidate for the position, and thank the employer for his/her time and consideration.

•  An essential follow-up: The thank-you note
The letter of thanks for a job interview is the last chance you are likely to get to make a lively and vivid impression on the person who may hire you.

•  Why thank-you letters aren't enough anymore
It's common courtesy for job hunters to send a thank-you letter to hiring
managers after interviewing. So common, in fact, that it no longer makes much of an impact.

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