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This Short Book Can Make a Big Difference

This small book has a specific purpose: to help you quickly improve your job interview skills. Despite all the advances in hiring technology, most people still get hiredor, more often, screened outbased on a personal interview. Of course, you need the necessary job-related skills to be considered for a job, but how well you do in the interview often makes the difference in whether you get a job offer or not. But can you easily improve your interviewing skills? And if you can, will it help you get a better job than you might otherwise? The answer is "Yes!" And this book shows you how.

You can learn techniques to present yourself more effectively in an interview. Most people can dramatically improve their interviewing skills in a short time. My experience with thousands of job seekers is that just a few hours of learning and practice is often enough to make a big difference.

You will learn more than just how to interview. Although this book emphasizes interview skills, it also covers how to get interviews in the first place, follow up after an interview, and negotiate your salary.

You can find a good fit without being phony. Unlike some interviewing experts, I believe that you should tell the truth in an interview. I don't believe it is either necessary or good to manipulate a prospective employer into hiring you based on phony interviewing skills. I encourage you to identify the skills you have and then clearly define where and how you want to use them. If you present those skills to the right people, you will get the right job for the right reasons.

The interviewing techniques are based on research and common sense.

Although I certainly have my opinions, many of the methods I suggest have a solid basis in research and have been field tested over many years by me or by others. My interest has always been to find more effective ways to help people get good jobs in less time. Often, research just seems to back up what makes sense.

I wish you well in your interviews and your life.

A Brief Introduction to Using This Book

Ideally, the best way to prepare for an interview is to research the organization and the job for a week or two, get a good handle on your qualifications and experience, and carefully consider your responses to the tough questions that might come up. But you have an interview tomorrow and have been too busy to prepare before now. How can you get up to speed tonight?

1. Read some quick tips that will dramatically improve your performance. The tips in chapter 1 will quickly help you improve your interviewing skillsenough for an interview later today or tomorrow. They provide a short but thorough interviewing course and will teach you far more than most of your competition knows about interviewing.

2. Know thyself. Use the worksheets in chapter 2 to quantify what you can do so that you can present yourself well to the interviewer.

3. Get the inside scoop. Chapter 3 shows you some quick ways to find information about the job and the organization that will come in handy in the interview.

4. Know how to answer the key interview questions. Chapter 4 shows you a process for answering most interview questions, and then uses it to create solid answers to 10 frequently asked problem questions.

5. Be ready to handle unusual questions in a positive way. Chapter 5 gives advice on handling difficult questions about your personal situation and convincing an employer why you should be hired over someone else.

6. Go out and get more interviews. You have to get interviews before you can do well in them. So, as soon as you learn to improve your interviewing skills, your next task is to get lots of interviews. Chapter 6 provides a quick review of the most effective methods I know to get more and better interviews.

7. Follow up. Often the key to turning interviews into offers is following up effectively. Chapter 7 shows you how to keep yourself foremost in the interviewer's mind.

8. Negotiate your salary. The interview went well, and you've been offered the job! But how can you be sure you're getting the salary you're worth? Chapter 8 gives you insights on how to handle this stressful phase of the interview process.

There is no need to read these materials sequentially; just spend time where you think the biggest payoff is for you and where you need the most help. So what are you waiting for? Jump right in and start improving your interview skills right now!

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