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 skills-enough 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!
Quick and Essential Tips for Tomorrow's Interview
The interview is the most important 60 minutes in the job search. A great deal is at stake, yet the research indicates that most people are not well-prepared for the interview process. This lack of preparation can be good news for you, because reading this book can help you substantially improve your interviewing skills, thereby giving you an advantage over the majority of job seekers.
I have observed many employers who are willing to hire people who present themselves well in an interview over others with superior credentials. This chapter is based on substantial research into how employers decide on hiring one person over another. Although the interview itself is an incredibly complex interaction, I have found that there are simple things you can do that make a big difference in getting a job offer. This chapter presents some of the things I have learned over the years, and I hope you find them helpful.