You’ve perfected your resume and now you finally have that interview. Now what? Believe it or not, a stellar resume does not ensure success if your interview is a bomb. If your interview skills were not great before the tough job market, it’s definitely time to step up your game. Where do you get started?
Ten Minutes to the Job Interview – Your last-minute guide and checklist for securing a position, a promotion, a paycheck by Rachel Ingegneri is a quick read, reference book that packs a big punch in helping you to get those interview skills under control. The book is divided into sections that reference each step in the search for employment. This information is explained in the “How to Use This Book” section in the front of the book. This is particularly helpful so that you will not need to read the book from cover to cover to find the information that you need at any particular step in the process. This same format is used at the beginning of each chapter so that you can readily pinpoint information there as well.
For example, Section II of the book is entitled “The Checklist”. This section covers information such as what to wear to the interview, making sure you know how to get to the correct address and that you’re there on time. One of the important points that the book makes is that you should attend the interviews alone. Showing up with family and friends in tow will definitely make an impression on the interviewer, but probably not the impression you want.
One of the most frequent concerns that I hear from interviewees is that they never know what to say to those “difficult questions”. These questions include questionable employment history, strengths and weaknesses and a variety of other tricky interview questions. As the author states, “focus on your accomplishments” to answer the questions. It’s important, however, to keep the information professional and work related. Another excellent point is that you never want to forget that you’re in a job interview and that there is some information best kept to yourself.
The end of the interview is just as important as the beginning and the middle. Show the interviewer that you are interested by doing research on the company before the interview. When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, you’ll be ready. Don’t just ask arbitrary questions, make sure that they are brief and pertain directly to the company. It’s not the time for you to become the interviewer.
No self-help book on the job search would be complete, however, without a reference section. Ten Minutes to the Job Interview provides additional resources regarding the current top job seeking resources. At only 112 pages, Ten Minutes to the Job Interview is the perfect pocketsize reference guide to help you get to and through your next job interview.