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Quintessential Careers Content Index:
Job Interviewing


 

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Top Tips for How to Ace Your Online Video Job Interview
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2014, January 6
Summary: Advice for job-seekers in how to prepare, manage -- and succeed -- in Webcam, Skype, Google Hangout, or Facetime Job interviews.

 

That Sale (of Yourself) to the Employer: The TARZO Job Interview Sales Process for Job-Seekers
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2013, August 20
Summary: Presents a job-seeker sales system for job interviews based on classical sales formulas; an adaptation of seven-step personal-selling process.

 

Five Ways to Assure a Successful Job Interview
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2013, August 20
Summary: Discusses five proven methods, techniques to help job-seekers assure a successful job interview, ideally resulting in second interview, job offer from employer.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Interviews: Comprehensive Job Interviewing FAQ
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2012, June 15
Summary: A comprehensive collection of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about job interviewing.

 

15 Quick Tips For Acing The Job Interview
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2011, June 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: Over the years we have counseled thousands of job-seekers on how to excel in the interview -- and we offer the very best of our advice in this article, which provides our list of the 15 best tips for acing the job interview.

 

Smart People, Dumb Interviews: Why the Best Candidate Doesn't Always Get the Job
By: Pamela Skillings
Published: 2011, June 13
Summary: Based on her experience as a hiring manager and my interview coaching work with hundreds of job-seekers each year, author Pamela Skillings has identified some common interview mistakes that sabotage even the strongest candidates -- and some tips for avoiding them.

 

Why Should We Hire You? Responding to the Job-Interview Concern that Underlies All Questions
By: Miriam Salpeter
Published: 2011, June 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: Answering the "Why Should We Hire You?" question well requires two things: knowing what you offer and understanding what the organization wants; these elements are equally important. This article explains.

 

10 Best Job Interview Tips for Job-Seekers
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2010, Nov. 15
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: This article focuses on the 10 most important -- the 10 best -- job-interviewing tips for job-seekers.

 

The Truth About How To Answer the Top 10 Job Interview Questions
By: David Couper
Published: 2010, Oct. 11
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: Research indicates that one reason job-seekers do not spend more time preparing for interviews is that they believe they have no way of knowing what questions will be asked. That's true to an extent, but some questions are asked fairly consistently in interviews. This article offers advice on responding to a subjectively selected set of 10 frequently asked interview questions.

 

Top Twenty Executive Interview Pet Peeves from Hiring Decision-Makers
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2010, Jan. 11
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: Through a list of the top 20 executive-interview pet peeves, hiring decision-makers reveal the landmines aspiring executives can avoid in job interviews.

 

Ten Deadly Sins of Interviewing: Top Ways to Bomb a Job Interview
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2009, April 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: The purpose of this article is to help you realize some potentially serious errors and interviewing flaws that can knock your candidacy completely off track, leading you to bomb the interview and lose a potential job opportunity.

 

Unspoken Secrets of Job Interviewing: How Your Nonverbal Presentation and Behaviors Impact the Impression You Make
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2009, April 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: The content of what you say in response to questions (and the content of questions you ask) is obviously exceedingly important in a job interview. What is less well known is the importance of the part of the interview that isn't spoken -- the way you present yourself and behave nonverbally. This article explains.

 

Consider Delivering a Sales Presentation in Your Interview
By: Eric Kramer
Published: 2009, April 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: By thinking and acting like a salesperson, a job candidate becomes an active participant in the interview as opposed to a passive participant hoping for the right questions. The hiring manager has the advantage of observing the candidate presenting information and responding to questions. An interview presentation improves the interview process assuring the company buys the best services from the right vendor. This article explains.

 

Interviewing Prep: Job Interview Checklist
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D. and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2008, May 19
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: Are you going on a job interview soon? Use this thorough checklist to guide you through the interview preparation process and move you closer to successfully attaining the job you seek.

 

Job Interview Post Mortem Deconstructing Your Job Interviews Highs and Lows
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2008, May 19
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: Is there any point in reliving a job interview you've just gone on? Can any good come from analyzing it and ruminating on it? While it's tempting to feel that there's no reason to cry over spilled milk, conducting a post-mortem exam on your interview serves at least two purposes. This article explains.

 

Mind Mapping A Tool for Job Interview Prep
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2008, May 19
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: One of the biggest tricks in job interviews is being prepared with responses to possible interview questions. You don't know exactly what will be asked, but ideally you have a body of content in your brain that you can draw from based on your skills, experience, accomplishments, and knowledge of the employer you're interviewing with (as well as your fit with that employer). The real feat is being able to keep all that information organized in your brain so you can easily access it as you respond to the interviewer's questions. This article tells how mind-mapping can help you do that.

 

Are You Ready for an Unexpected Job Interview?
By: Deborah Walker
Published: 2007, Aug. 20
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: To know if your skills are sharp enough to handle a surprise interview, see if you can answer the four questions in this article.

 

Twenty-Four-Hour Countdown to the Interview
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2007, Aug. 20
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: The smooth 24 hours of preparation for your job interview described in this article should ensure a long run when you get that job offer.

 

Closing the Sale and Overcoming Objections in the Job Interview
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. and Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2006, June 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: This article shows you how, in the job interview, you can emulate the way salespeople overcome objections and close sales -- and how using this technique will take you one step closer to the job offer.

 

Best Bet for Interview Prep Rehearsed Mock, and Video-Recorded Interviews
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2006, June 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: Practice will help you reduce interview anxiety, improve your interview skills, and in many cases, gain important feedback about how you interview. It will also help you sharpen your communication skills -- and poor communication skills were the number one turn-off for hiring managers, according to a Society of Human Resource Management survey. This article describes several ways to practice before a job interview.

 

Promising Interview-Prep Technique Composing Written Responses to Interview Questions
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D. and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2006, March 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: Looking for a relatively painless way to prep effectively for a job interview? Try composing written responses to questions typically asked in job interviews.

 

Ten Sticky Job Interview Situations and How to Handle Them
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D. and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2005, Oct. 24
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: Job interviewing can be an unnerving experience, but if you know how to handle some of the stickiest situations encountered in interviewing, you can be that much more confident. This article presents 10 of the stickiest.

 

Situational Interviews and Stress Interviews What to Make of Them and How to Succeed in Them
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2005, Aug. 29
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: The best job-seekers not only prepare answers to typical interview questions, but also prepare for the type of interview expected. There are all sorts of job interviews: screening, traditional, behavioral, telephone, case, and panel. And two of the trends in interviewing are the use of situational interviewing and stress interviewing.

 

Using Career Success Stories in Interviews and Networking
By: Frank Traditi
Published: 2005, Aug. 29
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: While a hiring manager expects you to have all of the functional skills necessary for the job, he or she is much more interested in how you can use your special abilities to handle the challenges given to you if you were in the job. The big question is how do you demonstrate this ability in an interview when they haven't seen you at work yet? The most effective method is to tell a story. This article tells how.

 

Closing the Job Interview
By: Carole Martin
Published: 2004, Aug. 16
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: Closing the sale is important, but your closing should be tailored to the position; your personality and interviewing style, and the interviewer. Keeping these things in mind will help you determine which closing is appropriate for you and the situation.

 

Do's and Don'ts for Second (and Subsequent) Job Interviews
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2004, Aug. 16
Summary: It's gratifying to be called for a second or subsequent interview because you are another step closer to the job. Don't blow it now! Read our second-interview do's and don'ts.

 

Interview Callbacks Why an Employer May Invite You Back Multiple Times
By: Chandra Prasad
Published: 2004, Aug. 16
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: An excerpt from Prasad's book, Outwitting the Job Market: Everything You Need to Locate and Land a Great Position, Lyons Press.

 

Avoid These Ten Interview Bloopers
By: Deborah Walker
Published: 2004, July 19
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: We've all heard stories of job candidates who looked great on paper but who were absolute disasters in person. With fewer and fewer interview opportunities available in this competitive market, it's essential to make the best possible first impression. You can learn from the mistakes of others and avoid the top 10 worst interview blunders.

 

Job Interview Damage Control
By: Maureen Crawford Hentz
Published: 2004, July 19
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: Don't blow it! Sometimes, interviews tank. Perhaps the interviewer thinks you are too good looking for the job, or that red ties should be worn only on Tuesdays. There's very little you can do to salvage an interview under these conditions. However, arriving late, having a huge run in your stockings, and calling the employer by the wrong name are all recoverable errors. Stay calm, don't panic and read this article for more.

 

Job Interview as Sales Call: Three Essential Interview Skills
By: Deborah Walker
Published: 2003, June 23
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: With competition for good jobs at an all-time high, candidates who conduct their job search as a sales campaign consistently win out over those who don't. When job-seekers practice the skills of sales experts, as explained in this article, they learn to apply the strategies of a sales presentation to their job interviews.

 

Make a Lasting Impression at Job Interviews Using Questions
By: Clay Barrett
Published: 2003, June 23
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: When invited to ask questions, ASK THEM! But make those questions count. Show your interest in the company and establish yourself as a proactive thinker ready to find out what the tough challenges are and to tackle them. Just as important as giving the right answers in an interview is ... asking the right questions. This article explains.

 

Job-Interview Strategies for Teens, Part I: Interview Preparation
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2002, May 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: Our two-part article offers tips to help you cruise through job interviews confidently and land the job with flying colors. In Part I, we provide interview-preparation tips.

 

Job-Interview Strategies for Teens, Part II: During and After the Interview
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2002, May 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: Part I of this article offers teens tips on how to prepare for job interviews. Here in Part II we provide guidance in handling yourself at the interview and what to do afterwards to increase your chances of being hired.

 

College Student, Recent College Grad Behavioral Interview Practice Questions
By: n/a
Published: 2001, Dec. 12
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: Are you prepared for your next interview? How well can you answer these 20 behavioral job interview questions? Take our practice interview.

 

College Student Recent College Grad Traditional Interview Practice Questions
By: n/a
Published: 2001, Dec. 12
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: Are you prepared for your next interview? How well can you answer these 20 traditional job interview questions? Take our practice interview.

 

Job Interview Questions College Seniors Recent Grads
By: n/a
Published: n/a
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: A list of sample interview questions college seniors and recent grads can expect, especially at first, more traditional interviews.

 

College Student, Recent College Grad Mix of Interview Practice Questions
By: n/a
Published: 2001, Dec. 12
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: Are you prepared for your next interview? How well can you answer these 20 mixed job interview questions? Take our practice interview.

 

Established Job-Seeker or Career-Changer Traditional Interview Practice Questions
By: n/a
Published: 2001, Dec. 12
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: Are you prepared for your next interview? How well can you answer these 20 traditional job interview questions? Take our practice interview.

 

The 150 Typical Job Interview Questions
By: n/a
Published: 2001, Dec. 12
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: These 150 questions include both traditional and behavioral interview questions.

 

Mastering the Case Interview
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2001, Aug. 27
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: The case interview is employed primarily by management-consulting firms, as well as investment-banking companies, and is increasingly being used by other types of corporations as at least part of the job-interviewing process. Some firms use case interviews only for MBA-level job candidates, while others use them for undergraduates, as well. This article elaborates.

 

True Tale of a Case Interview Gone Bad
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2001, Aug. 27
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: A job-seeker's true story... This article encompasses the sad-but-true story of what can go wrong in a case interview.

 

Mastering the On-Site Interview A Guide to Company Visits
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2001, July 2
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: This article lists the 10 most critical things you need to know about successfully navigating a company visit. If you master each of these things, you should reasonably expect a job offer.

 

Phone Interview Etiquette Can Propel You to the Next Step in the Hiring Process
By: Maureen Crawford Hentz
Published: 2001, June 18
Summary: Phone interviews are terrifying to some job seekers and absolutely painless to others. Regardless of your feelings about phone interviews, you can develop techniques and skills that will maximize your phone interview's impact on the hiring staff. This article offers phone interviewing tips to get you going.

 

Phone Interviewing Do's and Don'ts
By: Maureen Crawford Hentz
Published: 2001, June 18
Summary: This article offers the keys to successful phone interviewing. Follow these simple rules and you should achieve success in this important phase of job-hunting.

 

Behavioral Interviewing Strategies for Job Seekers
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2001, Feb. 26
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: The premise behind behavioral interviewing is that the most accurate predictor of future performance is past performance in similar situations. This article describes how to prepare.

 

Ten Rules for Interview Success
By: n/a
Published: 2001, Feb. 26
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: The 10 rules in this article will help job-seekers to maximize potential employment opportunities.

 

Quintessential Careers Job Interviewing Quiz
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2000, Nov. 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: Think you're a job interviewing expert? Take the free Quintessential Careers Job Interviewing quiz and find out!

 

Job Interview Tutorial for Job-Seekers
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2000, Nov. 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: This job interviewing tutorial will guide you from the importance of establishing rapport, to nonverbal cues, to types of interviews and types of interview questions (and how to best answer them). This interviewing tutorial is full of strategies and tips -- for all levels and types of job-seekers.

 

Top Fifteen Job-Interview Questions
By: n/a
Published: 2000, Nov. 13
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: MonsterTrak.com has compiled a list of the top 15 interview questions from the country's leading employers, to help job seekers prepare for job interviews.

 

When Job-Hunting: Dress for Success
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2000, Oct. 23
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: Will dressing properly get you the job? Of course not, but it will give you a competitive edge and a positive first impression. This article tells more.

 

Job-Seeker Tips for Making Good First Impressions
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2000, Aug. 20
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: This article provides tips for making good first impressions in business and networking situations; with business cards, cover letters, and resumes; in job interviews; and when you are starting a new job.

 

Job Interview Do's and Don'ts
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2000, July 10
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: This article provides the keys to successful job interviewing. Follow these simple rules and you should achieve success in this important phase of job-hunting.

 

Acing the Behavioral Interview
By: Jeanne Knight
Published: n/a
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: Familiarizing yourself with the behavioral-interview style, crafting and practicing your stories, and doing some homework on the position you are seeking will ensure that you won't be caught off guard should you encounter a behavioral interview. This article explains.

 

Behavioral Interviews: A Great Showcase for You, But You Must Prepare Now
By: Joe Turner
Published: n/a
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: A behavioral interviewer will spend about half the interview on your job skills, and about half on your behavioral competencies. He or she will be looking for evidence of how you have acted in real situations in the past. So having your stories ready to go plays very well for this type of interview. This article tells more.

 

Job Interview Questions: College Seniors and Recent Grads
By: n/a
Published: n/a
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: A list of sample interview questions college seniors and recent grads can expect, especially at first, more traditional interviews.

 

Job Interview Questions Database Job Seekers
By: n/a
Published: n/a
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: We've developed The Interview Question Database and The Practice Interviews as essential tools for you to practice and perfect your answers to the most common interview questions.

 

Questions You Can Ask at the Job Interview
By: n/a
Published: n/a
Updated/Revised: 2012, July
Summary: Job-seekers need to ask questions in job interviews; this article provides a list of some questions you can ask your prospective employer.

 

Types of Job Interviews
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: n/a
Updated/Revised: 2012, Oct.
Summary: Job-seekers going on job interviews can basically expect one of two styles of interviewing. While the styles differ, there are some basic activities job-seekers need to do both before and after the interview in order to succeed. This article explains.

 


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