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Crazy Good Interviewing: How Acting A Little Crazy Can Get You The Job

Book Description

How acting a little crazy and thinking outside of the box can get you the job you want

Ever hear of a job candidate stretching out on the interviewer's floor to fill out an application? Or an applicant who sees nothing wrong with texting during the interview? Securing a job interview is a golden opportunity. The crazy-bad behavior described above will not net a job offer. Crazy Good Interviewing shows readers that crazy-good behavior, however, can make an applicant stand out favorably in a sea of mediocrity. Take the candidate who created a keynote presentation on his iPad to show what he could bring to the job or the one who created a DVD highlighting her abilities.

Crazy Good Interviewing is a book geared toward those who are looking for work in this tough economy.

  • Addresses how slightly eccentric behaviors can tip the scales in the applicant's favor

  • Delves into how to access your three key strengths, how to use body language effectively, how to prepare a five-sentence history that builds a bridge to the interviewer, and more

Turn just plain crazy into crazy-good, and land the job at your next interview.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Praise Page
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Foreword
  7. Acknowledgments
    1. From John B. Molidor, Ph.D.
    2. From Barbara Parus
    3. From John and Barbara
  8. Chapter 1: Job Hunting in a Crazy Economy
    1. Job Market Overview
    2. Why Is the Interview So Important?
    3. What Makes Me an Expert?
  9. Chapter 2: Go Crazy—In a Good Way
    1. How Do You Rate?
    2. Introducing the “Psychotron”
    3. What's Crazy Bad Behavior?
    4. What's Crazy Good Behavior?
  10. Chapter 3: First Impressions Are Lasting Impressions
    1. Look at the Research
    2. Exceptions to the Rule
    3. The Rating Game
    4. Preparation Is Key
    5. Get Ready to “Act Out”
  11. Part I: ACT Out: Assess
    1. Chapter 4: Everything from Soup to Nuts
      1. Your Strengths and Limitations
      2. Assessment Instruments
      3. What's Your Weak Spot?
      4. Human Interaction: Where the Action Is
      5. Education: Know Your Own Strengths
      6. Jobs that Don't Require College Degrees
      7. Skills and Work Experience
      8. Areas of Improvement
      9. The Best Policy
    2. Chapter 5: Wild, Wacky, and Wonderful You
      1. Biology 101
      2. Personality 101
      3. Introversion versus Extraversion: Are You In or Out?
      4. Interpersonal Skills: Can You Relate?
      5. Your Assignment
      6. Enthusiasm and Motivation: Rah-Rah, Sis-Boom-Bah!
      7. Problem Solving: What's Your Problem?
      8. Creativity: Thinking Outside the Box
      9. Life Experiences 101
      10. Hobbies and Interests: What Do You Do in Your Spare Time?
      11. Netting a Job Offer
    3. Chapter 6: Selling “Crazy”: Your Unique Value Proposition
      1. Think “Log Line”
      2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition
      3. Your Five-Sentence Personal History
      4. Why Anecdotes Work
      5. The Power of Three
      6. Mad About Metaphors
    4. Chapter 7: Your Worldview on Work
      1. Applying Your Worldview to Work
      2. Work Makes the World Go 'Round
      3. Worldview Provides Career Direction
      4. Mapping a Career Plan
      5. When Job and Worldview Don't Align
      6. Square Peg, Round Hole
  12. Part II: ACT Out: Communicate
    1. Chapter 8: Bridge the Generational Gap with Crazy Good Behavior
      1. Defining “Generation”
      2. The Sound of “Silents” (Born 1925–1945)
      3. Big, Bad Baby Boomers (Born 1946–1964)
      4. Old and New
      5. The Internet Generation X (Born 1965–1983)
      6. High-Tech Generation Y (Born 1984–2002)
    2. Chapter 9: Types of Interviews
      1. Phone Interviews: Can You Hear Me Now?
      2. Before the Interview: Ready and Waiting
      3. During the Interview
      4. Skype: Smile for the Camera!
      5. FaceTime
      6. One-on-One Interview: Up Close and Personal
      7. It's Showtime!
      8. Play Nice
      9. All Ears
      10. Panel Interview: All Eyes on You
      11. Make One-on-One Connections
      12. Turning “You're Fired!” into “You're Hired!”
      13. Group Interview: When You're One Among Many
    3. Chapter 10: Head Games
      1. Games Interviewers Play
      2. Tension Relievers
    4. Chapter 11: Looking Good… Crazy Good
      1. Perceiving Is Believing
      2. Putting It All Together
      3. For Men Only
      4. For Women Only
    5. Chapter 12: Use Body Language to Make a Crazy Good Impression
      1. Make Crazy Good Eye Contact
      2. Posture Perfect
      3. Gestures and Facial Expressions
    6. Chapter 13: Voiceovers: Your Voice Speaks Volumes
      1. Sound Off: Elements of Voice
  13. Part III: ACT Out: Communicate
    1. Chapter 14: After the Interview: Thank 'em Like Crazy
      1. The Waiting Game
      2. Crazy Bad Follow-Up Efforts
    2. Chapter 15: Post-Interview Self-Evaluation: How Did You Do?
      1. Rate Yourself; Don't Berate Yourself
      2. Do You Really Want to Work There?
      3. Moral Dilemmas
    3. Chapter 16: Putting It All Together in a Crazy Good Way
      1. Establish Your Power Base
      2. Use a Crazy Good Interview Strategy
      3. Use Crazy Good Behaviors to Get the Job
      4. Sell Yourself Like Crazy
      5. Be Yourself, in a Crazy Good Way
      6. Research the Employer Like Crazy
      7. Research the Interviewer(s) Like Crazy
      8. Practice Like Crazy
      9. Take the Stage
  14. Appendix: 150 Frequently Asked Questions
    1. Opening Remarks and Comments
    2. Old-Time Favorite Questions
    3. Motivation Questions
    4. Teamwork Questions
    5. Leadership Questions
    6. Communication/Self-Management Questions
    7. Self-Awareness Questions
    8. Skill-Based Questions
    9. Offbeat Questions
    10. Closing Comments and Questions
    11. Illegal Questions
    12. Questions to Ask Interviewers
  15. Index