Job Interview Books

Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions features more answers to more questions than any other job interviewing guide. Sell yourself with style and win the interview game! The most crucial part of your job search is knowing how to respond to the toughest interview questions because the best candidate doesn’t necessarily get the job….the best interviewee does! In Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions, expert Matthew J. DeLuca reveals the secret agenda behind every kind of question interviewers ask, and prepares you to answer them all. Never again be at loss for words when an interviewer hits you with an icebreaker…thought provoker…curve ball…stress tester…and even an illegal question that shouldn’t be asked but needs an answer.

Sell Yourself! Master the Job Interview Process teaches individuals, from all walks of life, to sell and promote themselves during the job interview process. Written by Jane Williams, best-selling author of the Insider’s Guide to the World of Pharmaceutical Sales, this book provides the necessary insight, information, and tools needed for a job seeker to successfully attain their desired position. The one thing that all successful job seekers have in common is a well developed ability to sell themselves. This is true regardless of whether you have applied for a sales position, teaching position, administrative position, graphic design position, or any other position. The best salesperson always gets the job!

Actors specialize in the skills you need to excel at interviews: self-confidence, verbal communication and body language, and knowing how to project the desired image. Here, the directors of a consulting firm that applies acting techniques to success in the business world share their step-by-step training program to help you ace your own “audition.” You’ll learn trade secrets for conquering stage fright, how to research the “role” you’re applying for, how to look the part, how to deal with job-hunting stress–and how to use simple exercises for effective verbal and physical communication. With each interview, the curtain rises on a new opportunity. With the seven steps in this book, you can get ready to take a bow!

Written for all job seekers – new entrants, midlevel people, very experienced individuals, and technical and non-technical job seekers – Job Interviews For Dummies is packed with the building blocks of show-stopping interviews. These range from strategies and techniques to sample dialogue and research tips. Interviewing for a job is kind of like a stage performance, and if you want metaphorical standing ovations, then follow the guidelines offered in these pages.

In this book, you’ll explore the basics of interviewing, from how to dress to how to answer all sorts of questions – questions about you, your interest in the company, your experience, you education and training, your skills, your age, and questions they shouldn’t ask but sometimes do anyway. You’ll also uncover information about

Practicing for your interview, and why it’s so important
Recognizing the mind games of job testing
Wooing reviewers who give you good references
Identifying various interviewing scenarios which you should expect
Answering questions to sell yourself.
Understanding new interviewing technology, such as telephone interviews and video transmissions.
On the stress scale, interviewing for a job ranks with making speeches before a vegetable-throwing crowd. Stress is such a big issue that some interviewees take tranquilizers or beta blockers to reduce it. A better way exists: Master the job-interviewing process. Get the winning ways down pat, and you’ll have a special kind of insurance the rest of your working days. This guide can help.

Asking the right questions can help job seekers ace the interview and land the job. The most critical question job interviewers ask is often the last one. That’s when they lean forward and say, “Do you have any questions?” As author John Kador points out, that’s the applicants’ moment to shine, to demonstrate that they have done their homework and that they’re good fit with the organization. Most of all, it provides the job applicant with an opportunity to ask for the job. A powerful resource for vast and growing numbers of job seekers, this book fills readers in on the pivotal questions they need to ask to ace the interview. With chapters organized around major themes, such as “the company,” “the job,” and “the community,” 201 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview not only supplies job seekers with the right questions for virtually every context but also coaches them on the right ways to ask.

In this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, author, psychologist, and career expert Dr. Paul Powers shows job hunters how to find and land a job they love. Winning Job Interviews demystifies job interviewing, explains why the process actually favors the job seeker, and shows how you can dramatically improve your interviewing success. Winning Job Interviews is packed with insider tips Dr. Paul has learned from over twenty years of working with job hunters, career changers, employment managers, outplacement specialists, and executive recruiters. In this book, you will learn how to:

Overcome the “deadly dozen” roadblocks to effective job hunting.
Out-prepare your competition.
Predict 90% of the questions you’ll be asked.
Always have a fail-safe answer for even the toughest question.
Use time-tested, super sales techniques to subtly pave the road to the job offer you want.
Packed with solid, practical information and laced with both humor and “kick in the pants” motivation, Winning Job Interviews is the book you wished you had before your last interview.

Resume Writing

op resume writers share their secrets to help you land the job you want! Members of the Professional Association of Resume Writers have pooled their expertise to create 101 of the very best resumes available anywhere. Find out how you can create cover letters and resumes that get jobs, target your resume for specific positions, use different formats to get noticed, and much more. Throughout the book are more than 175 street-smart tips on everything from interviewing, to salary negotiating, networking, and working with executive recruiters. Get the best of the best resumes to help you compete in today’s tough job market.

Text provides a practical and comprehensive guide to resume preparation. Includes sections on networking, using the Internet, cover and personal sales letters, and other helpful topics.

The first step to getting a great job is writing a great resume. The career professionals at have years of experience helping job-hunters craft unbeatable resumes, and now you can tap into that experience yourself. The Guide to Writing Unbeatable Resumes includes detailed, real-world sample resumes for almost every profession, along with proven strategies for getting noticed–and getting the job.

More than just a resume guide, this comprehensive career resource covers all four steps of the job search process–career planning, resume writing, marketing yourself to employers, and, finally, interviewing. You’ll not only craft the best possible resume for any position, you’ll write winning cover letters and follow-up letters that make employers take notice. And, as an added bonus, you’ll get a free career search capabilities consultation and resume evaluation from a specialist at

Completely updated information on e-resumes, internet resumes, and scannable resumes, this is a giant compendium of before-and-after resume transformations and advice that’s hailed by professional resume writers as the definitve resource for writing and desigining resumes that get people noticed. It provides trade secrets of a professional resume writer to the person out there trying to put together the best possible resume when applying for the “ideal job position” they want to attain.

Over the past decade, resumes have undergone dramatic changes in how they are submitted to recruiters. Technology advances have redefined the recruiting industry. It started with electronic resumes that had to be “scannable” using OCR software. Then resumes began their frenzied dart across the Internet, where, to assure safe arrival, they came dressed in the pedestrian garb of plain text (ASCII) embodied within e-mail. But now, change is upon us once again. The handsome resume made portable has made its return, and there is an emergence of online screening quizzes that determine whether your resume is accepted by recruiters and employers or buried at the bottom of the pile.
Resumes For Dummies is for anyone who needs to discover what works and what doesn’t work when representing their work history with a resume. No matter what your experience, set of circumstances, or familiarity with resume writing, this clearly written, up-to-date guide will help you to:

Create a resume that takes advantage of today’s technology
Increase your chances of getting your dream job
Create a “stand out” resume that will get your foot in the door
Understand recent changes in the world of resumes
Learn the right way and right places to send your resume
Resumes For Dummies also covers the following topics and more:

Getting your resume out there
Writing a resume that fits your specific needs
Choosing the right format for your resume
Selecting stand out words that can bring good news
Submitting your resume online
Recognizing resume problems and applying solutions
In the pages of Resumes For Dummies you will find a sampling of stand out resumes and special needs resumes. You also get updated technical information (gathered from a wide variety of recruiting professionals) paired with classic strategies and smooth moves from the author’s three decades of career reporting. With all of this in hand, you will be able to develop and distribute a state-of-the-art resume that shows that you are too superior to ignore.

How to Interview

The marketplace is extremely competitive with tens to even hundreds of people with good qualifications vying for the same job. If your goal is to land that dream job, you should take the process of the interview as seriously as possible. The truth is, whether you are qualified or not, a person who interviews well will always make a great impression and thus boost his or her chances of landing a job. Interviewing for a job is not an enviable situation. In an interview, a candidate is being evaluated and scrutinized to determine just how good he or she is and whether or not he or she will make a good fit within a company. In order to do well in an interview, you must be confident, well prepared and be able to sell yourself. Here are some tips.

The Importance of Being Prepared
Being prepared is extremely important and essential to doing well in a job interview. You must show the employer that you take this opportunity seriously and will do whatever it takes to land the job. Some things to consider when prepping for an interview are:

Research and know about the company. When being interviewed, an interviewer will test you to determine whether you are just looking to land any job or whether you specifically want to work at this company. The more you know about the company; the better off you will be when answering questions.
An interviewer will ask you questions, so make sure you are ready and willing to talk about yourself. If you would rather not talk about your past, current skill set or future goals don’t bother showing up for the interview.
We all expect the interviewer to ask lots of questions, and you too should also have memorized some smart and intelligent questions for the interview. Don’t treat the interview as an interrogation, treat it as a conversation with enough of back and forth dialogue.
The Importance of First Impressions
Most job seekers will only get about an hour to make a good impression. In this short period of time, you will need to sell yourself. Human resource recruiters are very adept at both interviewing individuals and also judging them. It is imperative that you always try to make a good first impression. Creating a good first impression is actually not that difficult, here are some tips:

Be confident. You don’t have to be obnoxious, but walk tall, smile and look as though you generally enjoy being interviewed.
Show yourself in the best light possible. Don’t talk bad about yourself or constantly focus on your weaknesses, instead bring up your strengths and achievements. An interviewer will almost always ask about your weaknesses, answer honestly, but don’t dwell on the subject.
Show up for the interview on time. It sounds pretty basic, but many people get 10 or 15 minutes late. If you even think you are going to be one minute late, call and explain your situation, whether it is traffic etc. Showing your interest and respect is better than arriving late with nothing said. For best results, show up 15 minutes early.
Dress to impress. Dress well for your interview. You don’t have to wear expensive clothes, but you should show the interviewer that you respect the opportunity and that you can come to an interview wearing conservative attire. Never dress down for an interview, if you have second thoughts about an outfit – trust your gut.
Greet the recruiter properly. This is extremely important. Make sure you look directly into his or her eyes. With a smile and a decent handshake, say hello. Greeting shows respect for the interviewer and a proper greeting can easily make you likable and give you a great first impression.
During the Interview
After having started off giving the interviewer a good first impression during the meet and greet portion, now the interview begins. Don’t get overly self conscious and there isn’t any reason to freeze up. Rely on your preparation and your personal skills to understand that the more you go in thinking the interview is a conversation the less you will feel scrutinized and interrogated. Here are some ways to avoid the common pitfalls of interviewing.

As stated before, be prepared, do your homework about the company, keep in mind what questions you would like to ask and be familiar with questions that may be asked of you. Here are some of the questions that may be asked of you:

What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Why do you want to work for this organization?
Why are you leaving your current or last position?
What would you like to achieve at your new position if hired?
Do you work well with others or prefer to work on your own?
What are your successes and failures?
What kind of salary range are your looking to be in?
What are your credentials (education, special training, etc)?
Do you have any hobbies?
When asked questions, answer them completely and do not try to dodge a question.

Make sure that you convey that you are genuinely interested in working at this specific firm. HR recruiters will always value a candidate more if they genuinely want to work for their company and not because they just need a job.

Ask Questions during the Interview
Once again, an interview should be looked at as a conversation that has dialogue going both ways and not just as an interrogation. One way to improve this dialogue is to ask smart and insightful questions. Besides just asking these questions, get involved or show that you are engaged. The more engaged you are, the more the recruiter will sense that you are interested in the job. Never ask questions just for the sake of asking. Even if these questions are prepared, try to be spontaneous and ask them at appropriate times during the interview. Here are some sample questions which might be good to ask during an interview.

What are you looking for in an employee?
What is the reason for the open position (is it due to growth or turnover)?
What are some of the challenges this position offers?
Could you describe the working environment, work culture, etc.
Could you describe some of the benefits of working for your company.
How is the salary calculated (hourly, commission based, bonuses, stock option
s, etc)?
When will the job be available (are you looking to hire someone ASAP or in the next few months)?
After the Interview
Once the interview has finished, there are a few things that you should do to boost your chances of landing the job. They are:

Write the recruiter a thank you note. Make sure to get the business card of your recruiter and send a well written thank you note no later than 3 days after the interview. You want to make sure that you are fresh in the mind of the recruiter.
Keep in mind that the interview process is longer these days than ever. Expect to be called back up to 3 times in order to land a worthwhile opportunity.
Don’t get dejected if you are not chosen for the job. Just because you were not chosen doesn’t mean you weren’t a quality candidate. Many jobs that are interviewed for never get filled and some take months to fill, not because of a lack of qualified workers to fill them, but due to red-tapism among higher ups.

How to write a Resume

Being employed is extremely important in today’s society and harder than ever due to increasing competition. One document that is vital to increasing the chances that one becomes employed is the resume.

A resume is a brief document that lists one’s objective, qualifications, education, past employment and any other relevant information that may spark interest from an employer.

It should be noted that in order for a resume to be successful, it should achieve one major goal, which is piquing the interest of an employer and subsequently landing you an opportunity to interview for the job.

General Resume Suggestions to Keep in Mind
In order to write a successful resume, there are a few things to keep in mind including:

There are several formats to use when creating a resume; however, generally speaking a resume should not be longer than one page in length. A resume’s goal is not to give your entire life story, but to give the employer a good impression of whether or not you qualify for a position. Many employees that have been working in a career for a long period of time feel obligated to write a resume that is several pages long. Again, a resume should not exceed one page in length.
Another important suggestion when creating your resume is to make the focus about the future and not your past employment. It is true that employers would like to know your track record and your past accomplishments, however they are far more concerned with what you are able to provide in the near and long term future. Keep this point in mind when writing your resume.
Resumes should be relevant. Make sure your resume is to the point and communicates the essentials. Don’t waste your time adding big words in the hopes of looking smart; most HR recruiters are not impressed. Rather write a clear, concise resume that sticks to the basics and your chances of becoming recognized will be far greater.
When writing your resume, expect that it will take time. Don’t spend only 20 minutes writing your resume, it will not be up to par. A resume while only one page in length should be developed and constructed over several hours. Take several days to a week to truly think about and ultimately construct your resume.
Do note that most employers will thoroughly check out the information listed on your resume. For instance, many employers will contact your last or previous employers, contact the school that you stated you graduated from, etc. So make sure you do not lie on your resume. Lying on one’s resume has become commonplace and employers have begun to take notice.
Resume Formats
There are two major types of resume formats that are used in business; they are the Functional Resume and the Chronological Resume. While both are used extensively in the marketplace, the most popular type of resume is the Chronological Resume. It should be noted that you do not necessarily need to use the most popular type of format for the best results. Many savvy job seekers choose between these two formats to pick the one that fits their needs the best.

The Chronological Resume Format
This resume format is the most popular format used in the marketplace today. The chronological resume has many strengths and the main purpose of this type of resume is to highlight your skills and job titles in a chronological manner. It should be noted that when creating your chronological resume, list your most recent job first.

Tips on When to Use a Chronological Resume
There are several instances where a chronological resume can be beneficial. Here are some tips on when to use the chronological format.

Use a chronological resume when your main job seeking goal is to find a position that is similar and in the same field as your current or last job position.
For those that would like to show exceptional achievements in their current or last job position, a chronological resume can be beneficial to showcasing them.
It’s a good idea to use a chronological resume if you have a solid work history with no gaps. In addition, besides showing a solid work history, a chronological resume can also help one show growth in a particular field or position.
The Functional Resume Format
The functional resume format is not as popular as the chronological resume, but can be just as effective to land a job interview. Most job seekers use the functional resume format for seeking specific opportunities. One of the strengths of a functional resume is that it focuses on experience and skills (which are usually placed under the skill heading). A functional resume helps a job seeker focus on the attributes that make him or her most marketable to an employer.

In addition, functional resumes are a great way to make an impact if you don’t want to show or have a long work history or if you have lots of gaps in your work history. While most job seekers do list their past job history, the emphasis is always on the skills, experience and achievements.

Tips on When to Use a Functional Resume
There are several instances where a functional resume can be beneficial:

One of the best uses for a functional resume is when you would like to switch from one career to another.
If you have been away from the workforce for a significant amount of time and are now reentering the workforce, a functional resume can be extremely beneficial.
For students who have graduated from college and do not have any past job experience, a functional resume can highlight their achievements, special skills and experiences.
A functional resume can also be a good choice if your current position is not that impressive or does not reflect the skills you have.
The Major Parts of a Resume
Both resume formats consist of specific parts, they include the heading, job objective, skills section, education section and job experience section.

The Heading Section
The heading is the part of the resume where you list your contact information. Practically all headings are set at the top of the page in an easy to read location. Your heading should include the following information:

Your full name. If you go by a specific name in your profession, make this information known to the potential employer.
Your phone number. Obviously list your landline number, it is your option to also list a mobile number, etc.
Your email address. Today, it is common to list an email address where a potential employer can contact you or send you files and more information about the company. Make sure your email address is business appropriate.
Your address. You should note that your address could be an important indicator to your potential employer as to how close you live to the work location. In many situations, your address can be a plus or work against you.
Your website. For some job seekers, your website may be a beneficial piece of information to include, especially if you are a graphic artist and have a portfolio available for view online.
The Job Objective
The job objective is one of the most important pieces of information you can write in your resume. The job objective’s main goal is to specifically state in a clear and concise manner what position you are seeking. While it might seem obvious, many job seekers bury this information in their resume making it hard for employers to quickly realize the position you are looking for. Recruiters can receive hundreds of resumes per day, so a clear and easy to find job objective will ensure that your resume is categorized appropriately.

When writing a job objective, here are a few tips:

A job objective should be clear, concise and short. Keep the length of your job objective to one sentence.
An important tip is to use the job objective to state the exact name of the position you are seeking. If the company uses a specific title for the position that you are seeking, this is what should be listed in your job description – even if it is generally called something else in the marketplace.
The Skills Section
The skills section is where you list any and all skills that you have that might be pertinent to the job position you are seeking. The skill section is an excellent place to show your achievements and competencies. For those writing a functional resume, this is the area to focus on and shine. A properly written skills section will express to your potential employer your experiences, past accomplishments and most importantly what you are capable of accomplishing in the future. Here are a few tips on writing a proficient skills section.

You want to write about your experiences and what makes you extremely qualified for this specific position. Focus on your strengths and back up any claims with credentials, experience and accomplishments.
The skills section is the place to sell yourself. Be creative, but to the point.
While you want to sell yourself and make an extremely good impression, make sure that everything listed is factual. You never want to lie on your resume.
The Education Section
The education section’s main purpose is to show the potential employer that you have the proper credentials for the position you are seeking, as well as significant intelligence. Here are some tips on writing a proper education section.

Some jobs require job seekers to have the proper license to practice a profession, make sure that all licenses and credentials are listed completely so that your potential employer knows you are legally able to perform the job fully.
List any degrees that you have earned which could be relevant to the job position. In addition, you may also want to list specific classes that are relevant as well.
Listing membership in a social or academic organization is always a good idea.
Always list special achievements, especially if they are relevant to the position you are seeking.
If you have attended more than one school, but have only earned one degree, you can choose to list only the school in which your degree was earned from.
The Job Experience Section
In the job experience section, you will want to list your work history. As stated above, for those creating a chronological resume, it is important to list your current or most recent job first and then work backwards. It should be noted that you do not necessarily have to list every company that you have worked for. Remember, you need to keep your resume to only one page. However, most resume writers include two to three jobs in this section. The following are some tips on writing a proficient job experience section.

Make sure to include dates of employment. Always list at least the month and the year that you started and finished work with each company. If you are currently an employee, list your start date and mention the word “present”.
You should always include your official title.
Include major job responsibilities. In this part of the job experience section, you reinforce your career achievements. For instance, you can state that you were responsible for selling widgets or you can state that during your employment, you sold over 5 million dollars of widgets each year.
Some Final Suggestions to Consider
Writing a resume can be extremely challenging, especially if it has been a while since you were in the workplace. Keep in mind that writing a resume does take time and a lot of effort. A resume will not be complete just after one or two drafts and it must be crafted over a period of time to become extremely effective. Here are some final things to consider when writing your resume.

Make sure that there are no spelling errors. Keep in mind that resumes are not exactly grammatically correct. However, where full sentences or formatting are involved, make sure there are no errors.
Look at the many sample resumes online. This will give you some good ideas on how most resumes are formatted and what items should be included.
Have a friend or two look at your resume. If you have friends in the human resources field, they should be able to give you some great tips.
When you send your resume by mail make sure that the copy is printed onto quality resume paper and that the printing is clear. For those sending resumes through email, make sure your resume is saved as an attachment that can easily be opened by a potential employer.