Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Free e-book on interviewing

If you’re willing to type in your name and email address here --


You’ll be sent a link that allows you to download a 28 page book: 70+ Tips to the Perfect Interview: Advice from Leading Job Search Experts, Career Coaches, Recruiters and HR Professionals.

My full disclosure: I see that the site has “com” at the end; the people behind it probably hope to sell you (or maybe 10% of you who supply your info) something eventually. But I also have to say that I’ve leafed through the material, and I am impressed. You see—I am on the other side of the table when the department is hiring both fulltime and adjunct faculty members. I really, truly wish that some of them had read some of the tips here!

Some may seem obvious—for example, if you’re having a phone interview, for heaven’s sake use a land-line in a quiet place! No battery worries; no barking dogs or shrieking kids in the background.

Other tips give you more than enough starter material to ask employers open-ended but useful questions when the interview says “so, do you have any questions for us?”

A few of the strategies may make you feel like a used-car salesman (maybe even the one from Fargo, the movie...!) So adapt and use as you see fit.

And I believe that a good English major, reading between the lines and reverse-engineering the material in this e-book, might get a sense of how to set up a resume or cover letter which will actually get the interview.

One tip I would like to add (from a true-to-life incident): if you send anything by postal mail to a potential employer, especially a resume, do not, repeat NOT use a return-address label with a cutesy kitten or other goofy image on it. (Yup—we got an application for a fulltime tenure-track English professor like that a few years ago. Not hired.) Because more of us are opening our own mail in these days of belt-tightening; don’t assume that a “meaningless” secretary is opening and discarding your mailing envelope.

(PS--There's no such thing as a meaningless anybody. I've been a secretary, and I know how easy it is to sabotage somebody if they treat "the help" in ways that are less than respectful.) 

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