Table of Contents

Foreward – Roxanne Emmerich

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 – Job Hunting in a Crazy Economy

  • Job Market Overview
  • Why Is the Interview So Important?
  • What Makes Me an Expert?
Chapter 2 – Go Crazy—In a Good Way

  • How Do You Rate?
  • Introducing the ‘‘Psychotron’’
  • What’s Crazy Bad Behavior?
  • What’s Crazy Good Behavior?
Chapter 3 – First Impressions Are Lasting Impressions

  • Look at the Research
  • Exceptions to the Rule
  • The Rating Game
  • Preparation Is Key
  • Get Ready to ‘‘Act Out’’

PART I – ACT Out: Assess

Chapter 4 – Everything from Soup to Nuts

  • Your Strengths and Limitations
  • Assessment Instruments
  • What’s Your Weak Spot?
  • Human Interaction: Where the Action Is
  • Education: Know Your Own Strengths
  • Jobs that Don’t Require College Degrees
  • Skills and Work Experience
  • Areas of Improvement
  • The Best Policy
Chapter 5 – Wild, Wacky, and Wonderful You

  • Biology 101
  • Personality 101
  • Introversion versus Extraversion: Are You In or Out?
  • Interpersonal Skills: Can You Relate?
  • Your Assignment
  • Enthusiasm and Motivation: Rah-Rah, Sis-Boom-Bah!
  • Problem Solving: What’s Your Problem?
  • Creativity: Thinking Outside the Box
  • Life Experiences 101
  • Hobbies and Interests: What Do You Do in Your Spare Time?
  • Netting a Job Offer
Chapter 6 – Selling ‘‘Crazy’’: Your Unique Value Proposition

  • Think ‘‘Log Line’’
  • Create Your Unique Value Proposition
  • Your Five-Sentence Personal History
  • Why Anecdotes Work
  • The Power of Three
  • Mad About Metaphors
Chapter 7 – Your Worldview on Work

  • Applying Your Worldview to Work
  • Work Makes the World Go ’Round
  • Worldview Provides Career Direction
  • Mapping a Career Plan
  • When Job and Worldview Don’t Align
  • Square Peg, Round Hole
PART II ACT Out: Communicate

Chapter 8 – Bridge the Generational Gap with Crazy Good Behavior

  • Defining ‘‘Generation’’
  • The Sound of ‘‘Silents’’ (Born 1924–1945)
  • Big, Bad Baby Boomers (Born 1946–1964)
  • Old and New
  • The Internet Generation X (Born 1965–1983)
  • High-Tech Generation Y (Born 1984–2002)
Chapter 9 – Types of Interviews

  • Phone Interviews: Can You Hear Me Now?
  • Before the Interview: Ready and Waiting
  • During the Interview
  • Skype: Smile for the Camera!
  • FaceTime
  • One-on-One Interview: Up Close and Personal
  • It’s Showtime!
  • Play Nice
  • All Ears
  • Panel Interview: All Eyes on You
  • Make One-on-One Connections
  • Turning ‘‘You’re Fired!’’ into ‘‘You’re Hired!’’
  • Group Interview: When You’re One Among Many
Chapter 10 – Head Games

  • Games Interviewers Play
  • Tension Relievers
Chapter 11 – Looking Good . . . Crazy Good

  • Perceiving Is Believing
  • Putting It All Together
  • For Men Only
  • For Women Only
Chapter 12 – Use Body Language to Make a Crazy Good Impression

  • Make Crazy Good Eye Contact
  • Posture Perfect
  • Gestures and Facial Expressions
Chapter 13 – Voiceovers: Your Voice Speaks Volumes

  • Sound Off: Elements of Voice
PART III – ACT Out: Thank

Chapter 14 – After the Interview: Thank ’em Like Crazy

  • The Waiting Game
  • Crazy Bad Follow-Up Efforts
Chapter 15 – Post-Interview Self-Evaluation: How Did You Do?

  • Rate Yourself; Don’t Berate Yourself
  • Do You Really Want to Work There?
  • Moral Dilemmas
Chapter 16 – Putting It All Together in a Crazy Good Way

  • Establish Your Power Base
  • Use a Crazy Good Interview Strategy
  • Use Crazy Good Behaviors to Get the Job
  • Sell Yourself Like Crazy
  • Be Yourself, in a Crazy Good Way
  • Research the Employer Like Crazy
  • Research the Interviewer(s) Like Crazy
  • Practice Like Crazy
  • Take the Stage
Appendix – 150 Frequently Asked Questions

Index

 

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