Ex-Offender's Job Interview Guide: Turn Your Red Flags Into Green Lights (2nd Edition)
Unfamiliar with today's job market, many ex-offenders could usegood advice on how to best land a job. "The Ex-Offender's JobInterview Guide" is filled with seasoned advice on how to find ajob. It's essential reading for all ex-offenders in transition.While ex-offenders face numerous barriers to employment, the key togetting a job is how well they handle different phases of the jobinterview, from landing the interview and answering questions tonegotiating salary and terms of employment. What, for example,should they say when asked "Have you ever been convicted of afelony?" or when employers notice other red flags in theirbackground, such as time gaps, little work experience, no diploma,history of job hopping, or poor references? What about these twoknee-benders frequently asked by interviewers: "Tell me aboutyourself" and "Why should I hire you?" Should the ex-offenderrespond by telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but theuntarnished truth, only to get knocked out of consideration for thejob? Is it okay to parse the truth to get the job offer and thendemonstrate they have changed their life once on the job? Just howmuch "truthiness" should they engage in during the job interview?Addressing many employability issues facing ex-offenders, this bookshows how to best respond to employers who are reluctant to hireex-offenders who may have marginal workplace skills as well as poserisks to others. Focusing on how to identify and respond to redflags in one's background, the book demonstrates how ex-offenderscan turn red flags into green lights by developing excellentcommunication skills. Examining the whole interview process frombeginning to end, 13 chapters address: Job search mistakesex-offenders make; Telling the truth; 40 key interview mistakes jobseekers make; Anticipated interview questions and appropriateresponses; Nonverbal interview behaviors; Interview preparationissues; Handling the interview situation; Dealing with red-flagquestions; Closing and following up the interview; Getting joboffers and negotiating salary and benefits. The book also includesa handy list of 101 frequently asked job interview questions,examples of local salaries for 900+ occupations, and an extensivecareer resource section. No ex-offender, or re-entry professional,should prepare to tackle today's challenging job market withoutfirst acquainting themselves with the many inside secrets revealedin this essential re-entry employment guide!