Job Interview Tips for Overcoming Red Flags: Winning Strategies, Examples, and Short Stories for People With Not-So-Hot Backgrounds

Ronald L. Krannich, Ph.D.
ISBN: 978-1-57023-401-9 (paperback); 978-1-57023-404-0 (eBook)
(2 customer reviews)


While most interview books are designed for the ideal job seeker – someone who is well-educated, credentialed, goal-oriented, skilled, enthusiastic, and accomplished – Job Interview Tips for Overcoming Red Flags speaks to the job seeker who frontline career professionals often encounter – people with red flags in their backgrounds. Most of these job seekers have made poor choices, experienced bad luck, got into trouble, and need professional help to get and keep a job. Their red flags seem to follow them wherever they go as they move from one unstable low paying job to another.

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Reveals the secrets to turning red flags into

green lights to win the job interview!


By Ronald L. Krannich, Ph.D.

#9520  Most people have one or two red flags in their background – some minor and embarrassing, others major job killers. Given today’s high-tech world, with its rapid communication and instant background checks, your red flags may follow you wherever you go. For employers, red flags are the bases for hiring objections and firing rituals.


While most interview books are designed for the perfect job seeker – the well-educated, credentialed, goal-oriented, skilled, enthusiastic, and accomplished – this book addresses those who struggle to get ahead because of their less than stellar backgrounds. Many of them make poor education and career choices, frequently change jobs, get into trouble, and experience bad luck. They are risky hires.


That’s the subject of this unique book for job seekers – how to best handle red flags during the job interview. It’s all about convincing reluctant employers to hire you — speaking truth to power, turning weaknesses into strengths, scrubbing a sketchy background, preparing for sensitive interviews, and knowing what to say and do when confronted with red flag issues.


Jam-packed with seasoned insights and solid job interview advice for people with not-so-hot backgrounds, this book examines:


  • What employers really want and look for in great candidates
  • Major red flags that consistently derail thousands of job seekers
  • Ways to identify your red flags and transform them into green lights
  • 101 questions asked at most job interviews by subject category
  • Key nonverbal behaviors, from dress and handshakes to eye contact
  • Great ways to impress interviewers with compelling examples and stories
  • 35 common interview errors you must never commit
  • Best ways to address 10 red flags that come up during many interviews
  • Expert follow up and salary negotiation techniques that work wonders
  • Key resources — from books to blogs – that keep you focused on the prize
  • Ways to scrub and repair online red flags and reputation issues


Filled with interview strategies, examples, stories, quizzes, questions, sample Q&A dialogues, and advice, this is the perfect interview book for anyone with a spotted background who is also highly motivated to move ahead with their career.

PRICE$19.95 for a single copy.

QUANTITY SPECIALS: 10 copies for $179.60; 25 copies for $424.00; 50 copies for $798.00; 100 copies for $1,397.00; 250 copies for $3,242.50; 500 copies for $5,985.00; and 1,000 copies for $9,980.00.

ISBNs: 978-1-57023-401-9 (paperback); 978-1-57023-404-0 (eBook)

INFO: 160 pages, $19.95, © 2020.

CATEGORIES: Jobs/Careers/Business


  1.   The Perfect Outlier
  2.   What Employers Need and Want
  3.   People With Difficult Backgrounds
  4.   Clues for Successful “Fit”
  5.   Identify Your Red Flags, Present Your Best Self
  6.   Prepare for the Verbal Exchange
  7.   Nonverbal Behaviors and Mixed Messages
  8.   Impress the Interviewer
  9.   Avoid 35 Common Interview Errors
  10.   Key Questions You’ll Most Likely Face and Ones You Must Ask
  11.  10 Red Flag Q&As With Memorable Examples and Short Stories
  12.   Close and Follow Up the Interview
  13.   Negotiate Salary & Benefits to Your Advantage: How to Talk Money to Power
  14.   Getting Help When Necessary
  15.   Handling Your Online Red Flags and Persona


Career Resources

THE AUTHOR: Ronald L. Krannich, Ph.D., is one of today’s leading career transition writers who has authored more than 100 books, including several self-help guides for people with difficult backgrounds: No One Will Hire Me!, The Ex-Offender’s New Job Finding and Survival Guide, The Ex-Offender’s Re-Entry Assistance Directory, Best Resumes and Letters for Ex-Offenders, The Ex-Offender’s Job Interview Guide, Best Jobs for Ex-Offenders, The Ex-Offender’s Re-Entry Success Guide, The Ex-Offender’s Quick Job Hunting Guide, The Ex-Offender’s 30/30 Job Solution, 99 Days to Re-Entry Success Journal, The Re-Entry Employment and Life Skills Pocket Guide, The Re-Entry Start-Up Pocket Guide, The Anger Management Pocket Guide, The Re-Entry Personal Finance Pocket Guide, and Re-Imagining Life on the Outside Pocket Guide. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Fulbright Scholar, university professor, and management trainer, Ron specializes in producing and distributing books, DVDs, training programs, and related materials on employment, career transition, addiction, anger management, criminal justice, and life skills. The previous edition of this book, published as Job Interview Tips for People With Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: How to Put Red Flags Behind You to Win the Job, was co-authored by Ron’s deceased partner, Dr. Caryl Rae Krannich. Much of her work is incorporated in this new edition.



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2 reviews for Job Interview Tips for Overcoming Red Flags: Winning Strategies, Examples, and Short Stories for People With Not-So-Hot Backgrounds

  1. ron

    “How does someone with a less-than-stellar background manage the job hunt? The “red flags” in the book’s title include chronic health conditions, criminal records, learning disorders, family difficulties, and past drug or alcohol abuse….This outstanding book addresses many of the challenges facing such applicants….a must-read for anyone with “red flags” looking to successfully navigate the job search and interview process.” — Booklist (November 2019)

  2. ron

    “Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “Job Interview Tips for Overcoming Red Flags” is as ‘real world practical’ as it is effective as a training manual for anyone seeking employment but having a detrimental personal history that would diminish their chances for a successful job interview….unreservedly endorsed and recommended for personal reading lists and community Jobs/Careers instructional reference collections.” — Midwest Library Review. Library Bookwatch (September 2019)

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