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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071425470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071425476
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carole Martin is America's best-known interview coach. She has been interviewed for Self magazine and the Wall Street Journal's Career Journal.com and she has been extensively quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Woman's Day, Smart Money, Entrepreneur, and other magazines. She is the Interview Coach at Monster.com.


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I have shared this book with many of my friends and co-workers.
Angela Young
Get this book and you can laugh at interview worries ... and get hired faster for the job you want.
Kevin M. Donlin
It clearly gives you 50 questions to expect and the great, so-so and poor responses.
T. Youngs

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Karen Wheless on April 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is one of the few interviewing books that covers the new trend, "behavioral interviews". Martin gives specific examples and then explains why particular answers are best, which is very effective. She also gives some helpful advice about behavioral interviews in general.

However, her examples are almost all drawn from marketing, sales and management. For someone in these fields, this is probably a plus, but for someone in a different field, the examples became repetitive after a while. Even though her advice can be applied to any job, it would have helped to have some examples from different types of jobs - technical jobs in particular. Even though more people are working in technical fields, books about interviewing don't often address their particular problems and questions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Field VINE VOICE on July 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I worked at a Fortune 500 computer company that used behavioral interviewing (where the interviewer says "Tell me about a time . . .").

If you read this book and Carole's examples, you can see how to present your experience in a way that impresses. My wife is a book editor and although the book doesn't cover this particular career, we went over her experiences and created a way to talk about them.

Unless you were a corporate drone who never though outside the box (or even much inside it) you can point out the ways where you added a little extra to the way you did the job. If you can't think of such remarks you're just appear to be a faceless job applicant who has no worthwhile features, no matter what your real experiences.

The way to use this book is to read all the examples, and especially take note of the best and second-best way of giving an answer. Eventually you'll learn what to say for any interview.

I'd rather not have to say something like "Oh yes, I always worked hard at my last job" (which is not 100 percent true and sounds phoney). I'd rather use the behavioral technique and say that a co-worker went in on a Saturday to make up a couple of hours, found that a huge amount of work had been dumped on us, and split the work by e-mailing half of it to me at home, which took up most of my time on that weekend (which actually was true).

I know which one would impress an employer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a person who has spent many years as a professional in corporate America and having been interviewed and been part of the interview process many times, I can think of no better way to prepare than to read Carole Martin's interview book.
Interviewing is basically a structured question and answer session. The person who responds best to the many questions posed by the interviewer will most likely get the job.
There are few if any questions in the interview process that are not discussed in Carole's book. The questions are presented in a precise, easy to understand manner, followed by answers ranging from the strong or the best answer to the weakest or worst answer.
If I had just one book on my shelf to help me prepare for an interview, I would easily choose this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. DeLonzor on February 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
I found "Boost Your Interview IQ" to be completely different from other advice books on landing a job in that it tells you specifically how to answer all the possible questions you'll be asked. It covers 50 of the most commonly asked interview questions, including, "Why were you fired?", "Why have you been out of work for so long?", and just about every other potential question you can think of. The book gives three potential answers for each question, ranks each on a strong, mediocre, or weak scale, and explains why the answers rank the way they do. I'm an author (Never Be Late Again, 7 Cures for the Punctually Challenged), and when I'm finished promoting my book, I'll be rejoining the workforce. This book will be my constant companion. Great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Youngs on July 26, 2006
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This book was superb. It specifically addresses traditional interviews and then behavioral interviews. It clearly gives you 50 questions to expect and the great, so-so and poor responses. The ROI on this book for the interviewee has to be very high.
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I already know how to dress for an interview, not bad-mouth previous bosses, and talk about my strengths. I'm also a long-time people pleaser who majored in people reading in the school of life, so I can generally tell when to keep going and when to stop talking. Beyond those elementary basics, lately I've been feeling stumped about how to prepare for an interview.

A friend sent me this book just before I found out I'll be interviewing for A Dream Job at A Dream Company, so you can imagine my relief and excitement when I found that Martin gives practical, specific examples of how to answer those tricky behavioral questions and why one answer is better than another.

By the time I went through the Interview IQ test, I had an excellent feel for how to structure and word stories to illustrate my capabilities. Then the book went on to help me use job descriptions to figure out exactly what personal qualities and experiences I should emphasize. Now I'm writing out a stable of stories to keep on hand during the interview and planning to practice using them in a mock interview with a talented, smart friend who can give me an honest critique.

I feel empowered, confident, and ready to show how I'm the solution to an HR manager's problem based on evidence from my own past, not (as before) terrified of defending myself and trying to prove my abilities.

Thank you, Ms. Martin, and, to those wondering if this book is worth the price, I think it would be a steal at five times what you'll pay for it!
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