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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564148696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564148698
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robin Kessler is currently president of The Interview Coach, a human resources and career consulting firm based in Houston, TX. She has more than 20 years experience improving interviews, resumes, presentations and organizational communications as a human resources professional, consultant, career coach and adjunct professor. Kessler co-authored Competency-Based Resumes, the first book to teach people to write their resumes considering the competencies employers are looking for. She received her B.A. and M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

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Robin Kessler is currently president of The Interview Coach, a human resources and career consulting firm in Houston, Texas. She has more than 20 years experience improving interviews, resumes, presentations, and organization communications as a human resources professional, consultant, career coach and adjunct professor. Kessler is author of Competency-Based Interviews and Competency-Based Resumes, the first books to teach people to write their resumes and prepare for interviews considering the competencies employers are looking for. She has trained managers and employees to write effective, competency-based statements on their performance reviews and to communicate about competency-based accomplishments. She has her B.A. and M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

Customer Reviews

This book is so easy to read and apply.
pragmatist24
If you've never been through one of these interviews, and have one coming up, buy the book and read it twice.
Enjoy Reading
Kessler's book provides all of the tools to excel in your next interview.
David Brukoff

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Pam on January 13, 2008
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As a Columbia MBA student, I found Kessler's book really helpful. I've found interviewing at business school very difficult because I'm surrounded by amazingly well-qualified competition! Interviews are one of my weakest points and I've read a bunch of interview guides in the hopes of finding out what I'm doing wrong. Until this book, I found these guides kind of useless and a waste of money (e.g. the Vault Guide to Finance Interviews). But this book was great. It has changed the way I view interviews and has made interviews considerably less scary. While other books talk about what and what not to say, she focuses more on the approach to your answers. I found this more applicable and practical.

Instead of focusing on you, Kessler focuses on the interviewer. She gives the interviewer's perspective and examples of what the interviewer might have in front of him or her during the interview. This gave me a better idea of what interviewers are looking for and how I should structure my answers. Building answers around competencies has made my answers more strong and concise.

Kessler also has a section of interview examples and her critiques of the candidate's answers. I recognized a bunch of mistakes I made when I was interviewing for jobs after college. I wish I had this book back then! I'm sure it would have opened a lot more windows of opportunity (or at least ended the job search sooner).

These kinds of books tend to stress me out. Kessler's writing is clear and the pacing was just right for someone like me. It was easy to absorb the main points and see how I could apply them to myself. I still got a panic-y feel in my stomach, but much less than I usually get.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By P. Urban on June 2, 2006
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Everyone is afraid of the dreaded job interview. Correctly prepare and you can put your mind at ease. I know because I am a former sweaty-palm interviewee. Through this book ---Competency-Based Interviews---I've found the not-so-common-sense skills that are essential to landing that perfect job, or that first job. Clear, concise, and step-by-step this leads the job candidate through the modern day interview that is assessing your skill set more than your diploma. I've learned how to identify the competency questions that I will be asked in relationship to the job duties and the company culture. During interviews, I can give examples of my winning experiences using the right, active language. And, I can answer the follow up questions that delve deeper. This is a must-keep reference text with easy to use summary tables that allow the reader to quickly locate key questions and answers. ->Paul Urban in Cleveland, Ohio.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Welton on April 6, 2007
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I loaned my copy to two friends going to interviews for big jobs.

Both of them raved about how this book put them in to a fame of mind that made them very comfortable going into and during their actual interviews. It makes you think about questions and areas of your past work expereinces that you should and should not talk about and how to talk about them. Great buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca E. Buster on August 22, 2009
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I live in Houston and initially talked to the author, Robin Kessler, about doing some practice interviews before an important interview. Because I was temping at the time and couldn't afford it, she suggested I read this book to prepare myself. I wasn't too excited about reading a book, but was very glad that I did. I have never studied so hard for an interview before and didn't really understand the need to prepare myself in such a thorough way. However, it was well worth it-this book was a quick read-broken down into bite size pieces and really helped me come up with a way to take my experience, write it down in an outline, and be able to speak it clearly in an interview setting. I also liked the fact that she suggested looking at the job description to pull key/buzz words out and turn those into competencies to be focused on. I took those competencies and found 2 or 3 examples from my experience and had those examples in mind while in the interview. It worked and I felt prepared. Definitely worth the read and price for any interview setting. Thanks, Robin!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2013
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I can sum up all of the substance of this book in one sentence. Figure out what the primary competencies are for the job you are looking for, then come up with real work examples for those competencies that show: (1) what the problem was; (2) what you did; and (3) and what the result is. Once you get that point, the rest of the book is just repetition on the same them. Half of the book is summaries of each chapter at the end of each chapter (which are almost as long as the chapters themselves), as if they were just trying to fill up space or are targeting people who don't know how to read. But I kept reading anyway, until I got to this passage, at which point I almost tossed my iPad across the room:

"If you are a woman who wants to interview for a powerful job, consider getting your makeup done, a new suit, new shoes, and your hair done by someone who knows what he or she is doing. If you need to lose some weight, start your diet and exercise program soon enough to make a difference before the interview. Get recommendations for makeup artists, manicurists, hair stylists, personal shoppers, and good places to shop from other people you know who look polished and professional. It just may be worth the investment. If you are a man, please consider making some of the same extra effort, too."

Apparently, the primary competency for women, in this author's opinion, is still their appearance. While men just need to ... take a shower or something. I find this completely reprehensible in this day and age. While it is true that you want to look polished and professional, that is something that applies equally to men and women. This passage alone made me completely reassess the author's credibility.
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