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"Top Ten Career Books for 2012!" —The Wall Street Journal

"Interviewing is a critical skill. Whether you want to get into business school, land your dream job, or separate yourself from the pack, grab this book and enjoy the ride!"—Michael Desiderio, MBAExecutive Director, EMBA Council

"This hard-hitting handbook is full of useful, practical strategies to ensure you don't get overlooked for that next big opportunity. Buy this book, incorporate the ideas, and take back control of your career."—RORY VADEN, MBACofounder, Southwestern Consulting, and New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs

"This book is an invaluable resource for mastering the challenges of theinterview. Get it, use it, benefit from it, and enjoy it!"—Susan A. MaxwellExecutive Director, National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, Inc.

Sometimes acting a little crazy can get you the job you want. Crazy Good Interviewing shows how crazy good behavior can make you stand out favorably in a sea of mediocrity. Take the candidate who created a keynote presentation on his iPad to illustrate his strengths or the one who created a DVD highlighting her abilities. An unconventional handbook to job seeking in a tough economy, Crazy Good Interviewing delves into how to access your three key strengths, use body languageeffectively, prepare a five-sentence history that builds a bridge to the interviewer, and much more! Turn just plain crazy into crazy good, and land the job at your next interview.

About the Author

JOHN B. MOLIDOR, PhD, is CEO/President of Michigan State University Flint Area Medical Education and a Community Assistant Dean and Professor of Psychiatry at MSU College of Human Medicine, who helps people understand how their brain, communication styles, and interviewing skills can function well together.

BARBARA PARUS is Director of Publications for the National Speakers Association in Tempe, Arizona. A Chicago native, she is a versatile and well-established writer, ghostwriter, editorial consultant, and the author or coauthor of three books on human resources–related topics.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118295145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118295144
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Do not outline your lips with a dark lip pencil unless you want to look like a cheap ho." (p. 152)

This is but one example of the kind of advice you'll get from Crazy Good Interviewing. Is it true? Probably. Is it useful? Only if you have absolutely no common sense whatsoever.

I'm giving this two stars instead of one just because the advice is pretty much standard for any interview prep book (compared with a few that I've perused). I'm giving it two stars instead of five because it just doesn't live up to the title. "Crazy Good" is a great idea; I read this book with the expectation that it'd teach me to stand out for the right reasons. However, it turned out that Crazy Good just means normal and competent, and it's contrasted with being "Crazy Bad"--a straw man of someone who is oblivious, rude, inappropriate, and usually all at once. In short, the authors waste tons of space describing Crazy Bad without getting into the nuance of what makes someone stand out from a crowd of other normal but competent people. I'd have preferred more substance without the gimmicky theme or the glib and cutesy filler.
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I bought this book for my 3 nephews/niece that just graduated from college. They said it was a great resource. One has landed a job, and the other two are in the running for second interviews. After reading it, I would give it not only to college graduates, but to anyone who has been thrown into the job hunt. Smart, funny, great guidelines for setting yourself apart from the crowd. A definite "thumbs up!"
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I watched the video promo of this book demonstrating what you should/should never do in an interview. I can't agree with all the advice. As a person with hiring power, I would not be trusting of a "hand steepler" for example.
"Asserting control" -- what it communicates -- is not favorable.

Seems like this author forgot that women are in the audience and positions of leadership. And anyone who forgets their demographic really shouldn't be trusted for advice.

Based on these factors and Tara's comment (earlier review), I will not buy this book.

Save your money. My advice is to go the interview and be your authentic self. As an employer, I recognize that good, intelligent hardworking people get nervous when they are in a position of being evaluated and never hold that against someone.

http://www.businessinsider.com/job-interview-hands-palms-steepling-body-language-2016-1
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I spend many hours every year interviewing medical students for residency training positions. Clerkship grades and board scores will get you into the interview - after that it's up to you. Understanding how to present your best, TRUE self in the interview is how you show that you are the right person for the position. Particularly for medical students, who may have had only one prior high-stakes interview experience (for medical school entry), taking the time to understand critical Do's and Don'ts on the interview trail can make or break their Match results! Some reviewers consider most of this information to be common sense - and if it is, you're in great shape! But every year I interview residency candidates who demonstrate some of the "crazy bad" behaviors that get them dropped low, or even off, my program's rank list. The book is an easy read that shares valuable information in an informal and entertaining format. Dr. Molidor gets 5 stars for putting his years of practical advice into a fun and formidable resource for anyone trying to make the right impression during the interview!
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I bought 3 copies of this last year for Christmas. Two were for my young adult sons and one for me, so I could advise my graduate students. It was the second gift my sons opened on Christmas morning and they immediately started reading it and were laughing out loud. After about 30 minutes, I had to interrupt them and ask if they wanted to open more presents! They really enjoyed it, and more importantly, they both got great jobs not long after reading the book. Is there a connection? I have to think so. This book is Crazy Good!!
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"Crazy Good Interviewing" is a MUST READ for anyone who plans on interviewing for jobs or professional schools! I applied to medical school this year and this book was GREAT preparation for my interviews. I have recommended it to many friends interviewing for professional schools and they have all given me positive feedback. Since my interviews, I have been accepted to medical schools and I give this book a lot of credit. I just want to thank Dr. Molidor for the role he played in my success.

This book is definitely worth buying, the feeling after leaving an interview and knowing that your interviewer genuinely wanted you to get the spot is priceless. Read this book If you want to stick out from the crowd in a positive way!!!!
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Dr. Molidor is an inspiring and dynamic person who reminds us that even simple or common sense concepts are easily forgotten when it comes to putting on the show for an interview. The book is easy to follow and a great quick read for those interviewing; especially if under a lot of stress or short on time. This book has come in handy many times for me and I recommend it to friends and colleagues often.
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