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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
201 Knockout Answers is one of those books that every parent should buy for their child who is trying to enter the workforce. It's a book that seasoned veterans, especially in this economy, should tuck into their briefcase and study. And finally, it's an excellent book for employers to use in reverse, which is what I do. I'm using it for our interviewing process, and I also plan to provide a copy for any employees who might leave us.

No matter what type of job a person might be seeking, the questions, obstacles, actions, and results Matias lists are something that every worker will face at some point in their life. She is obviously an expert in the field. The book doesn't read like something a good writer simply researched. Rather, the ample nuggets provided seem fueled by years of expertise in the field of interviewing and human resources.

Finally, the workbook blanks and examples are helpful to anyone who wants to polish themselves before any interview.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is precisely what the title says and more. It has great questions to help prepare and examples as well. Going through the questions section and being able to answer aloud would be helpful presentation for most applicants. The book takes competency categories one by one and gives solid answers to build from. Also has some really nice resume examples to work from.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Despite the gimmicky title, this is actually an excellent book on the interviewing process with lots of good advice.

The first half of the book discusses general interviewing strategies, such as what to do when you don't have the experience the interviewer is asking about, how to format your resume to be conducive to getting an interview, how to format your answers to competency-based interview questions, etc.. The rest of the book is, yes, 201 sample questions paired with sample answers that demonstrate good interviewing technique. If you can comfortably answer half of the questions in this book then you shouldn't have any problem landing a job (assuming you're qualified).

This is clearly written by a veteran HR person who knows what they're talking about. Recommended for any job hunter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
No easy answers in this book, basically it gives you a format to follow but its really up to you to do the research on yourself. I didnt read the whole book word for word just skimmed through pages took about 15 mins. Its not the most interesting book in the world to read. But that does not mean it wont help you get through an interview, because it will.

What you'll find is that, there is no "ONE" knock out answer to securing a job. Its a bunch of neatly compacted smaller tasks and answers that add up to a better interview expierence, starting from how you format and word your resume to improving voice techniques. Being interviewed is tough, this book will help you organize your thoughts so your more prepared. In truth, I dont feel this book is anything more than what you already expect on an interview.

here is a sample question: Question 179. Describe a position in which you used technology in answering
customer inquiries. What was the process?

Its really up to you to answer this question but the book does provide a general generic answer and some explanations but the book is alot more than just answering questions. Gives tips on preperation for the interview as well. I would guess that if you were to read this and follow through would take a few weeks to ready yourself according to what the book expects. I dont care for the book, I found it boring but I hate to knock it for trying to help.
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on April 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
The beginning part of the book was useful in explaining what are competency based interviews. Also described how to group skills and experiences from your career to help you prepare material for these answers. She briefly discusses five core competencies: individual responsibility, managerial/leadership skills, personal motivation, analytical skills and people skills. She also spent a few pages explaining "SOAR" (Situation or Obstacle, Action, Result) as a way to assemble 'story' answers from your experiences.

The rest of the book was not useful to me at all. It was long lists of questions with involved made up answers that I could not see how to translate to my experience. But the beginning part was useful.
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on January 25, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I would recommend it. I use it before all of my interviews. I think that it has some good things in it. I don't think that it is what I was looking for which but it works.
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on October 26, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
As important as the answers is the information on the psychology behind the questions. What do they REALLY want to know when asking a specific type of question? That is what is most important to get down///
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on February 12, 2013
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Don't know if these questions are asked in this manner but gets you prepared as best as you can be. Seems that it needs to be read and studied so as not to be caught off guard by an interviewer.
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