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201 Knockout Answers to Tough Interview Questions: The Ultimate Guide to Handling the New Competency-Based Interview Style Paperback – October 28, 2009

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“Competency-based interviewing seems to be picking up steam at the nation's larger employers. If you have a crucial interview coming up, here's my recommendation: Spend some quality time with Matias' 195-page book -- the best I've seen on the topic.” --Joyce Lain Kennedy, Tribune Media syndicated career columnist



"Featuring a plethora of sample questions, this indispensable guide features fill-in-the-blank exercises." --CareerBuilder.com

Book Description

Increasingly, employers today are using a tough new kind of interview to evaluate candidates and determine how well they think on their feet. To be successful in these new competency-based interviews, job seekers must be prepared with situation-specific examples that highlight the accomplishments, knowledge, and abilities they have that employers need. Featuring a plethora of sample questions—and winning answers—this book is organized by the five core competencies most interviewers are looking for:

• Individual responsibility (decisiveness, independence, flexibility, career goals)

• Managerial skills (leadership, delegation, strategic planning)

• Motivational factors (ambition, initiative)

• Analytical skills (problem solving, attention to detail)

• People skills (teamwork, communication, customer service)

This indispensable guide features fill-in-the-blank exercises readers can use to prepare themselves to demonstrate sought-after competencies and wow potential employers. It’s a powerful book no job seeker should be without.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (October 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814415008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814415009
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Driskell 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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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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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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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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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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