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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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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? Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Carl W. Tope
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... Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by LRH