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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: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


More About the Author

Certified in all three areas of the job search - Certified Interview Coach (CIC), Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC), and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) - Linda Matias is qualified to assist you in your career transition, whether it be a complete career makeover, interview preparation, or resume assistance. Linda is the former president of the National Resume Writers' Association.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 20, 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HBS on January 28, 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 By Rene S. Hoepelman Jr. 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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