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Landing the Job You Want: How to Have the Best Job Interview of Your Life Paperback – May 18, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 2 edition (May 18, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609804081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609804087
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You've looked at dozens of books that promise to help you get a job. This book is different. This book is written by an executive whose business is teaching managers how to interview job candidates. He knows what they're looking for--and how you can successfully prepare for landing that job you really want.

Through interactive and easy-to-follow exercises, Landing the Job You Want equips you to make your next job interview one of the most positive experiences of your life. Whether you're a recent college grad searching for a first job, a corporate veteran looking for that big promotion, an at-home mom starting a new career, or an experienced worker looking to move in a totally new direction, you will walk into interviews prepared and confident because you know how to:
identify the skills most important for a job
decide whether a job is right for you
present your skills with maximum impact
respond to difficult questions
perform well in simulations and tests
handle an ill-prepared interviewer
close an interview on a positive note
critique your own interview performance

Each exercise in Landing the Job You Want is designed to help you look within yourself to identify your strengths and your weaknesses. You'll learn how to quickly develop a portfolio of skills that match your ideal job, and you'll understand exactly what your interviewer is looking for in a candidate. You'll be ready to dazzle your interviewer with both your qualifications and your preparation. The result? The interview of a lifetime--one that leads to the job you've always wanted.


More About the Author

WILLIAM C. BYHAM, Ph.D. is Chairman and CEO of Development Dimensions International (DDI), a leading-edge Human Resources consultancy that specializes in the identification and development of leadership talent. He co-founded DDI in 1970, and has worked with hundreds of the world's largest organizations relative to executive assessment, executive development, and succession management. His work on executive succession has been featured in Fortune, the Los Angeles Times, and many other leading publications. Byham is co-author of Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment, a groundbreaking book on empowerment that has sold more than 4.5 million copies since its 1988 publication. He has co-authored 18 other books, including seminal books on the assessment center method, which established the effectiveness of assessment centers as a method of executive selection and development-needs diagnosis. His best-selling business book HeroZ:Empower Yourself, Your Co-Workers, and Your Company offers step-by-step techniques for making meaningful decisions, measuring progress, and working effectively in teams.AUDREY B. SMITH, Ph.D. is consulting vice president of the Staffing and Assessment Consulting group and Executive Succession Management group at DDI. In this role, she directs the activities of consulting teams that deliver executive development and succession management consulting services and leadership assessment center technology. Her work has focused on the design, implementation, and validation of Acceleration Pool systems; selection systems, including executive team reengineering applications; development assessment; and executive coaching. She has worked with many clients throughout the world, including General Motors, Northern Telecom, BMW, PPG Industries, the U.S. Postal Service, Steelcase, Whirlpool, the United Nations, United Airlines, Toyota, and Unisys Corporation. Before joining DDI, Dr. Smith worked for Rockwell International as a training and management development specialist. MATTHEW J. PAESE, Ph.D. is manager and practice leader of DDI's Executive Development practice and is responsible for designing executive coaching, selection, development, and succession management systems that align with clients' strategic objectives. He has designed executive selection and development systems for General Motors, Steelcase, and Cisco Systems; and has consulted on executive succession throughout the pharmaceutical, health care, manufacturing, financial, and service industries. He formerly served as an internal HR consultant for the Anheuser-Busch Companies.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Gorden on December 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a job, or promotion and the corporation will be using the Targeted Selection method this is the book you must read! Forget those silly answers like "I am a people person" This book will help you explain why you should land the job!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Eddington on November 6, 2000
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This book was Fantastic! It gave me great examples, and allowed me to practice with real work oriented questions. This allowed me to prepare the upcoming promotional opportunity within my company. I feel that I am now relaxed and fully prepared to do the best that I can. I have and would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in seriously getting promoted. It will work, you just have to do the work and read the book. It's that Easy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By That One Guy on March 22, 2013
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Good book, prepares one for a targeted selection interview. Useful for law enforcement interviews. I recommend it to anyone who wants to expand their interviewing skills. Highly suggest you fill out the exercises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookchic on February 6, 2008
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I have pulled this book off my shelf many times over the last 9 years to aid friends and family during their stalled job searches. It offers basic helpful advise on how to stand out from other candidates during the interview process. A candidate cannot possibly know whether a company uses Targeted Selection but that is beside the point. Giving behavioral answers to non- behavioral questions asked by interviewers really helps a candidate stand out! Sure it's a tad simplistic , but that is what makes this workbook's advise so easy to understand and follow. The pre-interview prep is priceless.

Not only did this book help me change shift my career to a new industry. it has successfully aided several of my friends and at least one family member.
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I got this because Michigan State Police suggested it for their hiring interview and I believe it helped me alot! I would recommend it for anyone going into a structured panel interview, oral boards, or anything where you need to prepare situational responses.
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By Chris Leonard on February 18, 2014
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Very helpful book. Covers all areas I can think of in an interview. They are big on STAR responses (situation/task, action, result) and I think they want you to use it a little to much, besides that it was great.
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