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Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed Paperback – May 19, 2005
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Using the guidance in this book, I navigated my way through a two-part, three-person interview that got me the job I needed to get my feet on the ground and start running!
I refer to this book any time I have an interview. It covers face-to-face interviews, phone interviews, and eating-lunch interviews. It covers negotiations, how and when to bring up salary, when and why to send Thank You notes, etc.
How much do I love this book? Well, I love my job, and I love to sell used books through amazon.com, but I will NEVER get rid of this book.
I don't care if you're interviewing for a job assembling door handles for Toyota at $7/hour ... if you want the upper hand, read this book.
The list of questions to expect from your interviewers ... and, more importantly, the list of questions to ask your interviewers is invaluable. (One question in particular has always been met with: "Wow. That's a good question. Let me think about that." Hey, anytime your interviewer says that, you have the upper hand. (If you want to know which question I'm talking about ... feel free to email me.
One of the best things about the book is that it abounds in common sense advice. It tells you how things really are. It advises you how to prepare youself for an interview and how to control the interview once you're in it.
As good, it tells you things that bolster your confidence in yourself and in your ability to engage in the interview. It explains how the interview is a two way street, how you should be interviewing them as well as them interviewing you.
I could go on and on, but better you buy the book yourself. You won't regret it!
I especially liked the many stories of famous people, like Jackie Robinson and Captain of Industry Tex Thornton, and how they handled their interviews when they were young and unknown, interviews that changed their lives. The book abounds with these stories, which are fascinating.
Each chapter deals with a separate aspect of the interview. The appendices contain several hundred questions which might be thrown at you in an interview. If you're prepared for these, it's unlikely you'll be stumped by something different. The book prepares you for the interview process and bolsters your confidence so you feel like you're ready for anything. It allows you to go into an interview ready to control it, rather than as a meek victim.
Perhaps the best aspect of the book is that it's chock-full of common sense advice about things like thank you letters, eye contact, and the like. Other books I've read give easy answers that sound right, but aren't really true in practice. Sweaty Palms was written by a real life interviewer who tells what really happens and how real interviewers react to these things. This is advice you can take to the bank, not some idea that sounds good, but isn't really true in practice. The advice on eye contact and thank you letters, which is completely different from what is found in other books on the subject, is worth the price of the book alone.
This is a book I can recommend to anyone to read, whether they're job-hunting or not.
I have to thank Dr. Fred Gruenberger, a notable figure in the computing history of the 1950s and early 1960s, for giving me perhaps the single best one class session I have ever taken: an evening on interviewing technique. In a night class during the early 1970s, he assembled a huge effort for the time, including a TV studio video recorder (this was before the VCR was invented!) and a psychology professor to serve as the interviewer. Three people were selected as subjects, and I was selected as one of the three due to being a real employed programmer at the time. Interviews were then played back and critiqued. The techniques from this one night's class literally gained me tens of thousands of dollars in faster hiring and better opportunities over my career. I didn't realize it at the time, but I am forever in his debt.
Fast forward a few years, and I happened to pick up the first edition of Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art Of Being Interviewed, by H. Anthony Medley, a lawyer then practicing in Marina Del Rey. Even though I'd had the benefit of then-unparalleled interview training, this book constantly presented me with situations I'd seen before, but then explained what I hadn't realized about each of the situations. If you are job hunting, this book can be invaluable. If you are not job hunting, this book can still be invaluable...interviews are not just about employment. Highly recommended for both young and old job seekers.Read more ›
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I found this book utterly useless, in a few ways.
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I've recommended this book for years. The author provides many very valuable insights. Makes a strong case for knowing yourself and being prepared. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. T.
I started using this book before interviews 20 years ago, on the recommendation of a friend. Excellent advice you won't find elsewhere. Read morePublished 13 months ago by retrogrouch
As an HR professional, this book is definitely going to be a gift for all college grads from now on. Read morePublished 22 months ago by lrodgers
If you are going to have an interview...any interview, this is a very good book to read.
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My aunt recommended this book to me when I was having a hard time landing a job. She said she read it when she was looking. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by isabelle rossi