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ISBN-13: 072-3812250837 ISBN-10: 047125083X Edition: 3rd

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FIVE MINUTES THAT WILL PUT YOU ON THE FAST TRACK TO SUCCESS

Richard Beatty's famous, time-tested approach puts you in the driver's seat during any interview, enabling you to quickly, confidently gain insight into an employer's needs and objectives, then position yourself as the ideal candidate for the job-all in just five minutes. Here's how:

Minute 1:
First impressions-your appearance, your presentation, your attitude

Minute 2:
Steering the interview-traditionally it's the employer who establishes the line of inquiry; this time it's you

Minute 3:
While other candidates are still talking about themselves, you're getting the employer to tell you exactly how this position fits in the company's long- and short-term strategic goals-i.e., exactly what they're looking for

Minute 4:
Conventional candidates are still talking about their last jobs-you're learning the company's key problems and challenges

Minute 5:
Instead of fielding questions about your background, you're already positioning yourself as the ideal candidate to resolve those problems and meet all challenges

This revised and expanded Third Edition is bigger and better than ever, featuring three all-new chapters that cover resumes and two new interviewing methods based on candidate competencies and behaviors. The Five-Minute Interview, Third Edition puts your future in your own hands-and does it in just minutes.

About the Author

RICHARD H. BEATTY is President and CEO of Brandywine Consulting Group, a leading executive search and corporate career management consulting firm. He is the leading U.S. career author with several bestselling career guides from Wiley, including The Resume Kit, Fourth Edition; The Perfect Cover Letter, Second Edition; 175 High-Impact Resumes, Third Edition; and 175 High-Impact Cover Letters, Third Edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (September 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047125083X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471250838
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By well informed optimist on April 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
In the course of my professional career I've read quite a few books on interview process. I've been both an interviewee and interviewer. This book is by far the best book on interviewing I've ever read and used with great success on both sides of a table, so to speak.

The main premise of this book is that every interview is highly dependent on an individual interviewer. When a candidate comes for an interview (s)he can only guess what an interviewer is looking for. In reality (s)he has no idea.

So, instead of responding to questions with guessing answers, -shooting from the hip so to speak -, the book suggests to spend first 5 minutes of the interview actually interviewing interviewer. Only then, with concrete knowledge of what this particular interviewer is looking for, the candidate can answer intelligently, matching his or her skills, knowledge and experience to particular needs of the interviewer.

Obviously this approach is not for cowards. One needs courage to change the usual interview procedure. It provides you with all the knowledge one needs to have to master and use this approach. I have followed this book with great success as both interviewee and interviewer.

From the book you'll learn all the different interview types and styles; the questions that will provide you with the ultimate knowledge of the company, your future responsibilities, and what it would take to succeed in the particular environment. You will learn how to match your background to the needs of the interviewer for the best results. You'll become and position yourself as an intelligent and competent interviewee.

Buy "The Five-minute Interview," read it, and use it to your great success.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SMtireman on September 26, 2012
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This is a well written book for someone fighting to get a job. Some good practice exercises that require some introspection into how to answer potential questions from interviewers. This was highly recommended by a friend as the best homework for job interviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eve on September 8, 2013
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A friend gave me this book maybe 7 years ago or so.. and I loved it so much I gave it to my sister.

This talks about a different interview style, basically how to have a conversation with someone vs having them ask you questions (like an interrogation) and then have that awkward silence when the person asks you if you have any questions. If you do the interview correctly there would be no questions at the end, because they already have been answered (without the interviewer even realizing it sometimes!)

This book teaches you to have conversations during the interview that answer those awkward "where do you see yourself in 5 years" questions BEFORE they are even asked.

I have used these techniques since I read the book and it is RARE that I have not had a 2nd interview EVER. My sister used the techniques/still does and has been promoted many times.

It does come with a warning.. if the person interviewing you does NOT have solid interview skills you will end up interviewing them! Because it's basically picking up what someone said last and asking a question.. then repeating things.. basically having a conversation and back and forth dialogue. You start being more "present" in the interview and can pick up on what is important to the company and what types of things they would want to know about you, not just sitting there and going through question 1-50.

This is a definite read if you need help and always feel like you are "not in charge" while being interviewed. Remember it should be a mutual exchange, and both you and prospective employer should be on the same page.

It even got me through the recession, I was laid off and got a better job in 2 weeks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 5, 2010
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Very helpful strategies. Some basic points that we have to consider and we ussualy don't do. It helped me.
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After a couple years of retirement, it was time to look for a job. And not one in the fields I had worked in. This book had been recommended to me to assist in my search for employment. It was a good read, and quite interesting. Yes, I found a job, but not necessarily because of this book.
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