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The Underground Guide To Job Interviewing: A Quick and Irreverent Primer for the Working Professional Paperback – December 16, 2011

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"This timely guide... shows job seekers in every field how to turn interviewing--an often an intimidating, mysterious process--into a golden opportunity to shine."

      --Doug Levinson, Business Consultant; Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California; Principal, Strategy that Rocks; Author,  75/25, 3/4 of an MBA, 1/4 of the Grief

"Todd Moster's book on interviewing is a must-read for anyone who anticipates a job interview with any degree of trepidation... If you are going to be going through job interviews, especially for a professional position, read this book. Then read it again."

     --Bill Saleebey, Ph.D., Author, Connecting: Beyond the Name Tag

"The Underground Guide to Job Interviewing is a comprehensive, well written, funny book that is a quick read, and will reinforce what you already know and provide you with some new tips on successful interviewing."

     --Susan Wise Miller, M.A., Founder of California Career Services and award-winning National Certified Career Counselor

"...an irreverent yet essential guide for the professional looking to leapfrog the job-hunting competition...It's easier to find a job when you have a job, but it's easier still when you follow Todd's unique advice."

     --Marty Rudoy, Attorney and Partner at Rudoy Fleck, Los Angeles, California

"Love it! Todd Moster has created an easy, fun, slightly snarky read on a critical topic: Job Interviewing...It is packed with helpful information..."

     --Faith Pincus, CEO, Pincus Professional Education CLE Seminars; CEO, Finz Advance Tapes case summaries; Author, upcoming ABA book, Be Heard: Public Speaking for Attorneys

About the Author

An accomplished attorney, former writer for documentary television, and longtime executive recruiter, Todd Moster has been involved in more job interview scenarios than any decent human being should be expected to endure.

A 1982 graduate of UCLA School of Law, Todd held several jobs in the legal profession, from attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration to deputy district attorney, associate attorney for three different law firms, and finally, as a business and real estate partner for a well-regarded Los Angeles law firm. He has taken more than fifty jury trials to verdict and presided over small claims and traffic cases as a judge pro tem.

Todd left the practice of law fourteen years ago to become an executive recruiter in the legal industry. He worked for two of the largest recruiting companies in the world before founding his own legal search firm, Moster Legal Placement, Inc. (mosterlegal.com), in 2008.

Over the course of his career as a recruiter, Todd has prepared thousands of people for job interviews. He's recruited and placed a variety of legal professionals into jobs with law firms and corporations, including law firm partners and associates, in-house corporate attorneys, paralegals, and legal marketing directors. His company offers a specialized coaching service, Interview BootCamp® (mosterlegal.com/Bootcamp.html), which trains professionals in effective job interview techniques.

Todd has also worked in documentary television, including as a writer for the popular History Channel show "The Great Ships."

Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456329715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456329716
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,993,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

An experienced trial attorney, executive recruiter and author, Todd Moster is the guiding force behind Moster Legal Placement, Inc., a legal search and consulting company based in Los Angeles, California (http://www.mosterlegal.com). An executive recruiter since 1998, Todd has worked with thousands of job seekers and prepared hundreds for their job interviews. He also runs the highly regarded Interview BootCamp® program (http://www.mosterlegal.com/Bootcamp.html). Interview BootCamp provides training in effective job interviewing techniques to people in all occupations on both an individual and group basis.

With the recent release of the Second Edition of his book, "The Underground Guide to Job Interviewing," Todd continues his effort to make his job interview strategies available to the general public. The Second and Expanded Edition of his Amazon Top 10 Best Seller in the Job Hunting category covers additional areas suggested and requested by readers of the First Edition. It also includes a separate Interview Preparation & Practice Guide with sample interview questions designed to sharpen the job candidate's presentation skills.

A 1982 graduate of UCLA School of Law, Todd worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he prosecuted hundreds of cases, served as a member of the Career Criminal Prosecution Unit and managed a branch office. Upon entering private practice in 1987, he represented clients in the areas of business, real estate and employment litigation and became a Partner at a well-regarded Los Angeles law firm. Todd has tried numerous jury matters to verdict, and presided over Small Claims and Traffic cases as a Judge Pro Tem.

Todd's company recruits and finds jobs for attorneys, paralegals and other high-level professionals in the legal field, working with both law firms and the legal departments of large companies. He's placed attorneys at nearly all levels of experience, from General Counsels and Associate General Counsels in corporations to law firm Partners and Associates. His company additionally provides contract attorneys and other professionals to law firms and companies for temporary assignments.

Todd has also worked in documentary television, including as a writer for a popular History Channel show. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Roxanne and their rescue dog, Max.

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Todd Moster, the author, was a lawyer and is a recruiter for the professions. As a starter, this gives him a special perspective. More than that, as the title suggests, he has a wry sense of humor, an important attribute in today's job-scarce world.

First, full disclosure: I have met Todd, who attended my alma mater and requested me to read his book. Second: a confession. I have been so busy with coaching clients and completing my 14th book, Secrets of the Business of Law, 2nd ed., that I didn't have spare time. With my book just released, I finally had time to turn to Todd's, and wished I had read it sooner! His book is easy to read. It flows. The tips (dare I say, the "Secrets") that Todd shares practical and must be followed -- if you want to succeed in getting a good job.

Todd covers all the bases involved in conducting an effective interview, from the genuine importance of knowing "what do you want to be when you grow up?" to knowing your own resume so that you can respond quickly and confidently to the interviewer, and having good questions prepared for the interviewer to facilitate an effective dialogue. Some of Todd's advice, such as to not ask about money in the interview, is counter-intuitive but absolutely correct. As Todd makes clear, an interview is not just about money; it's about the firm culture and how it fits your goals and personality. Along the way, Todd employs graphics which are not only hilarious but set forth important principles.

Whether you are looking for a job, or looking for an employee (though Todd is clear that this is not a book for employers), you would be well-served by reading The Underground Guide to Job Interviewing.

Ed Poll, J.D., M.B.A., CMC, author of Secrets of the Business of Law, 2nd ed.,(2012) and many more, including Turning Your Law Practice into a Business (http://www.amazon.com/Small-Firm-Logistics-Turning-Practice-Business/dp/097976100X/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1328577121&sr=8-14)
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How well you prepare and do your job interview is the difference between getting the job or not. Plain and simple. Todd starts out The Underground Guide to Job Interviewing with a chapter on common sense. Truly this is the best place to start this type of book ... although it has been said that "common sense isn't very common". If you follow Todd's advice you will be not only well prepared, you will quite likely totally impress the people doing the interview.

The Tricky Questions chapter is worth the investment in this book alone. Understanding and being prepared to answer questions like: What Would You Say Are Your Greatest Strengths and Weaknesses? and What Do You Like Least about Your Present Job/Profession? are important questions to be ready for. Todd will help you with these too.

And, do you know what to wear (or not to wear) to your job interview? Todd has an entire section on recommendations for your job interview attire.

In a nutshell, this is everything in a nutshell. Todd has covered all the bases and you'll get them in this brilliant and complete book.

I'm convinced when you follow Todd's advice your land that job AND quite likely be well positioned for future advancement in the company.
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It is always a pleasant surprise to discover that a friend you have known for many years turns out to have a hidden talent. Todd Moster is such a friend, one with many talents, and now I am delighted to see that along with all his other virtues, he is a witty author as well. His Underground Guide to Job Interviewing is essential reading for anybody who is seeking to improve their employment situation, or knows somebody who is. Todd uses his many years as an attorney and legal job placement specialist to guide the reader through the pitfalls of interviewing for a job, and combines his sage advice with a healthy dose of irreverent humor to present material that will be helpful in any job seeking situation. Do not go into battle unarmed. Read this book first, be prepared, be warned, be advised. Todd is a professional in this field and his book is the best primer I have seen on the subject. It is a fun read, but also imparts crucial information. I highly recommend this book!
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By nancy on April 21, 2012
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This is the perfect guide for nailing the interview! I've read a few self help books in the past, but this one delivers.
Great advice for understanding what's important not only to your potential employer, but also what's important to you.
I highly recommend it. Also since the author is a high level recruiter with his own successful business in Los Angeles, he obviously knows what's talking about and what's important to the firms who are hiring. And all the "lessons" are written in a wonderfully laid back and entertaining style. If your looking for a job... it's a must read.

The Underground Guide To Job Interviewing: A Quick and Irreverent Primer for the Working Professionalthat really do give relevant advice in this crummy economy.
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The Underground Guide to Job Interviewing is an engaging, succinct, and sometimes humorous approach to one of life's most serious undertakings - getting a job. It will improve the prospects of anyone who reads and heeds its lessons.

-- Steven J. Harper, author of The Partnership: A Novel, Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster's Story, and Straddling Worlds: The Jewish-American Journey of Professor Richard W. Leopold, adjunct professor at Northwestern University, regular contributor to The American Lawyer (and AM LAW DAILY), Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and recently retired after 30 years as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
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