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Acing the Interview: How to Ask and Answer the Questions That Will Get You the Job Paperback – January 23, 2008
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"The excellent book... includes a wealth of suggestions on how to walk out of an interview with a best offer." -Joyce Lain Kennedy, syndicated career columnist
At some point, most people have been caught off guard by tough interview questions. This book helps readers take charge of the situation! In Acing the Interview, the employment expert Dr. Phil called “the best of the best” gives job seekers candid advice for answering even the most unexpected questions, including:
You really don’t have as much experience as we would like—why should we hire you? • How many hours in your previous jobs did you have to work each week to get everything done? • What do you consider most valuable—a high salary, job recognition, or advancement?
The book also arms readers with questions to ask prospective employers that could prevent their making a big job mistake:
What would you say are the worst parts of this job? • What are the major problems facing the company and this department? • Why aren't you promoting from within?
Taking readers through the entire process, from the initial interview to evaluating a job offer, and even into salary negotiation, Acing the Interview is a no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners guide to interview success.
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I have to say that this job landed me two very prestigious (and high-paying) jobs since then, and coupled with prayer - it usually gets you hired. And after suggesting this book to friends, they've landed jobs at impressive organizations, too. As I head back into the job search, I'm re-reading it, realizing that I've gotten a little rusty since last time. All the managers I've had since then have been convinced that I give a great interview and they're making the right decision by hiring me. Therefore, I swear by this book and have my dog-eared, food-stained, written in the margins copy that I also swear is good luck.
If I had any words of caution it would be these: Yes, his book IS pushy, so you must take some things with caution. For instance, I don't necessarily suggest using his approaches when you first come in. It's more of his insight and question and answer parts that do the trick and get you the job. His way of thinking will have you viewing the process differently. And no, I don't suggest begging for sit downs with random executives - I believe in cold emailing over cold calling. Even still, for my profession in public relations, the aggressiveness works at the right times. No one wants a shrinking violet in communications, sales, marketing, or any other 'driver' type roles. Now, if you're interviewing to be an administrative assistant, you'll probably want to read another book.
Secondly, some things are outdated. The book fails to take into account networking social media like LinkedIn, pointing out that posting resumes online or responding to posts don't get you hired. When in fact, the two jobs I did get using this book came from relationships built on those kinds of social media sites. Since the bulk of his career predates those new considerations, it makes sense, since he's not a modern job-searcher per se. This is ironic, since his book was highlighted in a LinkedIn email today. He's very old school, but old school works sometimes. Some of his answers are so corny, they work.
Third - and probably not as much of a caution - you will sell yourself so good, you might get a job you absolutely cannot do and are not ready for. You might ignore all the warning signs and interview so well with no reservations, that you will get a job you later find was a bad idea. To solve that, please do make the important considerations he lists in the book, especially about if this is a good fit - not in terms of what you do, but who you do it for. For instance, he mentions decoding analogies and metaphors the authority is using. If I'd took that part of the book to heart as much as others, I would have picked up on the clue that my last manager was completely ill-equipped for her position, lacked experience and was incompetent. And that was the only clue I had - and I missed it.
Again, great book. Just keep the good stuff and throw out the rest. Add faith, and you got yourself a job.
READ THIS BOOK, AND STUDY IT STUDY IT STUDY IT!
Be prepared to graduate as an interviewee after reading this comprehensive book.
I "ACE'd" three interviews to get one job, and got the job.