- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (August 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452278015
- ISBN-13: 978-0452278011
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ask the Headhunter: Reinventing the Interview to Win the Job Paperback – August 1, 1997
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Acknowledging that more and more people have been downsized or are dissatisfied with their current employment and are searching for guidance through resume and interview books, headhunter Corcodilos presents powerful reasons why the U.S. employment system fails to bring the right people together with the right jobs. That failure, he contends, leads companies to seek the services of headhunters. Based on the successful, highly compensated efforts of headhunters, Corcodilos's book provides effective methodology and techniques to help people locate jobs that are right for them and win job offers. Current information-gathering tools and strategies define the job needs of prospective employers and enable the job seeker to break through personnel department barriers. The author helps the reader focus on what the job search is all about: doing a job profitably for the employer. A good choice for public and academic libraries.?Robert L. Balliot Jr., East Greenwich Free Lib., R.I.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Sadly, few of us possess the self-marketing skills and moxie necessary to catapult careers into the stratosphere. Yet, argues former headhunter Corcodilos, we all have within our grasp the ability to demonstrate during interviews that we can do the job, which is the best way to win a job. Filled with boxed "sentences to remember" and a half dozen or so work sheets, this very unusual self-help, find-a-job tome repeats its messages many times, in many forms. What the author advocates, in short, is to solve the hiring manager's problem during interviews. That solution could be dramatically presented or based on interactive conversations; regardless of the vehicle, this strategy shows conclusively that the interviewee can do the job. And Corcodilos provides plenty of examples and scenarios to consider, all written with reverence and a great deal of respect for smart employers and smart candidates. Barbara Jacobs
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Many books and advice columns in this genre either misdirect you with canned answers to questions, or teach tactics for specific situations. Corcodilos has an approach that (once you get it) transforms the way you interact with your hiring manager and your eventual employer. The change comes from within.
Some reviews complain about repetitiveness. I didn't find it annoyingly repetitive, but he's trying to create a paradigm shift in your mind, and you can't do that by summarizing a message in 20 pages. An effective interview is not primarily about "giving smart answers," or "making them like me" or "impressing them." Those are all great, but the core goal of an interview is something else, and once you grok that, it will completely change your interaction with work.
Since first reading this book, I have hired many employees (on the other side of the table), which makes me appreciate this book all the more. I don't care about your grades, your last boss, or your long story - I just want to know, can you DO THE JOB?
Good luck. I hope you read this book and land the great job of your desires. Also check out his ugly website, where much excellent advice is available for free.
[Caveat: this is not a book about getting "any" job. It is solely about helping you do the work to get the RIGHT job. For you.]
Most of the techniques in this book are unconventional. But as the author stresses, being different works in the ruthless hiring game. The author forces you to examine yourself, focus your search, and concentrate on only a few jobs and companies. His most compelling advice is to do the job in the interview itself. Most of us have never been taught the importance of this simple yet powerful technique. "Do the job in the interview." It is the mantra of this book.
It is rare for a headhunter to share the secrets of his success. But the author strongly believes in his philosophy, and graciously shares it with us. After reading this book, your perspective of the hiring process will be altered drastically. That alone might be the most salient feature of this tremendous work.
The subjects discussed in this book will make you a more attractive candidate, along with a better interviewer. You will learn how to target your job search, and to focus on what you do best: your work. Regardless of which side of the desk you find yourself, this book should be required reading. As an applicant, you will learn strategies to make you stand out from the crowd. As an employer, you will learn to make more informed hiring decisions, and to reduce the chance of a costly mistake. This book is a powerful tool.
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I don't think most HR, Job Counselors, realize how messed up the job hunting/employment process is.
We need a major change.
In my mind, our modern era is the death of job applications as a usable way to apply for jobs.
Most jobs are found and filled by networking with employees, or friends or relatives who know someone.
I have even used it as a reverse psychology when interviewing new candidates for job opening so it works both ways. Really, for the price you can't go wrong but the gain potential is huge if you follow Nick's advice.
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