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Competency-Based Interviews: Master the Tough New Interview Style and Give Them the Answers That Will Win You the Job Paperback – January 1, 2006
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Instead of focusing on you, Kessler focuses on the interviewer. She gives the interviewer's perspective and examples of what the interviewer might have in front of him or her during the interview. This gave me a better idea of what interviewers are looking for and how I should structure my answers. Building answers around competencies has made my answers more strong and concise.
Kessler also has a section of interview examples and her critiques of the candidate's answers. I recognized a bunch of mistakes I made when I was interviewing for jobs after college. I wish I had this book back then! I'm sure it would have opened a lot more windows of opportunity (or at least ended the job search sooner).
These kinds of books tend to stress me out. Kessler's writing is clear and the pacing was just right for someone like me. It was easy to absorb the main points and see how I could apply them to myself. I still got a panic-y feel in my stomach, but much less than I usually get.Read more ›
Both of them raved about how this book put them in to a fame of mind that made them very comfortable going into and during their actual interviews. It makes you think about questions and areas of your past work expereinces that you should and should not talk about and how to talk about them. Great buy.
"If you are a woman who wants to interview for a powerful job, consider getting your makeup done, a new suit, new shoes, and your hair done by someone who knows what he or she is doing. If you need to lose some weight, start your diet and exercise program soon enough to make a difference before the interview. Get recommendations for makeup artists, manicurists, hair stylists, personal shoppers, and good places to shop from other people you know who look polished and professional. It just may be worth the investment. If you are a man, please consider making some of the same extra effort, too."
Apparently, the primary competency for women, in this author's opinion, is still their appearance. While men just need to ... take a shower or something. I find this completely reprehensible in this day and age. While it is true that you want to look polished and professional, that is something that applies equally to men and women. This passage alone made me completely reassess the author's credibility.
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Love this book. Best one I have read for behavioral interviews. Wish there were more examples for specific job types.Published 10 months ago by alibug9889
Extremely repetitive book lacking true substance, however, I do feel I have a better grasp on competency based interviews after reading this. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rob McLain
Very helpful for someone who has not interviewed in years. Tells you how to prepare for the interview and gives examples.Published 18 months ago by Beth Canfield
Fantastic book. If you have a "behavioral" or "Competency-Based" interview coming up, purchase this book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ryan
It was with increasing pleasure that I read through Ms. Kessler's book. The book is replete with down to Earth examples highlighting a teaching point she was trying to get across. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marcus M. Aquino
Great in-depth resource in preparing for the this style of job interview.Published on July 15, 2014 by Gary Keith
I am working at a BIG4 and I was preparing for a promotion interview when I bought this book. Indeed its quite repetitive as per other reviews but when you are preparing for an... Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Reader n+1