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The final section of the book, does pick up the slack a little bit by delving deeper into the interview questions and actually sounds intelligent when asking and answering the questions...at least when answering in the affirmative. The questions are answered with sample examples of how you should and should not respond and a general explanation of the question. As I mentioned, the affirmative answers are good and the description of the questions are good, but the negative answer are down right embarrassing due to the fact that they are so ridiculous. Here is one of my favorites: "If you were allowed to run the company, what would you do differently?" Recommended answer: "I might investigate whether to sell off the light-manufacturing business and start an aggressive supplier-relations program." Non-recommended answer: "I would make the company more like a school. We would have a three-month summer vacation and catered lunch every day. I would make Friday game day where - instead of working - everyone would be allowed to play games within their department." Wow! Thanks for telling me I shouldn't say that, cause that was on my list of possible responses! What kind of response is that? A response that belongs in a joke book. And that is not any exaggeration either. It's on pg. 181 if you want to look it up. And that is a very common set of responses for all of the questions in the book, the affirmative answer is smart and the negative answer is stupid and flippant.
I give this two stars on not one, because the positive answers to the interview questions had valuable advice offered in them and the explanations behind the questions were solidly stated. But I strongly advise not throwing money away to buy this book. Go to the library and check it out if you must read it; that's what I did and am sleeping pretty well at night because of it.
It is VERY helpful specially when you are in the high-stress period of interviewing. Good chapters on preparing for the interviews and then following up.
Ive looked through many books and found this one to be the best if you are only looking for one book. If you have been job-hunting for over a year, you should find a specialized book relavent to your field of expertise, or consider changing your career.
I give this book partial credit for helping me find my current job!
I used the 2001 edition to find a job in 2006. I was offered the job within a week.
While I was in the "hot seat," the questions triggered responses suggested in the book that I wouldn't have thought of on my own. I walked out of the interview feeling that I had nailed it, unlike previous interviews for various positions within the company. I was offered the job the next day.
Four of my friends read the book and also have new jobs. The book really puts you in the right frame of mind to answer questions that might surprise you and leave you fumbling for the right words. The book is easy to read, but more importantly, it makes you think of how you would respond ahead of time.