- Hardcover: 202 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc (February 11, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471858897
- ISBN-13: 978-0471858898
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Five Minute Interview Hardcover – February 11, 1987
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This talks about a different interview style, basically how to have a conversation with someone vs having them ask you questions (like an interrogation) and then have that awkward silence when the person asks you if you have any questions. If you do the interview correctly there would be no questions at the end, because they already have been answered (without the interviewer even realizing it sometimes!)
This book teaches you to have conversations during the interview that answer those awkward "where do you see yourself in 5 years" questions BEFORE they are even asked.
I have used these techniques since I read the book and it is RARE that I have not had a 2nd interview EVER. My sister used the techniques/still does and has been promoted many times.
It does come with a warning.. if the person interviewing you does NOT have solid interview skills you will end up interviewing them! Because it's basically picking up what someone said last and asking a question.. then repeating things.. basically having a conversation and back and forth dialogue. You start being more "present" in the interview and can pick up on what is important to the company and what types of things they would want to know about you, not just sitting there and going through question 1-50.
This is a definite read if you need help and always feel like you are "not in charge" while being interviewed. Remember it should be a mutual exchange, and both you and prospective employer should be on the same page.
It even got me through the recession, I was laid off and got a better job in 2 weeks!
The main premise of this book is that every interview is highly dependent on an individual interviewer. When a candidate comes for an interview (s)he can only guess what an interviewer is looking for. In reality (s)he has no idea.
So, instead of responding to questions with guessing answers, -shooting from the hip so to speak -, the book suggests to spend first 5 minutes of the interview actually interviewing interviewer. Only then, with concrete knowledge of what this particular interviewer is looking for, the candidate can answer intelligently, matching his or her skills, knowledge and experience to particular needs of the interviewer.
Obviously this approach is not for cowards. One needs courage to change the usual interview procedure. It provides you with all the knowledge one needs to have to master and use this approach. I have followed this book with great success as both interviewee and interviewer.
From the book you'll learn all the different interview types and styles; the questions that will provide you with the ultimate knowledge of the company, your future responsibilities, and what it would take to succeed in the particular environment. You will learn how to match your background to the needs of the interviewer for the best results. You'll become and position yourself as an intelligent and competent interviewee.
Buy "The Five-minute Interview," read it, and use it to your great success.
One feedback talks about being a pushover. As an interviewer I love candidates like this ... for lunch ;).
If you want to be Michael Jordan of interviewing process then this book is for you. If you want to be doormat, then save your money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
exce;;ent for watercolours and you can rest your brush on the top.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I decided to buy this book after checking it out at my local library. Lot of useful information that I want to keep on top of.Published 7 months ago by Marcia
A good start. Highly recommend rehearsing before any interview. I rehearse at least 3 times before I go in for and interview. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tyr
Excellent outline of how to find out what is important to the hiring manager to better yourself to answer their questions.Published 23 months ago by Just Me
Very helpful strategies. Some basic points that we have to consider and we ussualy don't do. It helped me.Published on April 5, 2010 by Amazon Customer