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The Five Minute Interview Hardcover – February 11, 1987

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Product Details

  • 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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This is a well written book for someone fighting to get a job. Some good practice exercises that require some introspection into how to answer potential questions from interviewers. This was highly recommended by a friend as the best homework for job interviews.
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A friend gave me this book maybe 7 years ago or so.. and I loved it so much I gave it to my sister.

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!
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After a couple years of retirement, it was time to look for a job. And not one in the fields I had worked in. This book had been recommended to me to assist in my search for employment. It was a good read, and quite interesting. Yes, I found a job, but not necessarily because of this book.
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In the course of my professional career I've read quite a few books on interview process. I've been both an interviewee and interviewer. This book is by far the best book on interviewing I've ever read and used with great success on both sides of a table, so to speak.

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.
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I gave it a five because it helps me to see the big picture. So far I've only used it once and the questions seemed to go over the interviewers head. I'm female so I think he may have been a little intimidated. I was very subtle but I don't think many interviewers are knowledgeable enough to answer these types of questions. I may save most of them for when I speak to upper level executives. Great book and easy read.
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It's interesting that people who don't understand the nature of the hiring process and leave everything to chance are negative on this book. At the same time, people who understand that to be hired takes more than guessing what interviewer wants, like it. It's as much if not more a responsibility of an interviewee to interview interviewer. The way I see it, I am in so much more powerful position when I join the firm when I know all there is to know. This book provides you with questions to uncover both 2,000 feet overview as well as small but important issues. You can effectively use the same questions way before formal interview process begins in your informational interviewing.

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.
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