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101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions Paperback – February 10, 2009
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My background: I've interviewed for a variety of positions in chemical engineering, hospitals, professional schools, and most recently the pharmaceutical industry. I've also interviewed and evaluated candidates in hospital settings.
I purchased this book hoping to gain additional valuable insights to augment my past interview experiences, but I found the vast majority of advice in the book is either common sense to any experienced job seeker or too general to be especially helpful.
-The recommendations for the dreaded "Tell me about yourself" question are spot on and detailed--easily the most valuable ~7 pages of the entire book.
-Tips on analyzing one's strengths and past accomplishments should help new job seekers as they prepare for first-time professional interviews.
-Easy read--most readers should be able to finish this over the course of an afternoon or less.
-Example responses--if actually repeated verbatim in an interview--would sound extremely artificial, robotic, and would definitely never land you a job. I understand that these only meant to serve as examples, but placing them in quotes may fool some readers into thinking that this is exactly what interviewers want to hear (to be fair, this is addressed in the book, but it's buried in the fine print).Read more ›
Like all X number interview question books, this one has a long list of questions with example answers. What makes it a bit more helpful than most, is before giving the sample answers (both good and bad), the author takes a few sentences to explain the thinking behind the question. This helped me to better envision my own response. The short sample answers were also general enough to be useful to me, rather than some books were the answers are so involved and industry specific that I cannot see how to adapt it to my situation.
The book is not well-written literature. The stop lights are rather silly and his attempts at jokes rarely work. Some of what is covered is self-evident to all but the most socially awkward. I found myself skipping over some sections. But the core of the book was very useful in getting me through the process of analyzing my career to gain the material needed for the next step - the resume and job search books (loved the "Knock 'em Dead" series).
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This book was recommended for my son. It's okay -- not exactly what I expected. It is somewhat repetitious.Published 4 days ago by Debbie Gamel
I read this book in prepping for an interview, but it is good to read it even if you're just updating your resume/CV. Read morePublished 7 days ago by JustinHoca
Reading through the questions and answers in this book is a fantastic way to prepare for hard interviews. Super way to study for interviews! Read morePublished 21 days ago by T. Burton
Do not go to an interview without reading this book from cover to cover. It was a great eye opener for me and I aced the first interview after many years of trying without success. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Martin SM.
I wrote out an outline using the questions so I was very prepared for my interview. No stumbling over questions. I was told I "blew them out of the water."Published 4 months ago by Dins
This is definitely one out of a few books that I'd say are a must read for any young professional or anyone looking for a job. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CAHS