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How to Interview Like a Top MBA: Job-Winning Strategies From Headhunters, Fortune 100 Recruiters, and Career Counselors Paperback – January 12, 2004
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Strategies for turning your next interview into an offer--as taught at today's leading business schools
Every job interview is a one-shot opportunity to dramatically improve your career and lifestyle. World-class MBA programs recognize this fact and now provide their students with detailed courses and coaching on how to dress for an interview, what to say, what not to say, and more.
How to Interview Like a Top MBA presents today's best-of-the-best strategies and skills into an all-in-one, MBA-level interviewing how-to. Featuring insights from Fortune 100 executives, headhunters, career counselors, and MBA graduates, this no-nonsense guidebook arms you with:
- Tips for highlighting your relevant skills and experience with concise, compelling, and well-structured answers
- Information you should know about an interviewing company, its industry, the position, and even the interviewers themselves
- Ways to directly address résumé weak spots or periods of extended unemployment--without apologizing!
- Techniques for identifying and highlighting transferable skills when you're looking to enter a new profession
- Worksheets, charts, and other hands-on tools for mapping out a powerful interview strategy and plan of action
- 100 sample questions you can expect to hear--with sample answers that can impress your interviewer
In today's ultracompetitive and uncompromising job market, the next position you get will set the tone for the rest of your career. Let How to Interview Like a Top MBAshow you how to develop the skills and confidence you need to enter each interview as a top candidate--and turn that interview into an exciting new job.
About the Author
Dr. Shel Leanne is the president of the Wilshel Corporation, an educational and career consulting service. A former McKinsey & Company consultant, a Harvard graduate, and a former Harvard faculty member, she runs interview workshops with MBA students at Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, and other top business schools.
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Top Customer Reviews
The rest of the book falls into two main sections, covering interviewing best practices and 100 tough interview questions. The best practices will be useful to those who haven't read other interviewing books. However, their most important lessons can be gleaned merely by reading the table of contents. (Example: "Shape the Interview with Responses to Open-Ended and Turnaround Questions.")
The "tough questions" section is what holds the potential to distinguish this book from the masses of unremarkable job-search literature. Its advice for answers is sound, but formulaic: "I have qualities A and B, as exhibited by when I did C. I know D about your company, which shows how A and B will be important for the job, so I am ideally suited for it." Even questions about the interviewee's shortcomings follow this basic formula, with a prefix: "I was in difficult situation X, and it didn't turn out well because of Y. I learned from the situation and now..." Several answers are disappointingly trite. The worst was an example lauding soccer as an extracurricular because of "the way I have to focus on attaining goals." Also, many questions are more applicable to recent graduates than experienced hires.
The book is worth a quick read, and the repetition of the Q&A section serves as a good do-it-yourself interviewing drill, but it's certainly not exceptional.
WCIYP? Is different, it is more of a book about seeking/doing what you like/are meant to do/be. It has some general interview tips (and good ones) but it is more of a job seekers guide.
This book is focused on the job interview which is what I wanted. So you got the great resume and job interviews lined up. How can you ace the most important part of the process? PREPARE that is how. This book is excellent on preparing you for the typical questions you will get from standard interviews. I went on two interviews and got two job offers.
I won't credit the book for 100% for the job offers, but I will say it helped me prepare for my interviews and understand the reasons behind the questions I was being asked. This information was helpful and I recommend this book to every job seeker with an interview lined up. It definitely helped me and I got some questions in the book during my interviews.
Hope this helps.
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Helpful book. I have loaned it to several people who were job searching, and they have all said the content is helpful. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Aileen Chen
GREAT resource! Any and every job seeker can benefit from this book.Published 23 months ago by blackpearl