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301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions Paperback – May 1, 2005
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From the Author
Vicky Oliver is an award-winning copywriter with X years of experience at brand name, top tier advertising agencies in Manhattan. She would confess how long she's been in the field, but that would go straight to her age-something she feels strongly that one should never reveal on a job interview. As a freelance writer, Ms. Oliver has written extensively about unemployment and the job search, appearing on the front page of the New York Times Job Market Section, in Adweek magazine, and on Crain's New York Business website. Ms. Oliver has also worked with more than 5,000 professionals who have emailed her for advice on their job hunt and has given seminars on the topic at The Writer's Voice in Manhattan.
About the Author
Vicky Oliver is an award-winning copywriter with several years of experience at brand name, top tier advertising agencies in Manhattan. Ms. Oliver's numerous articles have appeared in the New York Times "Job Market" section, Adweek magazine, and on Crain's New York Business website. She lives in New York City.
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The questions are definitely good, but the answers are not, as the author gives one very specific answer, but rarely gives any general advice on what employers are looking for in your answer.
Unless you somehow fit the title of this review, there are better books for you.
And good luck in your job search!
As an example consider this response provided to a supposed interviewers question regarding if a candidate had ever made a mistake that cost their company money: "I suppose that asking for name-brand vodka at the Christmas party, instead of the generic swill that they normally serve, doesn't count, right? No, really honestly, I'm delighted to report that I never made a mistake that cost my company money." Can you imagine actually saying that in an interview? I know I can't. They've NEVER in their entire career EVER done ANYTHING that cost their company a single Penny??? Congratulations, of the 1,000 plus people I've worked with in my career, you're the FIRST one I've ever met who can say that. If I was interviewing someone who said that to me, I would politely thank them for them time and wish them luck.
Or to the supposed question of can you tell me about anytime that you ever missed a deadline, "I would absolutely love to, but honestly, it's never happened". Really? Never??? Even for reasons that may not have been anything within your control???. As a seasoned 25 year professional, everyone I've ever known has missed a deadline or two at some time. But not this person. They are perfect. And that's what she advises you to say in your interview??? Again, if I'm the interviewer, I'm having a hard time with this person's credibility. Be real. Be honest. Own it. Everyone with any track record has at one time or another missed a deadline. Don't tell me to BS the answer, tell me how to honestly answer it in a positive way. That's what I bought the book for.
I don't wish to be overly critical. But from what I read, the questions seem OK by and large, but the answers seem Flip and unrealistic. The underlying message I get from reading many of the answers given is, it's OK to Lie in an interview, just don't get caught and BS your way through the interview. This is after all the age of denial of personal responsibility.
Sorry to say, If I'm interviewing this book, it doesn't get the job.
If you can -borrow it from library or from friend. I don't find it necessary to keep a copy of the book.