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The Smart Guide to the Perfect Job Interview (Smart Guides) Paperback – February 1, 2012
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About the Author
David Holmes is the founder of Cavender Park Consulting, LLC, which offers strategy consulting to corporations and wealthy families and teaches leadership skills, business development processes, and interview techniques to MBA students, military veterans, and other professionals who are changing careers. He is a former managing director and regional director at global banks such as Credit Suisse and JPMorgan Chase. He lives in Frisco, Texas.
Top Customer Reviews
When I first got my hands on his SMART Guide to the Perfect Job Interview, I thought it was a bit 'thick'. However, as I got into it I found that it doesn't just focus on the interview itself, but there are also a plethora of great tips on how to 'get' to the interview, which is where most folks struggle mightily. You can work through the complete guide if you haven't interviewed in ages; or you can zero in on specific chapters if you just need to reinforce something. There are numerous, very useful, examples for job seekers from various professions and levels. David helps the reader prepare by indentifying what value they can bring to the hiring company and, then making sure they can communicate that value effectively to the decision makers; based on the company's needs. All of that preparation helps to make the interview more predictable to the candidate and vastly improves their odds of success.
One final thought: It would be very useful for Interviewers, who are on the other side of the table, to read key elements of the guide. It just might help them interview candidates more effectively and make better hiring decisions!
Reminiscent of the job search classic by Robert Bolles, What Color is Your Parachute, this Smart Guide to the Perfect Interview is chock full of checklists, useful tools and techniques, practical tips and other real-world, concrete advice aimed at increasing self-knowledge and identifying strengths. It then shows the reader how to leverage the insights gained about oneself and the interview process into interview strategies and behaviors that allow the job seeker to stand out while maintaining integrity and authenticity; and that increase the likelihood of landing that interesting, challenging job that we all seek. Especially valuable are the chapters on how to differentiate oneself in an interview by demonstrating core skills such as leadership, salesmanship and relationship management. These are qualities that almost all interviewers look for in candidates to one degree or another.
If you are now in the job search mode or think you may soon be, read this book. You'll be glad you did.