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Has some dialogue that will be helpful to some and not to others
on October 18, 2009
This audio book provides 250 job interview questions, basic ones, and very short responses that are designed to steer clear of controversy or create a poor impression. However, I'm not recommending it to most people.
Compared to other books on the subject, this one puts me to sleep even though it has good ideas. While I did not find the book engaging, some may.
I'm basically always up for reading/listening to another book that discusses interviewing. For me the value is on the side of the interviewer since that is one of my job functions. In case I am the interviewee, I somewhat feel prepared.
Books of this nature provide value to anybody that will be in job interviews on either side of the table. I learned the hard way that I need such books, because my first interviews didn't go well due to the fact that I didn't know what to ask. I'm sure I appeared unprepared and even stupid and felt ten times worse. After that, I made it my business to understand the interviewing process well and always be prepared.
The value of this book is limited because it doesn't go into any detail. I think one should be authentic in an interview and not provide "canned answers" where books such as this could lead. Still, if you're being interviewed and you really don't have a good answer or one you're comfortable with, you might as well give a very short memorized answer right out of this book. Nothing wrong with that as long as other parts of the interview are more engaging and authentic! You will appear well-prepared and informed about what makes for an acceptable short answer.
The person being interviewed has to at some point show some leadership in the interview, unless it is for a very low-paid position. Thus, having answers ready is only the beginning of preparation. You should ask questions and get into discussions related to the company and the work itself.
In my opinion, an interview where the interviewer asks questions and the interviewee merely responds is not a "good" interview. That's an interview that both sides can check off as completed but unlikely to go to the next level. This book can provide some basic support, the beginning of one's preparation for a successful interview.