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The Underground Guide To Job Interviewing: A Quick and Irreverent Primer for the Working Professional Paperback – December 16, 2011
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"This timely guide... shows job seekers in every field how to turn interviewing--an often an intimidating, mysterious process--into a golden opportunity to shine."
--Doug Levinson, Business Consultant; Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California; Principal, Strategy that Rocks; Author, 75/25, 3/4 of an MBA, 1/4 of the Grief
"Todd Moster's book on interviewing is a must-read for anyone who anticipates a job interview with any degree of trepidation... If you are going to be going through job interviews, especially for a professional position, read this book. Then read it again."
--Bill Saleebey, Ph.D., Author, Connecting: Beyond the Name Tag
"The Underground Guide to Job Interviewing is a comprehensive, well written, funny book that is a quick read, and will reinforce what you already know and provide you with some new tips on successful interviewing."
--Susan Wise Miller, M.A., Founder of California Career Services and award-winning National Certified Career Counselor
"...an irreverent yet essential guide for the professional looking to leapfrog the job-hunting competition...It's easier to find a job when you have a job, but it's easier still when you follow Todd's unique advice."
--Marty Rudoy, Attorney and Partner at Rudoy Fleck, Los Angeles, California
"Love it! Todd Moster has created an easy, fun, slightly snarky read on a critical topic: Job Interviewing...It is packed with helpful information..."
--Faith Pincus, CEO, Pincus Professional Education CLE Seminars; CEO, Finz Advance Tapes case summaries; Author, upcoming ABA book, Be Heard: Public Speaking for Attorneys
About the Author
An accomplished attorney, former writer for documentary television, and longtime executive recruiter, Todd Moster has been involved in more job interview scenarios than any decent human being should be expected to endure.
A 1982 graduate of UCLA School of Law, Todd held several jobs in the legal profession, from attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration to deputy district attorney, associate attorney for three different law firms, and finally, as a business and real estate partner for a well-regarded Los Angeles law firm. He has taken more than fifty jury trials to verdict and presided over small claims and traffic cases as a judge pro tem.
Todd left the practice of law fourteen years ago to become an executive recruiter in the legal industry. He worked for two of the largest recruiting companies in the world before founding his own legal search firm, Moster Legal Placement, Inc. (mosterlegal.com), in 2008.
Over the course of his career as a recruiter, Todd has prepared thousands of people for job interviews. He's recruited and placed a variety of legal professionals into jobs with law firms and corporations, including law firm partners and associates, in-house corporate attorneys, paralegals, and legal marketing directors. His company offers a specialized coaching service, Interview BootCamp® (mosterlegal.com/Bootcamp.html), which trains professionals in effective job interview techniques.
Todd has also worked in documentary television, including as a writer for the popular History Channel show "The Great Ships."
Top Customer Reviews
First, full disclosure: I have met Todd, who attended my alma mater and requested me to read his book. Second: a confession. I have been so busy with coaching clients and completing my 14th book, Secrets of the Business of Law, 2nd ed., that I didn't have spare time. With my book just released, I finally had time to turn to Todd's, and wished I had read it sooner! His book is easy to read. It flows. The tips (dare I say, the "Secrets") that Todd shares practical and must be followed -- if you want to succeed in getting a good job.
Todd covers all the bases involved in conducting an effective interview, from the genuine importance of knowing "what do you want to be when you grow up?" to knowing your own resume so that you can respond quickly and confidently to the interviewer, and having good questions prepared for the interviewer to facilitate an effective dialogue. Some of Todd's advice, such as to not ask about money in the interview, is counter-intuitive but absolutely correct. As Todd makes clear, an interview is not just about money; it's about the firm culture and how it fits your goals and personality. Along the way, Todd employs graphics which are not only hilarious but set forth important principles.
Whether you are looking for a job, or looking for an employee (though Todd is clear that this is not a book for employers), you would be well-served by reading The Underground Guide to Job Interviewing.
Ed Poll, J.D., M.B.A., CMC, author of Secrets of the Business of Law, 2nd ed.,(2012) and many more, including Turning Your Law Practice into a Business (http://www.amazon.com/Small-Firm-Logistics-Turning-Practice-Business/dp/097976100X/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1328577121&sr=8-14)
The Tricky Questions chapter is worth the investment in this book alone. Understanding and being prepared to answer questions like: What Would You Say Are Your Greatest Strengths and Weaknesses? and What Do You Like Least about Your Present Job/Profession? are important questions to be ready for. Todd will help you with these too.
And, do you know what to wear (or not to wear) to your job interview? Todd has an entire section on recommendations for your job interview attire.
In a nutshell, this is everything in a nutshell. Todd has covered all the bases and you'll get them in this brilliant and complete book.
I'm convinced when you follow Todd's advice your land that job AND quite likely be well positioned for future advancement in the company.
Great advice for understanding what's important not only to your potential employer, but also what's important to you.
I highly recommend it. Also since the author is a high level recruiter with his own successful business in Los Angeles, he obviously knows what's talking about and what's important to the firms who are hiring. And all the "lessons" are written in a wonderfully laid back and entertaining style. If your looking for a job... it's a must read.
The Underground Guide To Job Interviewing: A Quick and Irreverent Primer for the Working Professionalthat really do give relevant advice in this crummy economy.
-- Steven J. Harper, author of The Partnership: A Novel,Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster's Story, and Straddling Worlds: The Jewish-American Journey of Professor Richard W. Leopold, adjunct professor at Northwestern University, regular contributor to The American Lawyer (and AM LAW DAILY), Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and recently retired after 30 years as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.