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Having worked closely with job seekers of all nationalities and disciplines it continues to fascinate me that otherwise bright people don't put the work in to prepare themselves for the jobs market in general and job interviews in particular. This is why an awful lot of good people get rejected and (exaggerating to make the point) a lot of awful people get hired. Admittedly, they are not well served by much of the literature on the subject and this is my attempt to redress the balance. My unique but simple approach has worked well for my clients and, providing you do your prep, it will work well for you too.
on April 14, 2013 :
I find that the central theme for this book (focussing on the needs of the company, not the needs of the individual) really helps me to develop a far more objective and far clearer approach to the interview process.
Alan has a no-nonsense style that gets to the heart of the matter, whilst also imparting a huge amount of sound advice to help build understanding, aid preparation, and improve one's marketing skills. In current times, and with competition greater than ever, securing an interview is a success in its own right - preparing for interview with a clear head should boost your performance, and I find Alan's book to be a very useful (and repeat) guide to presenting oneself in the very best light.
I would certainly recommend this book. In my opinion, it is a sound investment.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Feb. 12, 2012 :
This book is quite timely with the economy in the state it is in and so many people out of work. You really need to step up your game if you want to get hired, more people out of work means more competition. Alan gives you specific steps you can take to come out on top and succeed at your interview and ultimately get the job. Learn what questions to ask, what information to present, how to present yourself and tips for making yourself stand out. Like Alan says, it no longer is enough to just be yourself, you have to sell yourself and this book can help you do that. I would suggest this little book to anyone looking for a job that might be frustrated with going on interview after interview and not getting a call back. Start working on yourself and you will see results.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Nov. 07, 2011 :
I bought this book because I've been looking for a job for about 6 weeks now with little luck. It's years since I did an interview and I've got one coming up this week so panic stations! I don't normally write reviews but thought this book deserved one simply because I feel so much better about Thursday now than I did a few days ago. The book isn't too long (big plus when you're stressed!) but the biggest thing for me anyway was that it focuses you on what the interviewer wants to hear - rather than what you maybe are intending on selling. I've prepared a lot for my interview since reading this and I actually feel like I will get the job too. I personally wouldn't use 100% of what this book has to offer but you can take or leave what works for you - none of it is bad advice. The questions and answers section is worth the purchase price on its own. Sorry, I'm rambling now, nervous tension for Thurs prob. In short: great book, easy to read, and seriously good value for money if (when) I get this job!!!!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Oct. 06, 2011 :
A cracking read. This book has shifted my whole attitude towards job hunting and interviews.
Straight and to the point, it cuts through all the "fluff" about interviews to talk about what really matters.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on July 23, 2011 :
This was very useful and really helped calm my nerves before an interview. I didn't agree with everything it said, and it seemed to be directed towards a corporate American interview, but it made some excellent points and put everything into perspective. I would definitely recommend it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)