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301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions

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"As valuable for the executive going into her umpteenth interview as for the college grad seeking his first real job."
-Richard Zackson, Business Coach, Professional Coaching Network

In today's job market, how you perform in an interview can make or break your hiring possibilities. If you want to stand a head above the rest of the pack, 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Sourcebooks
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I have been in my current position for nearly 5 years and was hoping to stay until I retire. The pay is low and the commute is deadly, but my supervisor is undemanding, lets me work from home once a week, and the work is easy. In spite of the long drive, I do quite a bit of walking (at least 10,000 steps a day, so I can enjoy all the fabulous restaurants!). Sadly, my supervisor is going on sabbatical and no longer has a need for my position. Instead of laying me off, he
Denise みか Hutchins
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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Although this book wasn't a bad way to prepare for an interview, it was so long and exhaustive that it was always the first of my three interviewing books that I set aside. There is excellent information here, good ideas that can be applied to any interview for any job, but the number of interview questions covered actually made me feel overwhelmed rather than prepared. I found myself skipping the actual questions and only reading the grey boxes which contained interviewing tips and explanations ...more
Julio Biason
Nov 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ibooks
I have to be honest and say that I dropped the reading of this half-way through it.

Right out of the bad, the author warns that one shouldn't simply repeat the answers she's giving here, but put it their (the reader) own twist. And she does a good thing by adding, after the answer, some tips around the answer itself: why it works, what you shouldn't do, why such questions are asked...

But not every single answer have an explanation. They are there by themselves, which makes a bit hard to put your
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this 3.5 stars but rounded it up. This book is filled with probably every possible question that would be asked in an interview. Some of the example answers aren't useful, but it's a good start to know how these difficult questions can be answered. ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I didn't have time to read this book cover-to-cover before my last interview, so I just used it to dip in and out of chapters with questions/topics I had struggled with in the past. I found this book really useful for brainstorming on what I might say for different questions and what aspects of myself I would like to emphasize/downplay. I felt amazing during my last interview thanks to the prep work I did with this book. There was only 1 question asked that I hadn't fully thought through. I woul ...more
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I like the idea of this book but reading through it, the given answers feel phony and some of them were just bad. For example as a usability person, I cringed at the suggestion of the interviewee suggesting a flash opening with music for the company's web site--it seemed as if the author just invents stuff for areas that she doesn't know much about which made me wonder how much I can trust the rest of her answers. I was kind of offended with her "heroes" answer which had Albert Einstein for the ...more
Ana Sofia
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic and very interesting! As someone who absolutely LOVES reading about job interviews and how to prepare for them (which is really no surprise when you know me and know that I plan to work in Human Resources in the future) I couldn't have asked for a better book! This is wonderful if you want to prepare for an interview or if you, like me, enjoy reading about the subject. They give you genius answers to many questions ranging from your typical interview to those dreaded ones ...more
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
While this book does hold some gems, I found it cumbersome to read.

Each tough interview question is followed by an example answer.
This works in some cases but I would have preferred more succinct information.

For example:
What they want to hear:
Example Answer:

Most of the material seems to be geared toward a specific career type so I had to wade through quite a bit to find relevant information.

An E-book format, with it's search function, would probably much easier to use.
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Vicky Oliver isn’t just a Career Coach, she’s a Career Artist, helping people to find and hone their professional brand and using it to reach their career goals. Her extensive experience and research make her a top job-hunting consultant. Her background in marketing and as an award-winning copywriter at brand name, top-tier advertising agencies in Manhattan, has made her an expert not only in adve ...more

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