Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review: How to Interview Like a Pro

How to Interview Like a Pro
Title: How to Interview Like a Pro: 43 Rules for Getting Your Next Job
Author: Mary Greenwood
Publisher: iUniverse.com
Release Date: December 2, 2010
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: Author
Reviewed by: D.S. White

DESCRIPTION:

If you can’t seem to get the interviews and job offers you want, it’s time to learn How to Interview Like a Pro.

Written by longtime human resources director Mary Greenwood, the author of How to Negotiate Like a Pro and How to Mediate Like a Pro, this guidebook offers strategies and practical tips about the interview process. Learn how to prepare for your next interview and how to answer the difficult questions that leave other candidates stuttering.



You will learn forty-three rules that will help you get your next job. Here’s a sample of the types of tips you’ll get:


  • PREPARING AND DELIVERING A GOOD ELEVATOR SPEECH IS ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESS.
  • BEING NOSEY ABOUT THE INTERVIEW PROCESS CAN WORK IN YOUR FAVOR.
  • THE RIGHT OUTFIT, THE RIGHT HANDSHAKE AND THE RIGHT DEMEANOR ARE ESSENTIAL.
  • ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS AT THE INTERVIEW.

This guidebook is the perfect mix of reference materials, case studies, state and federal resources, and checklists. Discover the edge you need to produce results and learn How to Interview Like a Pro.

MY THOUGHTS:

“Rule 8. Be in interview mode all the time.

…An employer told me about an applicant who wore bedroom slippers and short shorts while picking up an application. Often the person you get the application from is the same person who will interview you. If you are wearing bedroom slippers and shorts, the employer does not need to read the application to decide you are not employee material.”

For such a slender volume, this book is chocked full of fabulously pertinent advice for the job seeker. It is delivered in a common sense manner and each rule is demonstrated by a concise example as it takes you through all the stages before, during and after the job interview.

Even after having worked a short stint in Human Resources myself, I still learned a thing or three. I wasn’t even half-way through the protected classes section when I realized that I had been hoodwinked and bamboozled for most of my working career; but I must admit that I had no one to blame for that but myself.  A wise person once said that we perish from a lack of knowledge.

So what’s my point? You’ve got to have a plan. Studies show that those who end up achieving their goals are those who have a written plan. If you’re looking for a job, your plan should be to ensure that you are as qualified as possible before you arrive for the interview. Your plan should entail How to Interview Like a Pro–an advice, workbook and reference toolkit all-in-one.

MY RATING:

4-1/2 Mice Review Rating



MY RECOMMENDATION:

This award winning book is suitable to thoroughly equip and empower the beginner as well as the seasoned job seeker with the legal knowledge, negotiating strategies, and basic interview etiquette necessary to shine.

TO PURCHASE:

If you wish to have your very own copy, How to Interview Like a Pro is available as follows:

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository (Free Shipping Worldwide. *Check to see if they ship to your country before ordering.)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mary Greenwood
Mary Greenwood is an Attorney, Mediator, and Author of three award-winning books. Her latest book, How to Interview Like a Pro is based on Greenwood’s experience as a Human Resources Director and Attorney as well as her own experience as a head hunter and an applicant. It has already won eleven book awards including the Best How To Book category in the Reader View Book Awards, a Pinnacle Book Award, Honorable Mention in the DIY Book Festival and a silver winner in the ForeWord Magazine Book Awards. She has a BA and MA in English, a Law Degree and an LL.M. in Labor Law. Greenwood lives in Orlando, Florida with her Boston terrier Annabelle.

To learn more about Mary and her books please visit her site: http://marygreenwood.org.

DISCLOSURE: A free copy of the book was received from the author in exchange for a review. The above review is my honest opinion of the book.

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