Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Career Preparation

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Career Preparation

Article excerpt

Career preparation includes resume writing, interviewing skills, and various information that aids the job-seeker in preparing for and landing a job. The reader will learn how to organize and construct a marketable resume; how to prepare for tough interview questions; and how to equip employees with the right skills to communicate with co-workers, employers and more!

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101 Toughest Interview Questions.. And Answers That Win The Job!, (2009) by Daniel Porot and Frances Bolles Haynes. Ten Speed Press, 248 pages, Paper, $12.99

Book's Purpose or Theme:

The authors guide job seekers in preparing for interviews and handling specific questions. The book is a great starting point for interview preparation.

Brief Summary of Content:

The authors split the sample interview questions and preparation tips into four categories: Can you do the job? Who are you? Will you fit in at the company? and What will you cost us? For each type of question, the authors provide information on what to convey and how candidates should prepare.

As the authors point out, the early part of the interview process focuses on Can you do the job? questions. If the answer is no, the answers to the other questions will not matter. It is a candidate's responsibility to identify and convey their relevant skills and abilities with clear-cut information. Specific examples and stories of strengths and accomplishments can convey skills and abilities.

Who are you? questions focus on motivation and personality. The employer needs an accurate sense of the candidate as a person and wants to hear about likes, dislikes, values and achievements. For these questions, the way a candidate answers can be as important as the content of the answer. The authors encourage candidates to answer with passion. Will you fit? questions shed light on whether die job seeker is a potential asset to the group. Employers need to learn about interpersonal, team work and problem solving skills. While the authors encourage candidates to share detailed descriptions and stories, they recommend referring to others in positive terms.

Lastly, What will you cost us? questions help the employer gather information on a candidate's compensation expectations. The authors encourage candidates to conduct salary research prior to the interview and ask clarifying questions after the interviewer has introduced the topic. Each of the 101 interview questions appears on a right side page, with the answer templates and examples on the back ofthat page. This layout allows the job seeker to provide their own answers before reviewing the authors' answers. The comparison of answers makes clear any needed adjustments. If the candidate is using these questions as part of a mock interview, the suggested answers give the mock interviewer a source of comparison, too.

Most Useful Things Learned from the Book:

The first most important aspect of the book is the sample questions and answers. For someone that hasn't interviewed before or hasn't interviewed in a long time, these samples provide a good overview of an interview and how to best communicate strengths. …

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