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301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions

ISBN: 9781402203855

By: Vicky Oliver

Published: 05/01/2005

In today’s job market, how you perform in an interview can make or break your hiring possibilities.

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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 Questions is the definitive guide you need to the real, and sometimes quirky, questions employers are using to weed out candidates. Do you know the best answers to: --It looks like you were fired twice. How did that make you feel? --Do you know who painted this work of art? --What is the best-managed company in America? --If you could be any product in the world, what would you choose? --How many cigars are smoked in a year? --Are you a better visionary or implementer? Why? Leaning on her own years of experience and the experiences of more than 5,000 recent candidates, Vicky Oliver shows you how to finesse your way onto a company’s payroll. “Everything I always wanted to know about job interviews but was afraid to be asked.” -Claude Chene, Senior Vice President, Head of Business Development, U.K. and Europe, Sanford Bernstein & Co.

About the Author

Vicky Oliver

Vicky Oliver is an award-winning copywriter with several years of experience at brand name, top tier advertising agencies in Manhattan. Ms. Oliver’s numerous articles have appeared in the New York Times “Job Market” section, Adweek magazine, and on Crain’s New York Business website. She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Professional Acknowledgments

Introduction: How to Prepare for the Most Harrowing Forty-Five Minutes of Your Life: The Job Interview

Chapter 1:
Start with the Basics: Answering the Easy Questions

Chapter 2:
Give Us One Good Reason Not to Hire You

Chapter 3:
You’re Too Old, Too Young, Too Seasoned, Too Green, Too Female

Chapter 4:
The Impossible Question

Chapter 5:
How to Answer the Personality Test

Chapter 6:
None of Your Business
(Or, Are You Really Allowed to Ask Me That?)

Chapter 7:
Good Cop/Bad Cop Routines in the Interviewing Game

Chapter 8:
Questions from Another Galaxy, Far, Far Away

Chapter 9:
So You Were Fired

Chapter 10:
Your Turn

Chapter 11:
If I’d Only Said X Instead of Y, I’d Be Hired
(Or, How to Change Your Answers after the Interview)

Chapter 12:
Special Situations

Conclusion:
How to Snag the Job of Your Life in Forty-Five Minutes

Appendix:
Job Websites
Index
About the Author

Excerpt

Excerpt from Chapter 1:

An old adage tells us “there are no stupid questions.” If only there were no stupid answers!

If you are tired, underprepared, or overly nervous when you meet ...

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Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 8 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 19.00 oz
Page Count: 384 pages

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