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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (21 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470019034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470019030
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Rob Yeung is a chartered psychologist of the British Psychological Society with a PhD in psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry (part of King's College London). He is a director at leadership consulting firm Talentspace Ltd, where he works both with corporate clients and private individuals. He helps organisations to hire and develop leaders; he also coaches individuals on both business and life issues.

He is the author of over 20 books including over a dozen bestsellers which have been translated into dozens of languages worldwide.

Some of his most popular books include:
* How To Win: The Argument, the Pitch, the Job, the Race
* You Can Change Your Life: Easy steps to getting what you want
* Confidence: The art of getting whatever you want
* I is for Influence: The new science of persuasion
* E is for Exceptional: The new science of success
* Personality: How to unleash your hidden strengths

His books have gained critical acclaim as well as wider popularity because of his efforts to make rigorous psychology available to the widest possible audiences.

He has written for national newspapers including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and Financial Times; he is also a popular commentator on television including BBC, CNN and ITN news programmes.

You can read his blog, listen to podcasts and watch videos at his official website:

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Stay one step ahead of the other candidates How do you respond to authority? What are your personal shortcomings? Passing a test is much easier when you′ve already seen the questions, so let master interviewer Rob Yeung brief you on the toughest interview questions and the most impressive answers. This book places you one step ahead of the competition by making your honest answers sound great and your best answers sound honest. Get your game plan – understand the ins and outs of the interviewing game and make sure you′ve done your homework Keep cool – discover techniques on thriving under the pressure of an interview Survive sticky situations – learn to handle hypothetical and analytical questions and deal with personal questions Open the book and find: Ways to avoid clichéd answers Advice on talking positively about weaknesses Techniques on dismissing interview nerves Advice on conveying your unique selling points A step–by–step guide to beating the psychometric tests Techniques on handling hypothetical questions Guidance on coping with the pressure of an interview Tips on creating the perfect career Learn to: Understand the interviewing game Thrive under pressure Perfect your interview performance Deal with tricky questions and situations

About the Author

Rob Yeung presented BBC TV′s How to Get Your Dream Job. He also works as a psychology consultant and has written several career development books, including Public Speaking and Presentations For Dummies.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By m.bison on 10 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
I found that this book gave some good answers to the "Give me an example of..." questions that crop up time and time again in interviews. The book will provide a decent script of what to say in interviews and when filling out application forms. After several interviews, giving an example of team working, organisational skills, communication skills etc will become like telling a long joke or a familiar story. The answers aren't perfect and they can be specific to a certain role, so you have to be creative and re-work the sample answers to fit into your employment/education background. Overall, though, they offer a good starting point of what employers what to hear from you in an interview.

The competencies-based chapter is a big plus with this book. Competency-based interviews are all the rage these days and a lot of interview books do not deal with them at all. Although there is only one chapter that deals with competency interviews in this book, it is one chapter more than most.

Although it may seem like it, this book won't get you a job if you are good at simply memorising lines. Until that book comes out (and I'll be first in the queue when it does), this is probably the best interview aid out there.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Captain Craig on 3 July 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought a bunch of interview books in one go as I hadn't been on an interview for a while until recent circumstances necessitated a job hunt.

The content is excellent if you want advice on how to answer typical (and some not-so-typical) questions then this book is great.

The author presents a BBC TV programme on the topic of job hunting too so obviously a very credible source.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JHM on 5 Feb. 2007
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Don't get me wrong, I'm good at my job so I felt a bit embarrassed buying this book that says it's for Dummies! But there's a heap of information here that the title doesn't really hint at. For example there's a couple of chapters on researching and preparing way before you get to an interview. And while it sounds obvious in retrospect, it's not something I'd ever really done enough of (I'd tended to wing it).

The book takes quite a long time to work through as you really need to read the advice and then figure out your own approach to answering the question, but the author seems to know what he's talking about as I had a bunch of interviews recently and got offered two jobs!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Becky Mallery on 27 Jan. 2007
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This book is a must for anyone who has ANY interview coming up! I just had an interview for a postgraduate university course after a very long gap since my last interview, and due to this book I aced it!:)

It guides you through all the steps you need to take to shine in any interview, from researching the job (or course etc...) you are going for (imperative!),polishing your interview performance ( including helpful tips to calm your nerves and exude confident body language) to working out answers to literally any question you may be asked. In addition it helps you avoid common mistakes which could cost you getting an offer.

The author emphasizes the importance of using the answers he gives as a guide only, and to create your own. Although this takes some time and effort on your part, it is vital as they need to be genuine. Although some of the questions used in my recent interview were worded slightly differently to the authors, boy was it helpful to have created and practiced my answers! No question stumped me, and I had plenty of examples/ points ready which I could use throughout the interview. A real confidence booster!

This book includes chapters on competency-based interviewing (becoming more and more popular with interviewer's), thriving under pressure interviews, hypothetical questions and many others. In addition it has a chapter on asking the right kind of questions. Following Dr Rob Yeung's advice the questions I asked led into a discussion where I could really show my enthusiasm for the course, which I think may have tipped the boat in my favour!

The book has a simple layout, and helpful pointers and tips throughout to help you before, during and after the interview. In summary this book will help with any interview, is packed with vital information, and is written by a master interviewer. It is an interviewee life-saver, Thank you Dr Rob Yeung!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Newton on 27 Oct. 2012
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As someone with considerable experience of interviews from both sides of the table, I didn't expect to learn much from this book yet found it surprisingly useful. So I'm sure it will be even more useful to anyone with little experience of interviews. I especially recommend it to anyone who has never had a competency-based interview because this type of interview is now fairly standard for permanent jobs in large companies and increasingly common for other jobs, even for short-term contracts, and it's well covered here.

The main part of the book covers different types of questions. For each question, there is a general approach to answering it, along with example answers. I read a chapter or two a day and soon noticed recurring themes. After a while, I found that I started to think of my achievements and qualities in terms of good answers to interview questions. Scary, but useful if you've got an interview scheduled.

However, the short supplementary chapters at the end can be ignored because the advice in them is variously trite (on passing psychometric tests), misguided (on sending a "thank you" letter to the interviewer), outdated (on networking) or risky (the advice on negotiating a good deal for yourself, which doesn't take account of job market conditions).

Finally, I recommend that you read another book at the same time as this one, in order to ensure you have a good answer to the question "What was the last book you read?"
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