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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan page; 1 edition (15 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749436387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749436384
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.6 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,904,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fifth edition since 1986, the new version of this perennial tells you everything you could possibly need to know about getting or changing jobs. Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions is actually much more than its title suggests. It tells you, among other useful things, how to find jobs to apply for, how to write a CV, how to dress and what to bone up on in advance as well as showing you how to answer the questions which the interviewer throws at you.

Perhaps the potential employer will phone you once she or he has received your CV. "Put a smile on your face. It improves the timbre of your voice," advises Martin Yate who also suggests you avoid yes/no answers on the phone because they say nothing about your ability. In a face-to-face interview, he tells you, listen to the question. Don't answer one which hasn't been asked. You shouldn't provide superfluous information either and never attempt to do an interview without first doing your homework. You need to know everything you can find out about the company and the job you're being interviewed for. And remember that as well as showing that you can do the job you have to convince the employer that you will fit in, make a contribution and be manageable.

What do you say if asked "When do you expect a promotion?" or "What is your greatest strength?" Or even "What was the last book you read?" Yate provides sensible suggestions. It's all practical, down-to-earth advice and it's not surprising that Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions has sold more than 4 million copies during its 15 year life. If you're preparing for an interview and you're serious, studying this book would be a useful part of the preparation. --Susan Elkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"If all prospective interviewees get hold of a copy of this book its going to make the competition that much tougher.' Education and Training 'Some excellent tips on how to answer potential clangers' Cosmopolitan 'The best book on job-hunting generally' Financial Times

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Murrie on 4 Jun. 2001
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This book is indispensible to job hunters in any profession. Once you have read and understood (and understanding is vital) exactly what interviewers are looking for, answering any question they throw at you is easy.
The key concepts in the book are centered around preparation and persistance. I whole-heartedly agree. Particularly, you can never do too much preparation.
I've used this book before every job hunt and everytime I've got multiple interviews and job offers. In fact, I'm often disappointed that the real-life interviewer's questions weren't nearly as tough as those in the book! You end up having to lead the interviewer to tougher questions in order to get your points across.
Criticisms? Well, yes, the dressing style guide is a little out of date The general prinicples are fine, just take the specifics with a pinch of salt. Also, the author's advice is sometimes a little pushy, perhaps because the book was originally an American publication. In the UK, a little more diplomacy might be appropriate. As always, one should always apply one's own judgement and style in such matters.
In conclusion, a fantastic book - I wouldn't be where I am without it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 April 2001
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At last a book with detailed answers to those tough HR question...Why should I offer you this job?..what is your greatest weakness.No one ever gets prepared for such questions but now we know a lot more on handling such questions.You can be the best technically but if you have not bought this book I doubt how you'd pass a HR test. A book to set you free and get that job.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2003
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This book was recommended to me by my brother after he successfully used the techniques advocated by it to gain his current position. It definitely made me feel more confident and far better prepared for all the interviews I attended, especially the dreaded "assessment centers" which are so commonly utilised by employers these days. It is hard to sum up the qualities of this publication but the statistics speak for themselves:
Interviews = 4, Offers = 4
And I really struggled before I got the book!
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I would definitely recommend this book to any potential interviewee! I have used it may times over the years as my career has progressed and it has definitely helped calm my nerves and clear my mind before an interview. As with most things worth while, you get out what you put in . If you are expecting ready made off the shelf answers that you can learn and repeat by rote then you will be sorely disappointed. The reason why this book works is, it tells you what is behind the question and suggests how you should prepare an answer to it but you have use your own experience. This makes it real, for you and for the interviewer.
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This is a great book to give you some structure to your job hunting. Having been out of work for three months this book has given me a boost to get motivated again. I had done a certain amount of what's suggested anyway but the way of following things up and not giving up helps when your confidence is flagging. The only thing the book does not take into account is the different situation faced by job hunters in a recession. However if you scale down to more realistic targets all the guidance is still very useful and encouraging. I am even considering setting up a Job Club in my local area! This book is well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stret on 7 Sept. 2012
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Doesn't actually give you the answers to "tough interview questions", it just waffles on and on. Very disappointed, not at all what I was expecting.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 2001
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This is a start to finish guide on getting the job you want as effectively as possible. There is no magic formula and no slight of hand. The book offers practical advice that is relevant to almost any corporate job application. The interview is, quite rightly, only one small part of the process and Yate does well to explain how it fits in.
In particular, this was a great book for me as I was going for a permanent job for the first time in many years of being self-employed, and the new change of direction could have proved a stumbling block but for the great advice in the book.
I recommend reading all of it and not just focusing in on the 'great answers' - more often than not these are always going to be personal anyway. Otherwise you would end up talking corporate-babble.
Good luck.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By g.akhtar on 11 July 2003
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This books gives excellent insight into what interviewers ask, what they are trying to find out & what kinds of answers they should be given. I've found this very useful on several occasions and it's very easy use because you don't need to read it from start to finish. Using this book is like cheating!
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