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Lavie Margolin is a Career Coach and author of "Lion Cub Job Search: Practical Job Search Assistance for Practical Job Seekers". His role as a job search advisor is to act as a coach, educator and helping hand to you. He will work with you closely in reviewing all aspects of the job search process and sharpening the necessary skills. He clearly defines all advice given and cites practical examples for applying methods to increasing job search success. * Job Search Plan Assistance * Resume/Cover Letter Writing * Interview Preparation * Career Advisement * Job Sourcing Strategies * Employer Follow Up Techniques. Additionally, Lavie is available for public speaking and group facilitation.

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Lavie Margolin founded LCJS consulting in 2003. He uses his background in marketing and adult learning, and over a decade of experience in career coaching to help individuals and businesses identify and reach goals. Lavie began his career in 2003 as a job developer for a large health and human services organization where he gained valuable mentorship from career counselors with 30 years of experience. Since then he has gained experience working with faith-based, non-profit, educational, and for-profit organizations. He has also worked as a placement specialist for recent immigrants and career counselor for students in undergraduate programs. He has taught and created curriculum for career development courses, and facilitated group workshops and staff trainings. As a private consultant, Lavie has worked with people of all ages in all career stages and fields as a partner in finding career satisfaction. He has also worked with businesses to create and maintain each company’s intended web image, and to use LinkedIn and social media to draw in business. Lavie holds a B.S. degree in Marketing from Yeshiva University, and is studying towards an MA in adult learning at SUNY Empire State. Lavie has an expert knowledge of LinkedIn. Lavie is regularly quoted in the media, including articles featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Lavie is the author of several best sellers on topics relating to career development including The LinkedIn Butterfly Effect.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensively covers interview questions, with understanding of each's context/subtext, & strategy for response 19 May 2014
By Rabbi R. Karpov, Ph.D., Multi-Certified Branded Resume/Profile Writer, Job & Career Transition Coach - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am very glad that New York Times author Lavie Margolin's latest book, "Winning Answers to 500 Interview Questions," compiling knowledge acquired from speaking with career professionals, job seekers, and hiring managers over the last 10 years, and grounded in the reality of what employers are seeking, is now available.

What this book remarkably contains is a comprehensive compendium of typical real-life questions, and for each, a better understanding of each question's context and subtext:
* Why the interviewer is asking each question;
* The strategy involved in responding; and
* A sample answer that you can tailor for yourself, and practice.

There are reasons Lavie Margolin's effectively conveyed practical guidance on how to proceed has earned publication in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal,; and all over the place elsewhere, particularly on LinkedIn (including "Lavie Margolin's Lion Cub Job Search").

While a good resume can get the candidate in front of the hiring-manager, but that doesn't resolve what to do once they are in front of the hiring-manager. This effectively settles that leg of the journey; and I am going to sleep better tonight, knowing it's in the world.

This major undertaking, which required passion for the job-seeker's well-being, done with a thoughtful precision that expresses real love for the process, is nothing short of a gift: Take it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Answer is: "Lavie!" 19 May 2014
By Phil Landsberg - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Winning Answers to 500 Interview Questions" delivers exactly what it promises. A WIN.

Google the topic "Tough Interview questions" (or words to that extent). Compile a challenge list from as many of them as you'd like. He's already thought of them, and gave a better answer than the one you're holding. Simply and straightforward, Lavie breaks down almost any question you could think of, in ways you can relate to, and helps to give you the confidence you need, and see the knowledge you already have, to tackle anything thrown you way during the interview.

If you have concerns about your interview skills, and DON'T pick up don't pick up a copy, you may find yourself asking a question no one can answer: "Why not?"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great tool to prepare for an interview 25 Jun. 2014
By My Take - Published on
Format: Paperback
I had been unemployed for almost a year when I picked up Winning Answers to 500 Interview Questions. I had been on a lot of interviews of many different types: structured, unstructured, panel, one-on-one, test based, interview based, phone, with recruiters, with managers, with consultants, etc. After a while the interviews begin the blend together. While I started off really preparing for each one, eventually I was just relying on my skills answering questions to get through the processes.

One day a friend handed me this book. I immediately recognized many of the questions that were in the book as ones that I had gotten on interviews. I also saw a bunch that I was glad that I hadn't been asked.

The book gives a concise way of approaching questions: categorizing them based on intent and answering them in such a way that really moves the interview in the direction that I want it to be going.

One major way that the book helped me was that I would review questions on my way to an interview. Not that I expected to be asked the specific questions I was reviewing, but it would get me into the mindset of answering a certain type of question a certain way.

For early morning or late afternoon interviews especially, it became a necessary tool to get me focused and ready to rock an interview. Before I was using the book in this way it was sometimes hard for me to get into the mood to be interviewed especially after I had gone on a lot of interviews (sometimes for the same job) and was pretty sick of the process.
End of the story, I eventually got the right job. Interestingly, the interview that finally did it was the one that asked questions that were the most similar to the types of questions that this book prepared me to answer.

I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A comprehensive and inexpensive resource... 13 Jun. 2014
By My World Line - Published on
Format: Paperback
Lavie Margolin has proven himself to be a committed and knowledgeable authority on the modern job search and its various twists and turns. This newly published resource adds to his already established collection of books written to advise and guide those looking to gain an edge on the competition. As others have commented, "Winning Answers..." is well laid out in a very readable outline form without unnecessary text and commentary. Remember: this is a guide rather than a dense treatise on interview psychology; thus, it functions well as a quick study for anyone preparing for an upcoming interview.

A few comments: First, as the author would surely agree, I implore anyone using this book (or any other interview prep resource) to remember that sample answers are simply those. It is highly suggested that you frame answers incorporating your own personality and style; simply memorizing stock answers will not lead to your desired interview result.

Secondly, my opinion would be to avoid the "people person", "hard working", and "team player" descriptions given in some of the samples. For instance, describing oneself as "hard working" would lead an interview to ask, "Why would I hire someone who isn't?" Some of the others have become cliches and are considered meaningless in the eyes of an interviewer. Again, think about the sample answers and reframe them as you see fit.

Thirdly, and this may simply be a minor complaint, I would like to see a print version available with a lot less paper. While I enjoy reading each question on its own page, using half the paper by fully using each page seems more practical (and environmentally friendly). Forgive me if this has already been addressed.

Finally, I wonder if it would be possible to compartmentalize the questions and index the book. As we know, an interviewer may use many different questions to get at similar information about a candidate. Would it be possible to group questions accordingly and, perhaps, give us another window into the mindset of an interviewer?

Overall, I appreciate Lavie Margolin's passion for helping job seekers and highly recommend this book as a valuable addition to library holdings and home offices everywhere.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Prepare before the interview and then you will not be sorry after it. 12 Jun. 2014
By Alex Freund - Published on
Format: Paperback
Similar to Lavie, I am also a career coach specializing in preparing people for interviews. I tip my hat to Lavie for doing such a thorough job in covering this complex subject and making it so easy for people to understand and use for upcoming interviews. Each individual is different therefore Lavie’s samples may not fit your specific situation. Lavie understands that and he explains in his book to the reader the strategy, why the interviewer is asking the question, what is the intent behind it and gives excellent and easy to understand sample answers. When working with my clients I tell them that the interview question is similar to an iceberg; namely 80% of it is hidden under the water. Once the candidate understand the intent behind the question then providing a good answer is not so difficult. I can’t articulate enough the importance if this book to everyone preparing for an interview. Lavie, your contribution via this book is invaluable.
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