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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (22 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461168473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461168478
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We have all been called for an interview at some point in our lives. We have all come away either elated or disappointed at our performance, and afterwards we have all been dumbfounded when that polite rejection letter drops through the letterbox. What did I do wrong? is that familiar question that haunts us at the dead of night.

Having told us How to Write a Winning CV in his previous book, and thus helped us get our foot in the door, Alan Jones now tells us in Winning at Interview that the first thing we require is a change of attitude. He argues that if we treated job hunting like a game, we would notice that the eventual winner is not necessarily the best person for the job. "Indeed," Jones says, "the best person for the job is often eliminated in the first half ... [T]he winner of the game will always be the player who has played the game the best." Knowing how to play the game is the secret of success."

In 13 short chapters, Jones takes us through the interview process, from preparation to post-interview. Jones illustrates, among other things, how an ill-thought-out reply to a seemingly innocuous question like "How was your journey?" can destroy your chances of getting that much sought-after job. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As an author, career counselor and motivational speaker Alan Jones has helped people from all nationalities, disciplines and sectors to 'raise their game' and sell themselves more effectively at job interviews. His advice is based on the belief that recruiting people, and selling yourself in the jobs market, is an art and not a science. Alan believes that good people get rejected because they haven't mastered the art of selling themselves, and mediocre people get hired because they have mastered that art. He is also the author of 'How To Negotiate Your Salary' and 'Network To Get Work'.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2001
Format: Paperback
Normally I don't believe in books to help me get a job. However, "Winning at Interview" is the antithesis of these naive thoughts. Full of insight into the complex world of recruitment, and the potentially daunting interview process, this book really helped me see the interview world in a completely different manner. Top marks. And thanks.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar 2002
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This book really delivers! It is full of practical advice on which questions to ask as an interviewer and guideline answers for the interviewee which make the whole process of interviewing less fraut. Importantly aswell it tells both parties how to interpret the questions and answers and highlights roads that should not be travelled!!
Never again will I struggle with answers to the dreaded - "tell me about yourself" or "where do you see yourself in 5 years time" or even more daunting "why did you leave your previuous position?"
Fantastic value for an already well thumbed book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom P on 7 Jan 2005
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I've had a copy of this book for a few years now, and I've gone for 4 interviews while I've had it and got 3 of the jobs (the one I didn't get went to someone vastly more experienced).

It's the perfect size - long enough to be useful, not so long that you forget bits. The tips are invaluable and the sample interview questions and answer style suggestions really help build your confidence that you'll be able to handle anything when you get in there.

If you're in the least bit nervous before an interview, get this book. It'll give you all the confidence you need, and you won't find yourself boring them with irrelevant nonsense.

If you want the job, buy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Brown on 24 July 2011
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His pitch is that 90% of interview books are rubbish, because the person who's going to interview you is unlikely to be a professional interviewer, so learning responses to competency based questions is a complete waste of time - which has been my experience so far. He also reframes the interview as a sales meeting - they've got a problem, you're the solution to the problem, which you've got to sell to them, just as you would if you were trying to sell them a photocopier.
It's a new take on the issue, and one I found useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Martin C. Harris on 23 Nov 2007
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This book is an absolute jem! I was made redundant after 23 years with a major PLC and had a few unsuccesful interviews. I then read Alan's book and could immediately spot every error I had made. 4 weeks later I had 2 companies bidding for my services and am now happily employed by one of them! Highly reccommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Jan 2005
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I bought this in anticipation of my first job interview in five years and it is one of the best investments i have ever made, as i got the job! There is so much practical information inside this little book that it gives you a complete advantage over the competition. I even got asked questions during the interview and used a number of the responses i read about in the book. I also bought 'How to Write a Winning CV', the two go perfectly hand in hand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Sausages on 16 July 2007
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I bought this book before an interview and got the job. A little while later I told my boss about the book and how it helped. She read it and immidately got a new job elsewhere. It just seems to put you in the right frame of mind for the interview and gives you the focus to cut through all the unwanted clutter in your brain. Worth every penny and a lot more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Shayle on 17 Sep 2012
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I had to pay nearly £20 for a £6.99 book as out of print but definitley worth it. A book that finally understands what happens at interviews and that we are all really just buyers and sellers. Random House should re publish and update especially given current market conditions.
If you ever thought an interview question feels wrong to answer it probably is! This book arms you with tactics to get yourself back on to your agenda. A game changer!
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