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Why are Manhole Covers Round?: The Renowned Interview Success Guide to Help You Past the Famous Microsoft Interview Question (or Any Other Job Interview You're Facing) Paperback – 2 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Ecademy Press (2 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905823800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905823802
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 927,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An in-depth, humorous and above all practical guide to searching for and getting your dream job --Carla Cringle, People Manager, Red Bull UK

Through his wealth of knowledge, Charlie passes on these expert tools and tricks of the trade to get the most out of where you are now and where you want to go --Will Jefferson, Professional Cricketer

This book successfully breaks down the job seeking process into well thought out chapters and manageable tips. There really is no excuse for a candidate to be under-prepared since every single aspect of the process is covered, including useful exercises to define your career purpose and a section on typical interview questions --Denys Shortt, Chairman, CEO DCS Europe & Enable Software

From the Author

The purpose of this book is to take the fear out of being interviewed and to give you the tools to be able to approach interviews with confidence and a strong sense of purpose.

It has been an enjoyable challenge to bring together all of the tips and advice that I have gathered over ten years of working in the careers industry. The book has been structured in a way that covers everything from securing an interview to the point of signing your contract of employment. Each chapter is made up of `bite-sized' pieces some of which may appear flippant at times but I can assure you that each one has an important message. I have deliberately made an effort to write the tips from an employer's point of view and I have not been afraid to unmask some of the strategies that clients adopt when conducting interviews.

We are all guilty of overlooking the fundamentals, especially when we become more proficient in something, and therefore I have aimed to create a guide that you can refer to as your career develops in the future.

If I were only able to give you one `top tip' then it would be this: remember that an interview is merely
a two-way conversation and not an interrogation.
It is an opportunity for you to tell your story, to sell
your strengths and to communicate enthusiastically your ambitions to someone who wants to listen. In the busy world that we live in today, we are rarely granted this luxury. If you keep this one thought in mind you will be one step closer to the success that you deserve.

And finally, why are manhole covers round? If you ever interview with Microsoft you may need a sensible answer!

Use this book wisely and I wish you every success for the future.

My very best wishes

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Although I agree with the points in the first part of the book,, the real strength of this book lies in the second half which deals with how to prepare for interviews. Researching the company before the interview is a subject quite rightly Charlie focuses on and from experience it is something MBA students don't research enough. Your background research gives you the opportunity to prove how interested you are in the company. Everyone knows that someone motivated and interested in the company and work will go the extra mile and most probably be more successful than someone who lacks sufficient knowledge or proven interest in the field and industry.
Although not suggesting you ask them all, the author lists some good questions to ask an employer. Including `What is the strategy of the company moving forward?', `Is this a new position or is the current person moving on?' ,`Are there any new services and business areas you are looking into?'
Included in the book is the useful tip of preparing 3 examples for each competency that you may be asked this is to ensure you don't come across as a broken record. Also another top tip is to nail down what your worth is in the market as quite rightly the book states `If you don't know your own worth you can't expect your interviewer to do that for you'. This involves speaking to people in the field doing the same kind of job you want to do and asking them what kind of salary range you might expect - chances are their salary will be hidden somewhere within the range given! And it is more polite than asking them outright what salary they earn outright!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book... stress free interview process with some needed humor! 25 Jun. 2010
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Charlie's book is wonderful. Lots of step by step information on how to get yourself prepared for an interview. Very easy to read, small pin-pointed paragraphs of specific information on key topics within each chapter that leads you through the process. Each chapter contains a quote/saying to open your mind to new possibilities and he concludes each chapter with a summary. I particularly like how he starts the book out with "knowing what you want." Highly recommend reading and using this book!!! Keith Schmidt - Iowa, USA
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