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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but also frustrating, 28 Aug. 2013
This review is from: The Art of Succeeding at Interviews (Audio CD)
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This is a well presented, well read, and well written audiobook, covering every sort of interview from job and university selection to TV, radio and press interviews. The advice given is concise and good, the style is positive and confidence-building. It's also a British CD with a very British approach which makes it far easier to listen to than most American self-improvement resources. The reader (who is also the author) is excellent, with a presentational style (and accent) straight off Radio 4 - warm and engaging - but also authoritative. For those that know the channel, think Charlotte Green, think Harriot Cass.

So why only three stars (instead of probably four)? Because it is all let down by the actual presentation of the CD itself. Incredibly - especially for a non-fiction self-improvement CD - there is no track listing. If you want to hear the chapter on radio interviews (for example) or remind yourself of the very useful interview checklist that the author provides you have to randomly flick through the disc to try to find it.

This task is made even worse by the fact that the track divisions that there are on the disc are completely random and do not match the start and endings of any of the actual sections and chapters that the book is clearly divided into. So that radio interview advice (for example) does not actually begin at the start of a track, but instead starts halfway through. You have to guess, fast forward a bit, guess again, go back. It pretty much ruins a genuinely useful tool as no-one is ever going to need (or even want) to listen to the entire thing from start to finish, as most of it may well be irrelevant.

In short this is not just a lesson in how to prepare for an interview; but also a lesson in how not to publish a CD.
Review by John Birch
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