201 Knockout Answers To Tough Interview Questions: The Ultimate Guide To Handling The New Competency-Based Interview Style By Linda Matias
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Increasingly, employers today are using a tough new kind of interview to evaluate candidates and determine how well they think on their feet. To be successful in these new competency-based interviews, job seekers must be prepared with situation-specific examples that highlight the accomplishments, knowledge, and abilities they have that employers need. Featuring a plethora of sample questions and winning answers. This indispensable guide features fill-in-the-blank exercises readers can use to prepare themselves to demonstrate sought-after competencies and wow potential employers. It's a powerful book no job seeker should be without.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #47883 in Books
- Published on: 2009-10-28
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .66" h x 6.06" w x 8.94" l, .74 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 195 pages
"Competency-based interviewing seems to be picking up steam at the nation's larger employers. If you have a crucial interview coming up, here's my recommendation: Spend some quality time with Matias' 195-page book -- the best I've seen on the topic." --Joyce Lain Kennedy, Tribune Media syndicated career columnist
"Featuring a plethora of sample questions, this indispensable guide features fill-in-the-blank exercises." --CareerBuilder.com
From the Back Cover
These days more and more employers are using "competency-based" job interview questions to try to ensure that new hires' experience and abilities match the demands of the positions they're filling. Designed to elicit real-life career events demonstrating your knowledge, judgment, and skills, this new breed of interview question can trip up even the savviest job seekers. And in this extremely tough job market, there are no second chances.
201 Knockout Answers to Tough Interview Questions gives you the lowdown on this new competency-based interviewing style, including a huge range of sample questions complete with winning answers you can use to prep for any make-or-break job interview. This book will arm you with confidence-inspiring answers that highlight your accomplishments in each of the five core competencies every employer wants in an employee: Individual Responsibility, Manager/Leadership Skills, Personal Motivation, Analytical Skills, and People Skills. You'll find the best way to tailor your own response to tough questions like:
● Describe an occasion when you managed a situation that was your supervisor's responsibility.
● Tell me about a time when you had competing deadlines and had to choose one to miss.
● Describe a time when a customer had an issue with the way you managed his or her account. What did you do about it?
● Tell me about a time you spearheaded an initiative and met resistance from the overwhelming majority of staff.
You'll also discover seven ways to stand out during your interview, what to do when you lack experience, and how to avoid the common mistakes that keep candidates from being hired.
Complete with fill-in-the-blank exercises that will help prepare you to demonstrate the skills that will impress any employer, 201 Knockout Answers to Tough Interview Questions gives you the hidden edge you need to come out on top and get the job offer you know you deserve.
Linda Matias, JCTC, CIC, NCRW, runs CareerStrides, a career consulting firm, where she coaches clients on effective interview techniques. A former president of the National Resume Writers Association, her syndicated column appears on sites including CareerKnowHow.com, JobSeekerAdvice.com, and others. She also writes a column and produces a podcast for the YouTube Channel CareerStrides and is the author of How to Say It® Job Interviews. She lives in Long Island, New York.
About the Author
LINDA MATIAS, JCTC, CIC, NCRW (Long Island, NY) runs CareerStrides, a career consulting firm. She coaches clients on effective interview techniques. A former president of the National Resume Writers Association, her syndicated column appears on sites including CareerKnowHow.com, JobSeekerAdvice.com, and others. She also writes a column and produces a podcast for the YouTube channel CareerStrides and is the author of How to Say It® Job Interviews.
Most helpful customer reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
You can tell when an author is an expert
By C. Driskell
201 Knockout Answers is one of those books that every parent should buy for their child who is trying to enter the workforce. It's a book that seasoned veterans, especially in this economy, should tuck into their briefcase and study. And finally, it's an excellent book for employers to use in reverse, which is what I do. I'm using it for our interviewing process, and I also plan to provide a copy for any employees who might leave us.
No matter what type of job a person might be seeking, the questions, obstacles, actions, and results Matias lists are something that every worker will face at some point in their life. She is obviously an expert in the field. The book doesn't read like something a good writer simply researched. Rather, the ample nuggets provided seem fueled by years of expertise in the field of interviewing and human resources.
Finally, the workbook blanks and examples are helpful to anyone who wants to polish themselves before any interview.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
If you are concerned about answering interview questions - excellent
By A Customer
This book is precisely what the title says and more. It has great questions to help prepare and examples as well. Going through the questions section and being able to answer aloud would be helpful presentation for most applicants. The book takes competency categories one by one and gives solid answers to build from. Also has some really nice resume examples to work from.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
No easy Answers
By Rene S. Hoepelman Jr.
No easy answers in this book, basically it gives you a format to follow but its really up to you to do the research on yourself. I didnt read the whole book word for word just skimmed through pages took about 15 mins. Its not the most interesting book in the world to read. But that does not mean it wont help you get through an interview, because it will.
What you'll find is that, there is no "ONE" knock out answer to securing a job. Its a bunch of neatly compacted smaller tasks and answers that add up to a better interview expierence, starting from how you format and word your resume to improving voice techniques. Being interviewed is tough, this book will help you organize your thoughts so your more prepared. In truth, I dont feel this book is anything more than what you already expect on an interview.
here is a sample question: Question 179. Describe a position in which you used technology in answering
customer inquiries. What was the process?
Its really up to you to answer this question but the book does provide a general generic answer and some explanations but the book is alot more than just answering questions. Gives tips on preperation for the interview as well. I would guess that if you were to read this and follow through would take a few weeks to ready yourself according to what the book expects. I dont care for the book, I found it boring but I hate to knock it for trying to help.
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