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301 Best Questions To Ask On Your Interview, Second Edition By John Kador

301 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview, Second Edition

301 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview, Second Edition
By John Kador

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Revised and updated for today's job market, the bestselling handbook for the ahead-of-the-curve job seeker

"Is there anything you'd like to ask us?" This question can paralyze even the most seasoned job applicants. But with 301 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview at your side, you'll be ready with a response that demonstrates your confidence and ability to see the whole picture and think on your feet.

This second edition of the bestselling job seeker's resource delivers proven, up-to-the-minute tools for job hunters who want to shine in this most crucial part of the interview process. Written with the participation of hundreds of recruiters, job coaches, hiring managers, and Fortune 500 HR specialists, this book is the best available source for the questions that can advance your candidacy and convince interviewers that you're the best person for the job. Other features, including examples of the most powerful questions you can ask—and the questions NEVER to ask—make 301 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview your go-to guide for get-noticed, get-hired tips and techniques and expert guidance to put you in the driver's seat at your next interview.

John Kador is the author of several books, including The Manager's Book of Questions and How to Ace the Brain Teaser Interview. A professional business writer and consultant, he has produced numerous speeches, annual reports, scripts, case histories, white papers, and news releases for Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Adecco, IBM, Sears, and other corporate clients. He lives in Winfield, Pennsylvania.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #194821 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-03-17
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.00" h x .53" w x 6.00" l, .65 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 224 pages
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From the Back Cover

Ask the right questions and land the job of your dreams!

To really shine in your job interview and to get that dream job, the questions you ask must be at least as memorable as the answers you give. Today it's the questions you ask that set you apart from the dozens­­even hundreds­­of qualified candidates competing for your job. Make your questions demonstrate that you are a superstar, a world-class candidate who will add significant value to the job from Day One. 201 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview arms you with the questions and techniques you need to nail this most crucial part of the interview process.

Packed with 201 proven questions, including examples of some of the smartest and dumbest interview questions from hundreds of recruiters, job coaches, hiring managers, and Fortune 500 human resources professionals, this hands-on guide gives you the edge you need.

Improve your odds. March into your next interview fortified with questions such as:

  • What exactly does this company value the most and how do you think my work for you will further these values?
  • What kinds of processes are in place to help me work collaboratively?
  • What's the most important thing I can do to help within the first 90 days of my employment?
  • In what areas could your team use a little polishing?
  • When top performers leave the company, why do they leave and where do they usually go?
  • What do you see in me? What are my strongest assets and possible weaknesses?
  • I am very interested in this job, and I know your endorsement is key to my receiving an offer. May I have your endorsement?

Ask and you shall receive. In today's hyper-competitive job market, asking smart questions sets you apart from the competition. Turn to 201 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview for get-noticed, get-hired tips and techniques that will help you ace your next interview.

About the Author
About the Author
John Kador
is the author of several McGraw-Hill titles, including Pricing With Confidence, How to Ace the Brainteaser Interview, 201 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview, and The Manager's Book of Questions. He divides his time between writing books and a range of corporate writing services, including speeches, annual reports, scripts, case histories, white papers, and news releases. His corporate clients include Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Adecco, IBM and Sears.

Customer Reviews

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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful.
5This book makes sense
By A Customer
I recently had the opportunity to interview for a senior position in a company that that seems to be exceptionally good for me. While I actually knew one of the senior executives I was interviewing with, he had confirmed to me that it was extremely important for me to have a strong positive impact on one of the other two interviewers.

On my flight to the interview, I reviewed this book and found a number of questions that I wanted to keep on hand for the "right time" - and I jotted them down - along with others that were more specific to the position, product, and industry, then organized them according to categories - product, company, job, etc.

During the interview, I asked a number of them, and almost each time I asked a question, the hiring executive paused, and then said something like "that's an excellent question" and then went into a thoughtful and valuable response. His answers to these questions gave me a tremendous insight into the company that I might not have gotten without asking the questions.

At the same time, my questions demonstrated my level of interest in the position, the company, and his opinions. They showed that I was prepared, thoughtful, and intelligent.

While I might have been able to come up with them on my own, John Kador's book helped me identify the key questions to ask, and even helped with the phrasing of the questions to have the greatest possible impact.

I asked questions like:

What are the three top priorities for the person in this position in the next 90 days?

and What are the key characteristics you're looking for in the person who you select for this position?

I am certain that the interviewer thought more of me for asking thoughtful questions - even though I think he liked me before I asked them.

This is a quick and easy book to read, and an easy book to use. The ideas that it includes - in addition to the questions it offers - are not "rocket science", but they are offered and described in ways that can be easily adapted to the situation you're in. The "tips" on interviewing are also quite useful in general.

This book has already proven helpful and valuable and I will refer to it before any job interview I have in the future. While there are many books on interviewing and job hunting, this one is a quick study, easy to read, and most importantly, very useful. I highly recommend it to anyone interviewing for any level position.

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful.
5A must have that'll give you an edge
In the world of job-seekers there are job-interviewers. Most of job-interviewers are bad because:
1) They were summoned at the last minute to interview you and didn't even read your resume
2) They have no interviewing skills and have no ideas about (a) what they are looking for and (b) how to ask questions
3) They just don't care of being good at what they do since the odds are in their favors and that there are no negative ramifications if they're not as good as they can be.

This make a lot of job-interviewers throw questions at you. Just because they don't know what to ask or simply because it is intellectually more difficult to come up with a good probing questions.

I have some of these guys ask if you have a question and then ask again and again and again.

They are putting the burden on you to talk, but at the same they just surrender the control of the interview to you. This is your opportunity to shine, and this excellent book will help you do just that.

The more time you spend reading and memorizing questions, the better your interviewing skills will be. The structure of the book is excellent and the way questions are structure makes it easy to use the book as a reference even when you're taking an interview on the phone!

This gave me an edge, and I've impressed more than one interviewers with my questions. If you do your research ahead of time and demonstrate that you have a good the knowledge of the company and its industry, there's no reason for you not to perform well.

A must have in your personal library.

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
5A Seasoned Recruiter
By A Customer
I read the book from cover to cover, in one sitting and found it profoundly comprehensive and entertaining. I didn't want to put it down. As I read, I kept saying, "Yes, uh-huh, that's true, that's really good." As a recruiter, I know my candidates would be more successful if they took greater responsibility for a successful interview through asking appropriate questions. The question is an invaluable tool to communicate something to me that hasn't been covered during the interview; when done well, it's one more chance to help me see the fit of the candidate to the position.
John Kador's interviewing insights and list of questions enable the job seeker to think more strategically, promote their strengths, and communicate more professionally during the different stages of the interview process.

I'd definitely recommend this book to even the most experienced interviewers! (and even a few recruiters!)

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