The Everything Job Interview Book

November 15th, 2008

The Everything Job Interview Book, Answer the toughest job interview questions with confidence by Bob Adams, Adams Media Corporation, 2001

I got this book from the Columbus Public Library. I thought the book was well done and fairly up-to-date since I read it 7 years after it was written.

I found the part about good questions to ask the employer most helpful. (Don’t read them to the interviewer….) -

  • Could you talk a little bit about what a typical work week would be like for a ______ at ______ Corporation?

  • If I were hired and able to prove my worth, what would be the typical career path of someone in my position?

  • What are some of the strengths you believe the ideal candidate for this position should have?

  • Why did the last person leave this job?

  • How long do people tend to stay in this position?

  • What opportunities for advancement are there in this position?

  • How does your company measure employee performance? How often is this done?

  • In your opinion, what is the best part of this job?

  • In your opinion, what is the worst part of this job?

  • How long have you worked for _______ Corporation?

  • What do you feel is the best aspect of working for this company?

  • If I were hired, how many others would there be in my department?

  • What is the overall size of the company?

  • How would you describe the management philosophy at ____ Corporation?

  • How many others are interviewing for this position?

  • When do you think you will be making a hiring decision?

And the book handles the tough ones. Don’t talk negative about a previous employer no matter what. Never say a previous job was boring.

What to say if you had been fired. Basically, you must be honest and don’t bad mouth your previous employer. Give the impression that whatever the problem was, it won’t happen again due to your performance on the job.

Very good book. Highly recommend it.