“Get That Job!” by Christine Reidhead

This is one of those self-help books that everyone should check out, no matter how prepared you are for whatever it is you are trying to do. Even if you have a pretty good idea how to go about it, there is always some detail you might miss, some new twist you’re not aware of, and this book will keep you straight.

You might think this is easy advice to give, and it is. Everybody knows you dress properly for the interview. Almost everybody knows you should research the company and find out what you can about the job you are applying for. But what if you miss that one little detail that loses you the job?

You can’t afford not to read this book, no matter how confident you are in your abilities. It is concise, clear, and thorough. It covers before, during and after (did you think about what to do after?) a telephone, in-person or video interview.

At times the advice is a bit glib. “Be ready and relaxed.” Easy for you to say, lady. “Give a clear explanation and vivid descriptions.” I’m sure everyone thinks their explanations are clear, and if you aren’t giving vivid descriptions, you probably don’t know how, especially on the spur of the moment.

The part of the book I thought would be most useful was “Chapter 3: 12 Most Common Questions and How to Answer Them.” Now, there’s something you can prepare for ahead of time, and if Ms. Reidhead has done her homework, you won’t be wasting your time.

More problematic is “Chapter 4: 10 Common Interview Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.” It’s good to know about these, but following the advice may be difficult. If you are prone to overconfidence, it’s really hard not to be yourself in an ad-lib pressure situation. But at least you can be aware of the problem and make an attempt. On the other hand, “Flirting with the Recruiter,” and “Trash-Talking Former Employers” are flaws some people really need to be warned about.

In general, I found this an invaluable aid for the average job seeker in planning for an interview. It is not an in-depth instruction on how to solve personality traits like shyness or overconfidence that need more personal assistance to solve.

If I were looking for a job, I’d buy this book.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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