Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Guest Review: When Can You Start? by Paul Freiberger

When Can You Start? How to Ace the Interview and Win the Job by Paul Freiberger

Guest review by Kari

copy for review, but all opinions are our own

Author's Website- http://www.paulfreiberger.com/

Official Summary: In a tough job market, only a select few succeed at the interview process. What sets them apart? The interview is the last step in a long and important process. It is a make-or-break moment with the potential to change your life. For this performance, you need to be as ready as you’ve ever been. In this book, Shimmering Resumes President Paul Freiberger guides you through every step of job interview preparation and offers practical, effective, and proven tools to ace the interview and win the job. You will learn how to:

• be ready for The Only Question You Must Be Able to Answer
• (not) tell the interviewer about your weaknesses
• answer any trick question or oddball question
• ask the right questions
• be confident in any interview situation
• avoid interview mistakes
• negotiate the salary you deserve

Discover the best ways to research your chosen industry and companies before you even begin your job search. Master phone, panel, and one-on-one interviews. Turn any type of question to your advantage by speaking to your strengths. Know the best way to present yourself if you’re reentering the workforce, need to explain gaps in your resume, have jumped from job to job, or have stayed in the same job for a long time. And never be tongue-tied again when an interviewer turns to you and says, “So, tell me about yourself.”

Review: When Can You Start? by Paul Freiberger is an excellent source on how to get through an interview with confidence. Interviews are probably the most nerve wracking experiences everyone has to go through in their lives. If you are like me, the thought of an interview scares you. I have been out of college since December 2011 and I’ve had my fair share of interviews, without much success (the economy doesn’t help the situation). After reading this book, I definitely feel more comfortable.

The first thing you learn is how important it is to do your research. This is something I’ve always known, but it gives advice on how to find information on your industry of choice. It also tells you what information you should know and how your resume should reflect on what the industry is looking for in an employee.

One of the best pieces of information Freiberger gives his readers is how informational interviews can help you prepare for an interview in your job of choice. If you contact people in the industry and set up an interview, you can learn about the pros and cons of the position you are seeking. It also gives you the opportunity to expand your network. I really enjoyed learning about this part of preparation.

Freiberger also gives details on how to handle informational, phone, individual, and panel interviews. He explains how to deal with each situation. He also helps you understand the reasoning for each type of interview. Another nice aspect of the book is the examples he gives you. I love the fact that he gives you a list of questions you should be prepared for in your interview and what types of questions should be asked of the employer.

This informational book really does make the reader feel more comfortable about going into an interview. Interviews are always hard and you may not be able to anticipate each question, but if you do what Freiberger tells you to do, you will definitely feel more comfortable walking into that room. I highly suggest this book to those who are graduating college or those who are preparing to switch jobs. It’s an easy book to read and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. He even gives you some history on how the interview came to be what it is today!


....Petty Witter said...

Not a fan of these sort of guides but I know many who find them useful. Great review, I'll pass details of this onto my friend who has an interview later this month.

Medeia Sharif said...

Interviews are not easy. It's good there's a resource book like this around.

Candace said...

I haven't had a job interview in like 5 years, but I remember freaking out! I never had an interview where I DIDN'T get the job though, so I apparently do good. But if I go looking for a job again I may want to read this book before hand.

L-Diggitty said...

I should read this for work - I actually specialize in helping people prepare for interviews, so I have some pretty clear opinions on the subject. But I can always use fresh insights!