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The Five-Minute Interview: A Job Hunter’s Guide to a Successful Interview, Third Edition

PMI IT COP BOOK REVIEW 

the-five-minute-interviewBook Title: The Five-Minute Interview: A Job Hunter’s Guide to a Successful Interview, Third Edition
Authors: Richard H. Beatty
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
List Price: US$29.95
Format: Paperback, Kindle; 266 pages
Publication Date: 23-09-2002
ISBN: 047125083X

Reviewer: Heather Fawn Lowry
Review Date: 15 August 2013 

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Review

I wasn’t sure what to think when I picked up this book as I’ve been disillusioned by a lot of self-help books that I’ve read in the past, but since I know friends that are interviewing,  both with experience in the field they are interested in continuing and without, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to pick up the book. I was also hoping that I might be able to pick up some pointers to perform more effective interviews on prospective job candidates as well. Surprisingly, this book did not disappoint.

The early chapters are mainly for people who have little to no experience with interviewing or who have been in one position for a while and are a bit out of practice. These chapters discuss the types of interviews and interview job candidates may find themselves in when applying for a new position and provided a brief overview on what to expect.

I found The Personal Inventory Chapter valuable because I am one of those people that work hard and can write so that my resume reflects what I have demonstrated I can do. Unfortunately, I tend to be shy when it comes to trying to describe myself, I get nervous and try to overthink questions.  Ms. Beatty runs through the basic information you will need at your fingertips as you go into the interview to allow for instant recall of information you will likely be asked or should have within your resume. He also talks about ways an individual can demonstrate that he or she can add value to a prospective employer’s organization through a positive attitude and highlighting accomplishments in previous positions by having you pre-define your values, strengths, weaknesses, significant accomplishments, and why you think you deserve the position. By running through his questions as I reviewed the book, I was able to think about these questions prior to the actual interview and it helped me to relax and organize my thoughts.

Mr. Beatty also included a chapter outlines some common questions that you should be prepared to answer going into an interview as well as basic interview strategies – for both the interviewer and the interviewee to include previous work experience, education, management effectiveness, personal effectiveness, and questions about the company and position for which you are applying. 

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About the Reviewer 

flag-usaheather-lowryHeather Lowry, PMP

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