Monday, April 8, 2013

When Can You Start? by Paul Freiberger

When Can You Start?
From the Author: 
In a tough job market, only a select few succeed at the interview process. What sets them apart? Author Paul Freiberger argues: Preparation. 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.

When Can You Start? guides you through every step of job interview preparation and gives you the practical, effective, and proven tools to ace the interview and win the job. 

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.”

With the right preparation, even in the toughest of job markets, you can walk into the interview with a real advantage over the competition. You can convert “We’ll be in touch” to those four words everyone wants to hear: “When can you start?”

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

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner and New York Times best-selling writer Paul Freiberger provides you with all the tips and tricks you need to land your dream job. He teaches you how to ace the interview and what comes after you have cleared that hurdle. The most compelling part of this book is how it is written. Freiberger gives you honest advice and does not hold back what so ever. He empowers the reader by filling them in on all the secrets that the interviewee holds. He encourages the interviewer to do their homework and prepare themselves in a sensible way before they even attempt to be interviewed. 

Most business books recommend you highlight your strengths only, but Freiberger actually encourages you to highlight your weaknesses too. I am not sure that I would ever try this strategy, but according to him, it seems to work. He claims: "With the right preparation, even in the toughest of job markets, you can walk into the interview with a real advantage over the competition."

In this day and age the interview process has taken technology into consideration and more and more companies are interviewing via phone or video communication. There is a balanced mix of traditional and non traditional ways to approach this whole process and Freiberger does a beautiful job of presenting this information in a clear and user friendly way. Freiberger offers suggestions on the rules that apply to some of these non traditional approaches. He provides you with a series of questions and answers that you can practice before the interview and sheds some light on the possible pitfalls that one may face during this process. 

Overall, I would suggest this book to anyone looking for a job, whether it's a first job or career change. There is so much to learn from this guide and it was fun to read. 

Disclosure:  I received a copy of When Can You Start? gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.