~ THE INTERVIEW EXPERT ~
How to get the job you want
The definitive guide to everything you need to know about interviews from the UK’s leading career transition expert, John Lees
December 2011 - Want to know how to differentiate yourself in a tough jobs market, how to shorten your odds and give yourself the interview edge without months of one-to-one coaching and practice? In The Interview Expert – how to get the job you want by John Lees (Pearson, December 2011, £9.99), the UK’s most well-respected careers expert provides a complete guide to interviews by covering everything you need to know about the whole interview process in one easy-to-read handbook.
John Lees has been at the forefront of careers advice for over 25 years and trained recruiters, interviewers, HR professionals and interviewees. He knows exactly what makes a great interview and gives his vast insider knowledge on how to prepare, plan, perform and impress, what not to say and how to make an even better impression at your second interview using innovative techniques, strategies and tips.
Lees says to get the job you want you need to understand the basics of good interview techniques and put them into practice. Despite an abundance of information available in various books, articles and websites, candidates keep making the same mistakes, either not preparing at all, or doing the wrong kind of preparation and the wrong kind of thinking. In his latest careers title he offers a critical analysis of the world of work and how it operates and provides guidance on how to cover those tricky personal, oddball and probing questions, how to find the right words under pressure and when making presentations.
The Interview Expert looks at the reasons you haven’t put advice into practice before, accepting the fact that you are not going to become the perfect interviewee overnight, yet in the short time it takes to read the book, you can make a big difference to the way you see yourself in the interview process, and the positive results you achieve. It takes routine interview advice and myths apart by giving you an insider perspective on what interviewers really want and challenges you to look at the small but significant changes you need to make to improve your impact at interview, and how to look behind the advert, job description and company information to understand what the organisation is really looking for.
To get the job you want you also need to be prepared for every type of question so that you can give answers that are intelligent, relevant and authentic to you – you don’t need to be the one candidate in a million and you don’t need to fake it. You just need to gain an edge and be considered a front runner for the post from the moment you walk into the interview room. You need to put storytelling techniques to work so that your key messages are instantly more memorable than the more mundane responses offered by most candidates.
By combining all these techniques, you will not only be top of the pile when the interview is over, but leave behind the impression of someone who is not only perfect for the job, but also bright, well-informed and able to offer something different from the standard interviewee.
Chapters in The Interview Expert include; What makes a great interview performance?; Why do interviews go wrong?; How do I handle interviews with recruitment consultants?; Handling interview nerves; Getting into the right frame of mind; How much preparation is enough?; How do I prepare myself?; Pitching your message; It’s not a standard interview how do I play it?; I get interviews, but no job offers...I am confused by interview feedback and My interview is tomorrow!
The wise and realistic advice in The Interview Expert ensures you have all the tools you need. Unlike other career information widely available it will take the reader through a process rather than just offering information to create deeper self-awareness, new ways of thinking, and a touch of inspiration. Armed with the insights in this book you can walk into your next interview confident that you are the obvious choice for the job.
Stockists Info: The Interview Expert – how to get the job you want, by John Lees, Pearson, December 2011, £9.99, ISBN 978-0-273-76255-3 - paperback
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Notes to Editors
About the author: John Lees is the bestselling author of How to Get a Job You’ll Love and one of the UK’s best known career strategists who is regularly featured in the national media including a recent slot on ITV’s Tonight programme on How to Get a Job.
Formerly Chief Executive of the Institute of Employment Consultants and a regular keynote speaker on careers issues in the UK and also internationally. His expertise as a careers specialist has been sought by a wide range of organisations including Marks and Spencer, Orange, Reuters and HSBC.