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5.0 out of 5 starsA must read if you are looking for a job.
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2013
This was a gift for my wife who is an attorney/mediator and she reviewed (read) the book prior to its release to the public. Jack Dermody is a member of Speakers Resource Organization, SRO, as is my wife.
4.0 out of 5 starsPut the Focus on Your Interviewers
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2014
This is the type of book I buy because it looks like the ideas in it are solid. It's also the type of book that I don't make good use of because I just don't like to the do the exercises. If you're the type of person who likes to dig in and do the work, this will be good for you. If not, give it a listen and glean what you can.
The idea that you should put the focus on your interviewers instead of yourself is intriguing. Dermody has broken the world down into personality types to make it easier for you to understand who you might be talking to in an interview. I don't know if I believe that the world should be simplified like this, but it is an interesting take.
I think the advice to take the personality test and see what type you are is sound. The author suggests that you look at qualities, good and bad, that go along with your personality type and maybe play up the positive during the interview. I have mixed feelings about this because I think you need to be yourself in an interview. They're either gong to like you or not. If you get the job, they'll eventually find out what you're really like. At that point, you may prove to be a bad for the position. They won't be happy and neither will you.
So if you're looking for a job, it's best to prepare yourself for an interview with all kinds of resources. Try this one, and try others. Just keep building your skills.
This book was a joy to read. The goals are clearly framed, and the structure supports the goals. The text strikes just the right balance between giving context and providing tools. It accomplishes something all too rare among business books: it was just long enough and not longer. It really felt like a book, not a drawn-out article or white paper.
Now for the content: I'm very familiar with the subject matter, temperament. Jack Dermody, the author, and I initially crossed paths when I was working for a company that provides personality and temperament inventories (as his does). Jack's Four Windows frame is friendly, shows respect and understanding for the different categories of people, and offers accessible insights. My one critique: the profiles and advice seem to take the extroverted version of each "type" for the "type" as a whole. For example, NFs are said to be "approachable," defined as follows: "... they themselves eagerly welcome people to socialize with them in their space. Approachability literally means they can step into your space and know they are warmly received ..." I'm an INFP and felt myself cringe when I read that! In my experience, introverted NFs still like a bit of a personal buffer.
Overall I recommend this book for job searchers who feel daunted by "reading" people during an interview session or process.