What I Wish Every Job Candidate Knew

15 Minutes to a Better Interview
Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Learn from my 20 years of interviewing and hiring people just like you, across multiple Fortune 500 companies.

Don't take my word for it - hear the real stories of how people landed their dream job with this information.

You're qualified for the job - it should be yours. Let me show you what goes through the head of the interviewer so you can use it to your advantage. An advantage others won't have.

I've captured a highly condensed set of recommendations in this book that will put you in the very small set of interviewees that will stand above other candidates.

Whether you are seeking an entry level or an experienced management position, these recommendations will give you the edge. I see "bad" behaviors across all levels of interviews, without candidates even being aware of what they are doing that prevents them from being hired.

You don't need to memorize 101 interview questions and answers.

You need actual experiences from the other side of the table to guide you.

Listen to hiring managers. Is the book you're reading now written by the person who decides to hire you, or by someone else involved in the process such as a recruiter or human resources role? If so, their guidance may get you an interview, but won't give you insight into what goes through the manager's head.

©2013 Russell Tuckerton (P)2016 Russell Tuckerton

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Surprisingly good.

I’m an employer who is up to his 11th book on hiring skills. Decided to listen to this advice to candidates. From someone that sits on the hiring side of the table, I can tell you that this book gives very solid advice. Canned answers are known to people that hire - we spot them and it reduces your credibility. Bad or inexperienced hiring managers hire if they “like you” and those they hire often fail quickly as a bad job match. Good hiring managers look for (1) skills and (2) cultural fit (character).
One thing. Do the cover letter. It helps personalize your resume - shows you’re interested in the company and why. Lack of a brief direct cover letter stating passion for the role and a few matching past skills might make the difference between you and another. Only takes a minute - check grammar and spelling if the work entails writing ability. Good luck.

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The Why and the How of Interviewing

I'm definitely going to listen to this book again. It is packed with information and insights to the point that I listened to one chapter twice and still felt that there was more that I could learn from those same words.

Tuckerton doesn't feed you the answers to pass the interview. He teaches you how to craft your own answers that address the real questions and highlight the right skills. He's teaching critical thinking and directing you on what to think about.

I'm looking for a new job right now, and I'm likely going to sit down with the Kindle version of this book and outline some answers to common questions. The narration is great. Abernathy is a pro and sounds authoritative in his delivery.

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Basic Advice

If you had only one day to prepare for an interview (or don't want to bother reviewing 200 interview questions to pick the ones that are probably relevant to the job you're applying for), this covers the essential advice you need. However, some of it seems obvious like not asking about vacation, flex time, and benefits during an interview... wait until you get an offer for the job.

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Regretting my purchase

I’m a mid-level sales professional who was looking for a short audio book to help prepare me for an upcoming interview. I found this title to be a lot of common sense tips like dress appropriately and don’t sit on your hands. The narrator had such a demeaning tone that if I did walk into an interview with him, I’d walk right back out. I couldn’t bring myself to even finish the book.

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Nothing new or original

I found everything here to be common sense with the book adding no value to my existing knowledge

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For entry level candidates

This is something that is well suited for new entrants to the job world. This is not suited well for more experienced, manager level applicants. Most of the examples are for entry level job interviews, and although they are good responses, are not applicable to me.

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Nails it!

Based on previous interviews throughout my career, the Q&A was nearly, if not a perfect, mirror image of the predicted questions and the recommended responses. The interviews I have had that never went further, literally every one I can now recall where I had provided one or more of the listed bad/wrong answers in this book.
This is creepy in terms of how spot-on Mr. T is throughout given his very clearly-distinguished position of a Hiring Manager versus those that are not the final decision makers.

I will also now be spending time immediacy to ref

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Great way to get an ideal on interviews

Very straight to the point, and good advice on preparing for the whole interview process.

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quick prep to interview

The portion addressing the top seven interview questions was most helpful. I highly recommend it for anyone preparing for a professional job interview.

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Loved it

The author gets right down to the task at hand and does not tell too many "builder" stories. Very good direct book.

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  • 08-07-18

Insightful, Concise and Direct

This audio book has provided me an insightful, direct and concise information on what is expected from an interviewer (hiring manager's perspective).

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  • Mahesh
  • 10-09-18

Best book

It is well written and well narrated, The points discussed is worth in gold . I had less time and was casual to buy the book, but I think it is one of the best books on interviewing..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-20

For the new employee or the inexperienced

This is an excellent book for the new employee or the inexperienced, but not appropriate for experienced and managerial job candidates.

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  • ShapelessOne
  • 02-26-20

Better Suited To Paper/eBook

Got a little decent information from it, but nothing I haven't heard before online for free. Didn't find it worth $10, as felt it was mostly giving examples of answers to questions where the answers simply weren't relevant to me.
Also I believe the books purpose was to be read and then reviewed before an interview. I can't review this book by skimming over the main points using Audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-19

Professional advice from a professional

A concise and frank insight into the world of interviewing. Exactly what I needed to hear at the right time.

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  • michael64
  • 03-14-19

interview process

well structured & consise. definitely feel more confident going into my next interview. enjoyed the narrator.