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Private Notes of a Headhunter: Proven Job Search and Interviewing Techniques for College Students and Recent Grads
The analysis of the job interview from the vantage point of an executive recruiter who was also a college professor and industry sales manager seems to be unique to job interviewing books. The benefits to the reader revolve around the interplay of all three professions that encompass three decades plus of combined experience. Information from these three worlds is brought together and explained in easy to understand language, along with real-life examples that the target market can relate to. This information helps the job candidate see what goes on inside the interviewer's head, and explains what they can do about it to get the job. It examines things from both sides of the interview table.
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Heinzel, a former manager, executive recruiter, and instructor at the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, provides a detailed, information-packed guide for recent college graduates beginning the job search. He takes the reader step by step through the process, from preparing an information packet, to the "big four" questions asked during an interview, to the proper note-taking and follow-up afterward. Along the way, he fills in the other side by discussing concerns of the interviewer and the business. He finishes by illuminating some of the "intangibles" that can affect a job search, such as chemistry, positivity, and ethics. Also included are many tidbits of information not widely known, such as how to navigate résumé screening software and whether to seek out a recruiter. While Heinzel's insights are not always original—at one point the author writes, "I have come to learn in my own endeavors that people will remember a little of what you say to them, a little more of what you do, but they will remember a lot about how you made them feel," which is strikingly similar to Maya Angelou's famous dictum—his advice is nonetheless sound. Heinzel's instructions to kick start students' job searches, especially for students starting out in the business world, are effective. (BookLife)
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