Miller’s focus on preparation drives the material he offers, and readers with limited experience applying for jobs will prize the down-to-earth, sensible advice. Assuming that applicants are applying for positions that somewhat match their credentials and experience, Miller concentrates on breaking down the interview process in an ordered, methodical way: what to expect at every level, different interview structures, and how to best respond to typical interview questions. He also shares key dos and don’ts for candidates, cautioning against the cardinal sin of airing out dirty laundry from past jobs, stressing the need to exhibit positive body language, and imparting how to follow up interview answers with insightful questions for prospective employers in order to foster fruitful back-and-forth communication.
Despite this guide’s main focus on basic interview skills, there are some intriguing nuggets included, most notably Miller’s “STAR technique”—a method of practicing responses to anticipated behavioral interview questions (queries that spotlight candidates’ past handling of work situations) that recommends applicants rehearse past situations, tasks, actions, and results (STAR) before an interview, in an effort to come primed and eager to share. Those on the hunt for the perfect job will find this a good starting point.
Takeaway: A simple but insightful guide to nailing your next job interview.
Great for fans of: Kathleen Gerson and Sarah Damaske’s The Science and Art of Interviewing, Annette Lareau’s Listening to People.
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