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Outline ReviewMost guidebooks to interviewing job candidates get so bogged down in psychobabble about "personality types" and "character profiles" that they have you terrified that you're going to pick an ax murderer accidentally by the time you hire someone. This short-'n'-sweet 72-page guide cuts out the jargon, and shows you how to manage the position-filling process in three key stages: preparing for interviews (writing the job description and ad, deciding how to recruit, assessing rsums, selecting interviewees and arranging interviews, preparing questions, and honing your listening skills), conducting interviews (evaluating an applicant, guiding the interview, reading body language, and opening and closing the right way), and analyzing interviews (recording impressions, making a shortlist and conducting call-back interviews, matching an applicant to a job, and making a final offer). Throughout, boxed tips; sample job descriptions, rsums and formal offers; handy checklists; and easy-to-follow and adaptable flow charts clarify the interviewing process, and bring it to life. Granted, if you're looking for very specific or in-depth guidance, you might find this book too cursory and general in its approach. But, if you're looking for a thumbnail guide to the basics, it'll do just fine.
It's worth mentioning that the book is part of the "Essential Managers" series by reference publisher Dorling-Kindersley--a series comprising 20 itty-bitty books on business and career topics that range from communication, leadership, and decision-making to the management of time, budgets, change, meetings, people, projects, and teams. Combining the talent of the "For Dummies" book series for breaking down a lot of information into bite-sized bits and sidebars with Dorling-Kindersley's signature design style of crisp, classy graphics on a gleaming white backdrop, the books don't represent the cutting edge of business thinking or reflect necessarily any unique individual perspective. Instead, it's as if someone had collated the best general thinking on these 20 topics, and rolled them out into 72 brightly designed and easy-to-read pages--studded along the way with boxed tips, color shots of a multiracial cast of "coworkers" animatedly hashing through the workplace issues of the day, and, on the last few pages of each volume, a self-test of one's skills in the topic at hand. Again, they're not for anyone who's looking for more in-depth or focused help on any of the covered subjects, but they're perfect as a quick general-interest reference; and, let's face it, they're so damn cute, and look so smart in a neat little stack or row, that probably you'll want to buy a whole bunch to give as gifts to your entire staff or department. --Timothy Murphy
Learn all you need to know about interviewing for recruitment, from preparing suitable questions and structuring an interview to analyzing information and reaching a decision. Interviewing Skills shows how to choose a new person to fill a post or interview colleagues for a promotion, and it also provides practical techniques to use when interviewing. Power tips help you handle real-life situations and develop first-class interviewing skills that will dramatically improve results.
The Essential Manager have sold more than 1.9 million copies worldwide! Experienced and novice managers alike can benefit from these compact guides that slip easily into a briefcase or a portfolio. The topics are relevant to every work environment, from large corporations to small businesses. Concise treatments of dozens of business techniques, skills, methods, and problems are presented with hundreds of photos, charts, and diagrams. It is the most exciting and accessible approach to business and self-improvement available.
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