Feathered Quill Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Practical advice in an easy-to-use format, February 20, 2011
Feathered Quill Book Reviews (Goshen, MA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: How to Interview Like A Pro: Forty-Three Rules for Getting Your Next Job (Paperback)

How To Interview Like A Pro: Forty-Three Rules For Getting Your Next Job begins with "Rule 1. Getting a Job is a full-time job" (pg. 1). It may be disappointing to realize that it takes work to find work, but the good news is that this book will make the job easier. How to Interview Like a Pro includes all the information you will need with nothing extra to take up your time. Author Mary Greenwood writes clearly. The rules are numbered, arranged in a logical order, written in bold, and divided into chapters, making the book exceptionally easy to navigate.

Greenwood allows readers to tailor her advice to their own situations. Of course there are many different jobs out there, and readers will have diverse backgrounds. Greenwood has considered the job-seeker just out of school, the person moving from one high-level managerial position to another, and everything in between. She advises on using your credentials to gain a higher salary at a new job. She also gives ideas on how to explain the fact that you have a criminal record. In short, if you are looking for a job, whoever you are, this book is for you.

Readers will not find, however, that they are wading through lots of information that does not apply to their own situation. Greenwood has isolated forty-three rules that are almost universal. Below each rule are lists of sample questions, answers, or scenarios. Readers can easily scan through the list and pick those that are a good match.

We have all encountered "How to" books that repeat good advice we have heard already. This is not one of those books. How to Interview Like a Pro will have some new information for anyone, whether you are just out of school and interviewing for a first job or have changed jobs several times. Greenwood does not leave out the conventional wisdom; she offers new insight into the old rules.

One section that will be particularly useful is a list of twenty-six common interview questions. Greenwood follows each with some suggested answers. The list of questions allows job-seekers to think about the best response and to rehearse it in advance. Readers have the opportunity to develop their own style and presentation around the framework of Greenwood's suggested answers, which will allow them to be more focused and more confident later at the interview.

Realistically there are some jobs that you will not get, even if you interview like a pro. Greenwood explains the hiring process from the inside, pointing out that sometimes, for legal reasons, companies interview candidates they have no intention of hiring. Sometimes they do not hire anyone. Though it is helpful to remember that there are many reasons why a company does not hire candidates, rejection is still hard to take. How to Interview Like a Pro can help with this, too. Greenwood offers encouragement and a positive spin on the jobs you don't get. She suggests practical ways to gain from each interview experience and to apply that new knowledge to the next interview.

These forty-three rules are not a one-size-fits-all program for getting hired. Instead they are a framework to help readers identify their own strengths and think about how best to present them. Reading the book is an interactive process. Greenwood provides choices, and gives readers the opportunity to put the pieces together, following the forty-three rules, so that they may obtain a job that will fit with their skills, experience, and interests.

Quill says: How to Interview Like a Pro provides practical advice in an easy-to-use format. If you are looking for a job, this book is for you!


 Review from Reader Views
5.0 out of 5 stars The "down and dirty" for the best interview possible, December 30, 2010

Reader Views "Reviews, by readers, for readers" (Austin, Texas) - See all my reviews
This review is from: How to Interview Like A Pro: Forty-Three Rules for Getting Your Next Job (Paperback)

Reviewed by Vicki Landes for Reader Views (12/10)

Award-winning author Mary Greenwood puts her skills and experience on paper yet again in her latest `like a pro' installment, "How to Interview Like a Pro: Forty-Three Rules for Getting Your Next Job." Within the pages, she gives practical and realistic recommendations on how to act, what to say (and even not say), when to follow up, what to wear, and much, much more. Greenwood's book makes for a quick and easy read with the implementation of her advice just as simple.

"How to Interview Like a Pro" is relevant and widely applicable, especially in today's struggling economy. Jobseekers need the right tools in order to stand out from other applicants and Greenwood offers exactly that. Each of the forty-three rules can be used by the young and old, the new and experienced, and even the entry-level to executive hopefuls. Ultimately, the book seeks to prepare the reader for what they could potentially encounter, such as questions, interviewing arrangements (i.e., one-on-one or panel type scenarios), and even the out of the ordinary situations. Further, readers are armed with a list of questions and subjects that employers cannot, by law, bring up in the interview process. These questions include information on race, religion, health and genetic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and even marital status. Greenwood concludes her book with helpful contact information for each state's employment agencies.

"How to Interview Like a Pro" is organized in short, helpful rules which makes learning each of them quick and painless. Greenwood writes with authority and experience while giving plenty of encouragement and support. She also includes some fun anecdotes of her own interviews and what she's learned from them.

"How to Interview Like a Pro: Forty-Three Rules for Getting Your Next Job" is THE `down and dirty' for learning how to interview in the most professional and prepared way possible. Author Mary Greenwood already has two, multiple-award-winning books under her belt and this latest release is sure to garner the same type of attention and honors. Today's tough economy calls for applicants who know how to make themselves stand out in a sea of nameless, faceless resumes and Greenwood's book gives those elusive `hows' and `whys' to make for a more successful employment search. A must read for any job seeker!


Second Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all job seekers, December 20, 2010
Sara Toner - See all my reviews
This review is from: How to Interview Like A Pro: Forty-Three Rules for Getting Your Next Job (Paperback)

If you are looking for a job, or know someone who is looking for a job, How to Interview Like a Pro, is a must-read. Greenwood covers all areas of interviewing from how to prep for the interview and to do your best in the interview to the appropriate follow-up and what to ask once you been offered the job--and all the questions in between. Greenwood's background as a lawyer and direct of Human Resources gives her credibility and an expertise that is key when advising you on your journey of finding a job. This book will be an award winner like Greenwood's other books, How to Negotiate Like a Pro and How to Mediate Like a Pro. If you are having issues getting the interviews and job offers you want, you could learn from her book.