Boost Your Interview IQ

Originally posted at Monster.com

TOP 10 CAREER BOOK ON JOB INTERVIEWING IN 2004 – BOOST YOUR INTERVIEW IQ BOOK ON LIST WITH LOU DOBBS, STEPHEN COVEY AND HARVEY MACKAY

San Francisco, CA (January 27, 2005) Carole Martin, The Interview Coach, and Monster.com’s interview expert, announced that her book Boost Your Interview IQ was voted by Impact Publications as one of the top 10 ten career books for 2004. Impact Publications has published over 100 books on employment issues and has over 3,000 career products in both catalogs and online bookstores.

Boost Your Interview IQ is on the same top 10 career list with successful best selling authors Lou Dobbs, Stephen Covey, and Harvey Mackay

According to a book review posted by a job seeker on Monster.com

My resume was getting me a foot in the door, but I was not interviewing well so I bought Boost Your Interview IQ. The book arrived the day after I found out that I had a chance to interview at the top company in the area. The end result was that after two rounds of interviews – I GOT THE JOB! The HR director told me that while they were amazed by how many qualified candidates they had, I stood out because it was clear how much homework I had done. I credit the book with giving me an excellent framework to focus my time and energy where it would really pay off.

Boost Your Interview IQ is able to deliver results like this to many job seekers because it includes a step-by-step guide and a skill-building workbook to prepare for and succeed at any job interview. The book:

Features an Interview IQ Test, interview skill-building exercises, and other interview aptitude boosting tools.

Shows job seekers how to craft job-winning answers to the 50 key questions interviewers ask.

Teaches candidates how to shape their experiences into stories that showcase their skills, knowledge, and personalities.

Offers proven techniques for acing the behavioral interview–the popular new wave interviewing strategy.

I just landed a job with my dream company and wanted to pass along a recommendation for a great way to prepare for your interviews. My job search was pretty slow – between the bad economy and the fact that I moved to a relatively small city and was trying to change industries. My resume was getting me a foot in the door, but I just hadn’t been able to sell my career change, etc. in the interview process. Recently, I heard Carole Martin (Monster Interview Coach) interviewed on a radio show – I liked her approach and the specific advice she gave to callers, so I bought her new book “Boost Your Interview IQ”. The book arrived the day after I found out that I had a chance to interview at the top company in the area. I had 3 days to prepare and spent all of my time following every bit of advice in the book – regarding how to craft responses to common interview questions and build story examples of work experience. It is the most focused approach I have ever seen. I did a lot of research about the company and industry and was able to use the approach in the book to build my answers to best showcase my skills and experience and knowledge around what they were looking for. The end result was that after two rounds of interviews – I GOT THE JOB! I started this past week and the HR director told me that while they were amazed by how many really qualified candidates they had – I stood out from the rest because it was clear how much “homework” I had done to really understand their business. While I worked hard to prepare, I credit the book with giving me an excellent framework to focus my time and energy where it would really pay off. I recommend this book to anyone that is in the interview process!

The Workbook:

Interview Fitness Training – A Workout With Carole Martin,
The Interview Coach, by Carole Martin
http://www.interviewcoach.com/
Genre: Nonfiction/Business

The dreaded job interview — having to attend one can be quite draining. Most people experience one at least once in their working life. It is part of the hiring cycle.

What a lot of job seekers lack is the skill set required to sell themselves. An interview is a two-way street. It is an exchange of information and ideas with the aim of impressing each other.

This can be a daunting task from both sides of the table. Both parties need to be aware of what is required from the process, to achieve success. It is not easy to do this but the aim of an interview is to obtain a successful outcome.

All people seeking employment can learn how to improve their interview skills. Techniques are available that will help to improve their prospects of getting jobs. Carole Martin’s book is an excellent source to guide people in the right direction.

Full of valuable information, the book will add immense value to a person’s armory in the quest for a job. It is a book I strongly recommend to every job seeker.

Warren Thurston, Reviewer
eBook Reviews Weekly
http://www.ebook-reviews.net
Author of children’s book, “Gladiss and the Alien”
http://www.sunnypub.com/gladissinfo.shtml

From IT Professional,

I had an interview with ADP just recently because HR found my resume online and gave me a chance to be interviewed. I am so happy that I was able to apply everything I have learned from the seminar I had with you a month ago. The IT manager was so impressed that aside from being astounded by my English (not to mention I am Filipina and just been here for 5 years), but with how I answered his questions. I felt equally comfortable talking to him. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the job because I was overqualified but I am glad that I did get through that interview leaving a great impression to ADP. At least, after so many years, I have experienced how it is being interviewed again. I am looking forward to my interviews in the future.
More powers and have a nice holiday!
Sincerely, Layra

From UC Berkelely student:

Hi Carole, Thank you very much for taking the time to interview me and provide feedback. I learned a lot from your suggestions, especially the story format model. Jeanine

The Workbook – From Lynn in Chicago:

Reading your book has really helped me out so much with interviews, and my confidence in going into them. Before I read this book I was a not good at interviewing. I didn’t know what to say, but thanks to your book I do now! I want to say Thank you so much ….

From A Real Pro:

I spent nine months surfing 92 Web sites to find a caring professional to advise job seekers on how to prepare for and ace the interview. I picked Carole Martin. She’s the ONLY interview coach who stands behind her service with a Money-Back Guarantee. And she’s been hand-picked by Monster.com as their Job Interview expert — you can’t do that unless you’re someone special. I trust her to help all the clients, family and friends I send to her. Carole is simply the best interview and career coach on the Internet. Period.
— Kevin Donlin, Owner and Managing Editor, Guaranteed Resumes (www.gresumes.com)

Phone Coaching – LJ – North Carolina:

I just wanted to let you know that I passed the interview! It was tough but your behavioral interview preparation techniques helped a great deal. I’m convinced that preparation makes the difference, THANK YOU!

In-Person Video Coaching Session:

Dear Carole, I want to tell you how much I appreciate you helping me with my interview style. Watching myself interviewing revealed how I’m seen and the impression I leave others. Thanks to you, I learned about what engages the interviewer and how I need to keep the focus on myself. Thank you also for the insight of how to structure my stories to highlight my skills. I can’t thank you enough for your valuable time and advice. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.Betty – California