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October 5, 2013

A primer on how to prepare for an interview

Each month I receive dozens of job search/career related emails and a few recently published books on the same subjects. Let me introduce you to Jean Baur's new book, "The Essential Job Interview Handbook," published by Career Press.

Baur is a career coach and author who has 19 years of experience in the outplacement industry. She works with Lee Lecht Harrison, a talent-solutions company.

Baur's new book takes a practical approach to the critical interview, from preparing for the interview, acing the interview, and the very important follow up and follow through. The easy-to-read book is divided into five sections: preparation, types of questions, types of interviews, managing expectations, and putting it all together. It is filled with case studies, work sheets, sample questions and answers, and useful templates to help you be successful.

"One of the biggest challenges in the interview process is preparing for the unknown," says Baur. "Even with fairly detailed job descriptions or a briefing from a recruiter, it's nearly impossible to really know the company's needs and wants or what will happen during an interview."

The handbook should be essential in your job search. Thomas P. Chester, senior HR manager, Office of Human Resources, Princeton University, says, "It is a practical primer for job seekers, recruiters and managers. As students and graduates ask me about the next step in their careers, I will refer them to 'The Essential Job Interview Handbook' as a solid resource to help them reflect on your experience and frame their answers."

So many job seekers breathe a sigh of relief just from getting an interview, but you simply cannot relax and start smelling success. You must prepare for that interview. Job searching is tough work -- maybe the toughest job you'll ever have. Get the help you need. Buy this book!

Do what others fail to do!

Marvin Walberg is a job-search coach based in Birmingham, Ala. For contact information, see marvin-walberg.com. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.

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