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Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed (edition 2005)

by H. Anthony Medley

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Title:Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed
Authors:H. Anthony Medley
Info:Warner Business Books (2005), Paperback, 444 pages
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I determined that my first post-college job should be away from the West Coast in Chicago and scrambled to get a leg up on the natives. A then-friend recommended a 'consultant,' someone who decided she could rip-off anxious job-seekers by being a style advisor. She got my check so it worked, but her advice belonged in the era of Mad Men. Some of the highlights:

'Wear a skirt. It doesn't matter what you wear after you get the job but wear a skirt for the interview. I know, I know, these days it's common for women to wear pants but you're more likely to get hired with a skirt.'

'Let me see you with your hair down. Definitely do the interview with your hair down. It softens the face. You can do what you like after you get the job but leave the hair down for the interview.'

'Go back outside and walk in...ok, let me show you how to enter the room. Hold your bag firmly and swing your other arm. You want to look dynamic for the interview.'

The whole 90 minutes of time I bought went like this. I can appreciate her focus - getthejobgetthejobgetthejob which was as advertised - and the importance of body language. What I didn't appreciate was how completely she bowed to the stupid idea that appearance is everything (although it is important, unfairly if maybe unconsciously weighted). How about ways to overcome stereotypes? How about not presenting a false first image? I think she didn't quite realize the difference between engineers and other professionals. Ever hear that one joke about the engineer and the bicycle? Two engineers were walking when one asked, "Where did you get that bike?" "Yesterday a beautiful woman rode up to me on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes, and said 'Take what you want.'" "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit." My interviews were with engineers who commented more on my GPA than anything else and hardly looked at me other than the initial eye contact.

She recommended I read this book before the scheduled appointment. I should've taken the book suggestion and said 'thanks, no need for a session with you!' It's mainly 'common' sense. Some parts, like the thank you notes, are not always true and have been contradicted by most interviewers I've known (workmates, not someone interviewing me). At the current rate of unemployment, it's good to have more knowledge and sometimes a little thing can give you just the edge necessary to beat out 200 other hopefuls. Reading this book may shoot some points into your mind that will stick and be useful in that crucial interview window when your mind feels blank and all you can think about are the past-due bills, groceries, kids, etc. Just take it, and any other advice you receive, with a shaker of salt. ( )
  EhEh | Apr 3, 2013 |
Originally written in 1977, but updated frequently until 2005, Anthony Medley's quite thick and thorough book promises sound advice and attention to detail. What separates Medley from the rest of the crowd, as he immediately explains in his preface, is that he has had extensive experience actually interviewing and screening (for research and position hiring) and he actually backs up most of his opinions with scholarly research. For example, you might have been told that you should write a thank you note after an interview. Medley first comments that such a letter can be an added burden or irritant to an already over-burdened interviewer, but also includes a study which concluded that even among professional recruiters a follow-up letter will not help you if they have not otherwise decided that you will be offered the job. Indeed, the book's topics range from important (yet often understated) details like this to broader questions of keeping the interviewers attention and how to demonstrate enthusiasm. I would highly recommended this book at once because it is informative and engaging, and because it entices one to realize exactly how complicated the art of being interviewed is and one's potential to do it well.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446693839, Paperback)

A newly updated edition of the comprehen-sive guide to job interviews that has over a half million copies in print, SWEATY PALMS teaches readers everything they need to know in order to land the job of their dreams.
Whether a first-time job seeker searching for that elusive entry-level position or a seasoned employee fac-ing tougher and tougher competition in a difficult economy, SWEATY PALMS takes readers through each step of the interviewing process, from preparation to dress to negotiating an offer. Including hundreds of interview questions and sample answers, SWEATY PALMS prepares job seekers for even the wiliest inter-viewer. H. Anthony Medley, who has interviewed countless job seekers over the years, offers readers an honest view from ¿the other side of the desk.¿ He draws on a wide variety of sources, from celebrities dis-cussing how they got their jobs, to employers revealing what they look for in an ideal candidate.This new edi-tion of SWEATY PALMS, which has been a vital tool in the job-interview market for decades, reflects cut-ting-edge changes to interviewing, including the pros and cons of e-mail resumes, thank-you notes, proper dress in the corporate-casual age, and the unique chal-lenges of landing a job in the 21st century.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:01:43 -0400)

Describes types of interviewing styles and situations and offers the interviewee tips on dress, deportment, attitude, and asking and answering questions.

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