Job interviews are not conversations. They’re oral exams that must be passed with all the right answers, particularly in today’s economy. And the questions don’t always feel like hardballs; sometimes, they’re gently lobbed at you but can pack just as much of a punch as a fastball aimed straight for your head. If you’re reading this, you’re already halfway to preparing for your next job interview – but you know you could do more.

In Boost Your Interview IQ, 2nd Edition (May 2012, McGraw Hill), Carole Martin gives readers insight into how to answer the tough questions like “Why has it taken you so long to find a job?”, as well as the old standards like “How would your coworkers describe your personality?” and “Tell me about a time when you had to handle a stressful situation.”

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The book has five key sections that will help you ace your next interview:

  • The Interview IQ Test gives you the tough questions, like “What are your weaknesses?” and asks you to answer the questions in multiple choice format. Ms. Martin then explains what the best answer is with specific descriptions and suggestions.
  • The Surefire Way to Boost Your Score is where you learn the job interview techniques that reveal your skills, attitudes and experience.
  • Management and Executives teaches mid-level and c-level executives how to answer questions to reflect those years of experience.
  • Career Changes and Reentry helps those looking for a transition – particularly useful given today’s job market and economic climate, where many are looking for something new after losing their jobs.
  • Students and New Graduates have the biggest challenges, considering that they don’t have a lot of experience. And in May, there are a lot of them looking for jobs. This section helps them highlight their skills and attributes that can help them land a job.

There are over 100 questions in this book, and they’re not explained in a dull, dry format. The multiple choice format covers most of the ways people will answer interview questions – as well as offers up ideas for tougher questions and explains why the answer is “Strong,” “Mediocre” or “Weak.” If you’re serious about acing your next job interview, snag a copy of Boost Your Interview IQ today.

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