The last 3 or 4 days have been rather crazy around here as I prepped for two job interviews this week. I looked at several interviewing books (as well as doing a lot of research about the specific positions and catching up on developments in the fields) and found Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed to be head and shoulders above the others.
What I liked best about Sweaty Palms was that he doesn’t spend time coming up with “right answers” to questions but instead helps you figure out how to come up with the real right answers for yourself. He tears to pieces some phoniness that one finds encouraged in other books.
It helped me with several questions I’ve previously had trouble answering and helped me create real follow-up questions of my own (vs. follow-up questions which try to make you look smart).
And in general, it made me much more confident about the process. The possibility of rejection has always made me hate interviewing. This time, I was able to see the bigger picture in which not being hired for a job could actually be a good thing. After all, if after an interview they decided that I wasn’t the right fit, then I shouldn’t be there. Of course, if someone was just a better fit than I was, then that’s good for them if not me.
Being employed probably helped as well, so the whole thing doesn’t seem like as much of a crisis.
If you’re unemployed, job-hunting, or even just get nervous talking with people, I’d recommend the book. It’s applicable for more than just job interviews.
(I noted on Amazon review from 2001 said the book needed updatin. It was updated afterwards in 2005, so now it’s pretty up-to-date. However if you’re checking at your local library or buying used, you may want to check publication date. A lot is timeless, but the newer edition has some important and relevant updates on the ’79 version.)