There is something about job search and job interview books that seems to encourage authors to use numbers in the title. “301 Smart Answers to Tough Job Interview Questions.” “201 Questions to Ask the Interviewer.” Today we will review another job search book titled “Instant Interviews: 101 Ways to Get the Best Job of Your Life” by Jeffrey G. Allen.
- Resume and cover letter tips.
- Using the Internet to impress employers.
- Networking and improving your qualifications.
- How to succeed at your job interview.
- 101 different ideas to help you land a good job.
This is yet another book that is designed as much to be a motivator as it is to help you get a job. It does have a number of different tips, and some of the idea you find within the book are going to be new to those that have little experience job hunting. Each chapter is broken down into something you should “Do” and an explanation of why you should do it. The organization is useful for some, and it can be fun to read for a job interview book.
The book has been guerilla marketed across the Internet, so it is well known. Yet overall the content is extremely hard to read. Allen throws words around that only serve to confuse the reader, and while there are some interesting tips within the book, the odd way they are presented takes away from their overall point. The book is designed for graduates with little job experience, which is useful, but it is also written as though it is going to be read by graduates, and as any young person will tell you – when you try to write to youth, you only sound silly.
As usual with these types of job books, it is easily possible that you will get something out of it, especially if you have little job interview experience. Yet the writing in “Instant Interviews: 101 Ways to Get the Best Job of Your Life” is off putting, and can make it very difficult to understand the overarching points, especially to younger workers. There is some useful stuff in there, but much of it is lost. If you find one for cheap, maybe it is worth a read, but there are better books out there.