Everyone knows about the “For Dummies” books. Popular around the globe, these books are designed to simplify complex topics so that everyone can understand them. “Job Interviews for Dummies” by Joyce Lain Kennedy follows in that tradition. It is an easy to read book that provides tips for succeeding at job interviews.
- Preparation advice and strategies.
- Reduce job interview anxiety.
- Supply winning answers to difficult questions.
- Work your qualifications in effective ways.
- Salary negotiation tips.
As usual, Job Interviews For Dummies presents content in a straight forward manner in terms that are both simple and entertaining. The writing is light hearted and keeps you interested with an order to the topics that makes sense.
One aspect of Job Interviews for Dummies that makes it unique is the information on surviving personality tests, as well as information on evaluating the job offer and how to decide when to walk away. Job Interviews for Dummies is, like all of the “For Dummies” series, informative and rich in tips and advice.
Though it may not be fair to the author or the purpose of the book, the fact that the job interview book is ONLY about job interviews is still a mark against it. Many other books provide similar information while still providing tips for job searching, resumes, etc. That makes this book less valuable, even if it ultimately wasn’t designed for that purpose.
In addition, “Job Interviews for Dummies” does not really provide any new or groundbreaking information. It is simply a culmination of general (though useful) tips about interviews. It is nothing more, nothing less. In many ways that is all you need, but if you have read an in depth interview book before, the information may be less useful. It is also not written for graduates. It is written more as a general reference.
“Job Interviews for Dummies” is a good interview reference, especially for beginners and those that feel they need a lot of help in order to be successful in interviews. It is more of a basic reference than an encyclopedia of job interview information, but that is okay, because its primary purpose is to help make interviews easier for those that struggle, and it succeeds in that regard.