Book Review: Little Silver Book – Interviewing
From time-to-time, as we receive career-related and job-hunting books from publishers, the staff of Quintessential Careers will review them to help you make better decisions about the best books to use in your career and job search.
The Little Silver Book – Interviewing, by D. Neil Berdiev, $15.35. DNB Advisory: September 1, 2014. 256 pages.
Reviewed by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Being both an author and publisher, I always get a bit riled up when an unknown author claims that he has written a book that explains it all — and much better than all the many other career experts before him. Berdiev writes: “Many books, articles, and training programs have been created to educate job-hunters on how to interview… Yet hiring managers continue to be exasperated over the fact that so many applicants fail everything, from the very elementary must-halves to more sophisticated expectations.”
Given that one of the largest sections of content on Quintessential Careers deals with job interviewing, you might expect me predisposed to dislike this book, but you would be wrong. We are always looking for the best tools for job-seekers — the best tools to help propel your careers and job-search further.
That said, my overall view of this book is that there is definitely a niche for Berdiev’s The Little Silver Book – Interviewing.
While there is nothing about the interview advice in Berdiev’s book that is NOT on Quintessential Careers, there are a few of things that I really like about the book that form my positive review.
First, Berdiev’s story — including experiences both in his career and as a hiring manager — which he tells in bits and pieces throughout the book. His story is that he came to the U.S. in his teens from a very small country in Central Asia (Turkmenistan) and mastered job-hunting and interviewing better than most U.S.-born job-seekers. His achievements, reaching great heights in the commercial banking industry, make a great success story.
Second, the organization of the book, which covers more than 100 interviewing and job-hunting topics. Most of the chapters are about two pages long and packed with key tidbits of expert advice. While I read the book in one sitting, I could also see each chapter as a daily devotional — a topic easy to digest and incorporate before moving on to the next chapter.
Third, the advice Berdiev offers is spot-on. It’s rare I find another expert who reinforces everything we say on Quintessential Careers. His advice is sharp, to the point, and practical. He also often ends each chapter with a few key “action points” for the reader.
The Little Silver Book – Interviewing is an excellent addition to your job-search library. Interestingly, about the first third of the book is more about job-hunting strategy (and interview-prep) than about interviewing. Half the book is deals with tips for succeeding in the interview. About 10 chapters are devoted to after the interview, and the book concludes with a few bonus chapters.
The Little Silver Book – Interviewing is the perfect book for a college senior and others new to job interviewing, but it can also serve as a great refresher for a job-seeker who has not been on the job market for a few years.
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