Interviewing Resource – How to Interview Like a Top MBA

Don’t let the title fool you.

How to Interview Like a Top MBA: Job-Winning Strategies From Headhunters, Fortune 100 Recruiters, and Career Counselors is a book that anyone can use to help improve their interviewing skills. I have referred a large number of the students that I work with to this book, and most have said that it was helpful.

One of the reasons that I think that this book is a great resource is because it addresses many of the issues that students commonly have when it comes to interviewing. The book is broken down into different sections so that one doesn’t have to read the book in order. The advice comes from a collection of recruiters, headhunters, and career counselors.

What it covers

This book covers many of the issues that most interviewing resources do such as top interviewing mistakes, how to do your homework when researching employers, how to make a good first impression, and more. There are sections that cover concrete examples of how to address issues like low gpa, gaps in employment, and how to tie transferable skills to your job search. Also, there are exercises to help one in cataloging their strengths.

My favorite part of the book is the last section where the 100 toughest interview questions are outlined.  The strength of this section is the fact that it shows the interviewee how to address a tough interview question by illustrating four keys:

What they are looking for: Why is the employer asking this question? What are they looking for?

Sample Answer: Provides an example of a suitable answer.

Analysis of Answer: Not only analyzes answer, but also provides the “why” for how this was a positive answer.

What to Avoid: Teaches the reader how to avoid answers that can potentially hurt them.

How to find it

I have seen this book in many libraries, including many Career Center libraries.

It’s also a cheap investment. As of this writing, you can find it on Amazon for roughly $10, or used for less than $5.

ISBN-13: ( 978-0-07-141827-0 )

ISBN-10: ( 0-07-141827-X )

Have you read or used any books that might be just as good? Please let me know, by commenting on this piece.


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