Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Essential Phone Interview Handbook

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Book Review - The Essential Phone Interview Handbook

That dream job is just a phone call away.  
In this competitive job market, the first hurdle for job-seekers is the phone interview.  Many employers use this step to screen candidates and to determine who will be invited for in-person interviews.

The Essential Phone Interview Handbook will teach readers how to master all aspects of the phone interview and land their dream job, including:
  • How to prepare, what to say, and when to say it.  
  • How to establish a professional presence over the phone.
  • How to get to the next step.

The Essential Phone Interview Handbook is an invaluable tool for any job-seeker. Whether currently employed and looking for something better or just out of college and looking for that first job, the initial contact with prospective employers usually happens over the telephone. 

There are five key elements to phone interview success, beginning with “Be Yourself at Your Best.” For the remaining four (and more tips on how to have a first-class phone interview), read The Essential Phone Interview Handbook.

The Essential Phone Interview Handbook (EAN 978-1-60163-154-1, pages: 192, price: $13.99) was published by Career Press. The book is available at Barnes & Noble, Borders,, and many other booksellers.

Career Press was founded in 1985 as a niche publisher of career directories that since has grown into one of the best-known independent publishers of its kind.  Career Press, which now boasts an active, strong-selling backlist of nearly 300 titles spanning careers, personal finance, business management, and study skills, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010.

About the Author:

Paul Bailo, MBA, MSW, Ph.D. (candidate)Paul Bailo, MBA, MSW, Ph.D. (candidate) is the founder and CEO of Phone Interview Pro – a service for job seekers who want to perfect their telephone job interviewing skills. Mr. Bailo recognized that while resume, interview preparation, and target company research assistance are commonly offered by outplacement and career counseling organizations, the importance of the telephone interview is often overlooked. In response to this, Phone Interview Pro has created a 250+ point phone evaluation not seen in the career services industry...until now! This is not only a new company, but also a whole new industry; it's exciting for us, of course, but the real excitement generated by Phone Interview Pro will come from those who hone their skills using the service.
My Take on the Book
So many of us these days have to get through a phone interview before we can even be considered for a face-to-face interview. Knowing how to handle the phone interview is key, but it is also an art form.

This book is a perfect guide and resource for anyone going through the job search. It provides down to earth great examples of what one should be doing to both prepare prior and to survive the phone interview itself.

With the job market being as tight as it is, any little bit of help is needed to get that edge over your competition and this book is one that I would highly recommend!

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