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Ask the Right Questions, Hire the Best People book summary


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This book is exactly what it says it is: A list of questions designed to make your interviews with prospective job candidates more effective in weeding out the pretenders and uncovering that dream hire. There’s not a lot of strategic content here, but this book is rich in tactical detail. For example, most of author Ron Fry’s theoretical advice amounts to two points: probe for specifics and keep the applicant talking. The repetition of this self-evident advice is the book’s biggest flaw. But in the end, such shortcomings are irrelevant, because the book’s real value is in its list of interview questions, with accompanying comments on what answers you should be looking for. It seems impossible that you could read this book and not stumble over one question that makes you smile and tuck it away to spring later on some unsuspecting interviewee. getAbstract recommends this book to human resource professionals or any manager charged with hiring. If nothing else, it will add an arrow or two to your quiver.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to find out as much as possible about a candidate in a job interview
  • Why you should always ask open-ended questions; and
  • What nonverbal cues can strengthen or weaken a candidate’s standing

About the Author

Ron Fry is the writer or editor of more than 30 books. He wrote the bestseller, 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions. He is also a frequent speaker on job-search and hiring topics.



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