Mary loves to tell the story about the time I, along with another person, interviewed her for her first Library Clerk position. It was somewhere around the year 1998 or 1999. We all hit it off really well and pretty much cracked up through the entire interview. The library had an old list of interview questions that I think had been asked since the beginning of time. One of the questions was “Do you like to file?” Without missing a beat, Mary said something like, “Does anyone really like to file?” Of course, she followed it up with something about how she would do whatever the job required and do it well, but I thought that was a perfect, honest answer. (Yes, Mary, people do like to file. I, for one, love to file.)
So. This book. It’s not entirely awful, but as usual it is very outdated. It does not prompt interview-givers to ask anything about technology skills (though typing words-per-minute seems crucial). It is just not very indicative of modern interviewing or hiring practices. It does have some reasonable advice and good worksheets (which surprisingly enough were not written on in this copy!).
I also take issue with the second image (below) where applicants (plural) is written as applicant’s (possessive). No, no, no!!