Our value to companies is to find the best talent for them, and what our candidates read is essential. In this short post, I give some of the books that have shown positive results in the interview process. This post is for people who want to better prepare for that vital phase of finding a better job, in which interviewing is critical. The maxim of “know thyself” joins these books as you get to know more about how you are and how you positively or negatively influence others. This discovery process will give you a better understanding of your soft skills or Emotional Quotient. In this age of technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, soft skills will become more critical than ever.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. You will learn how to influence people with skills that generate long-term value to the people you most interact with and yourself. I have seen this book de-escalate tough, negative work relationships and move on to deliver value to the team, their families, and ultimately the company.
How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People, by Les Giblin. Les gives an excellent instruction manual on preparing for interviews and how to become a better executive. By honing your skills in delivering better value in relationships, your confidence grows and your ability to deal with people better.
How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling, by Frank Bettger, Frank worked with Dale Carnegie in the sales arena. In finding a job, you need to become better at selling yourself. After landing the job, the results I have seen are delivering better ideas, change, strategy shifts in teams and companies.
Personality Plus: How to Understand Others by Understanding Yourself, by Florence Littauer, most people did not study psychology, so this book gives you a good framework on understanding people. By understanding your personality, you will see how you deal with the other three personalities. In an interview, it is essential to understand the nature of whom you’re interviewing to improve your chances of getting the job.
The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J. Schwartz, will help your career if you understand where you want to go, having a vision, and then the actions to get you there. Finding a job is stressful, takes time, so clarity of why you’re doing this drives you to get results.
I look forward to your comments on how these books have helped your career. These books will help your process of interviewing and be a better executive, wife, husband, dad, and leader by influencing positively the lives of people you touch.