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Book Review: When Can You Start? by Paul Freiberger

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When Can You Start? How to Ace the Interview and Win the Job by Paul Freiberger is an excellent primer on how to do well in a job interview. The presentation covers research about the company, panel interviews, phone interviews, trick questions, situational dilemmas, the employment law, thank you letters and salary negotiations.

Freiberger believes that researching the company is pivotal, especially for panel interviews where you can impress the panel with your knowledge of the company or industry. Telephone interviews can be fun because you can interview with materials and checklists in front of you.

The author’s discussion on salary negotiation is important because it’s not always good to provide too many details on salary. In addition, it may not be wise to price yourself out of the job or to enter a new company at the top of the salary scale for a particular job. The important aspect about whether or not to take a job involves the potential for career advancement and job growth beyond the current position. The most critical question a job candidate needs to answer is where does a job lead down the road?

According to Freiberger, candidates should present themselves well so that they appear to be smart, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, engaged, hardworking, responsible, reliable, competent and personable. The author also indicates that interviewing is a two-way street. By the end of the interview, panel members or the sole interviewer may invite questions about the company. This is your chance to glean by way of intelligent questions just what the employer wants for success on the job.

When Can You Start? is an excellent resource for job candidates in a variety of interview situations. The presentation covers just about every major obstacle or opportunity that could come up unexpectedly.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.