Why You? by James Reed

Why You?

By James Reed

  • Release Date: 2015-01-01
  • Genre: Careers
Score: 3.5
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Learn the secrets to excelling at interview, direct from top interviewers and recruiters, in Why You? by James Reed, chairman of recruitment specialists REED,

You can't prepare an answer for every interview question. So, of the thousands of questions they might ask, which ones will they ask?

After extensive research among hundreds of interviewers and thousands of interviewees, finally here's the book that will give you the answer.

Why You? is based on direct input from top interviewers in REED's unrivalled recruitment network. It offers powerful preparation techniques, the lowdown on how to answer the most common questions and - above all - how to adopt a winning mindset at interview, one that will help you succeed on the day.

From classic questions like 'tell me about yourself' and 'what are your greatest weaknesses?' to puzzlers like 'sell me this pen' and 'how many traffic lights are there in London?', James Reed reveals what interviewers are really asking.

James Reed is the Chairman of REED, the recruitment specialists. He first joined the company in 1992 after graduating from Harvard Business School; since then REED has more than quadrupled in size and reed.co.uk has become the number one job site in the UK and Europe. REED now receives more than 46 million job applications a year and has delivered over 100 programmes helping more than 140,000 long-term unemployed people back into work. James is co-author of Put Your Mindset to Work, winner of the 'Commuter's Read' prize at the CMI Management Book Awards 2012. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).


  • The intro (sample) is far more interesting than the rest of it.

    By Cristian Moisei
    For £6 I’d say it’s worth skimming through, but don’t get your hopes up.
  • Good advice but unexciting

    By Annm11
    The book is good with sound advice, but it somehow fails to inspire and build confidence in the candidate going for an interview. It sort of comes with a view point that job is there for us to solve the company’s problems. Hmm…I much prefer the approach that we spend a lot of time at work so we should aim to have a job that we enjoy. Some answers to competency questions failed to engage me entirely - I had to read them a few times as each time I managed to switch off my mind one third through. It is a very personal opinion - so by all means no suggestion that it really is like that. The book does show though what interviewers now consider as cliches which is useful.