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Job Interviews: Gaining the Edge with Small Talk Skills
By Debra Fine

Candidates are selected for employment for the same 2 reasons no matter what the opportunity. One reason: a problem needs to be solved; a job needs to be filled. The other reason, equally important, is the candidate is the source of good feelings. Two candidates with comparable academic credentials and professional ability will be compared based on the comfort level developed with the interviewer(s). If the decision maker feels ill at ease or uncomfortable during the interview or lunch meeting, walking down the hall or waiting for others to make their way to join the interview, he or she will not choose that candidate. Instead, the candidate that creates those “good feelings” is selected. Conversation and rapport building skills found in Debra Fine’s book The Fine Art of Small Talk are useful in providing that intangible “good feeling” that decision makers are looking for. Candidates can help decision makers feel good during the interview process with the following tips from Debra’s book:

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Covers everything from icebreakers to exit lines. Building business, getting dates, making friends or landing jobs this book is guaranteed to improve conversational skills, mingling ability, and networking techniques.


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Debra's January 2008 follow up book to her bestseller. The Fine Art of the Big Talk: How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations, and Solve Conflicts at Work.


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The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills – And Leave a Positive Impression! (Unabridged) Nationally recognized communication expert, keynote speaker and trainer, and best-selling author Debra Fine reveals the techniques and strategies anyone can use to make small talk - in any situation. Do you spend an abnormal amount of time hiding out in the bathroom or hanging out at the buffet table at social gatherings?


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