Invaluable, authoritative tipsheet for job candidates.


The Little Silver Book - Interviewing

A seasoned hiring manager shares his advice on the do’s and don’ts of job interviews.

Drawing on nearly two decades of business experience, much of it in banking, Berdiev (Credit Analysis 102, 2012) offers a host of tips to prepare for and behave during a job interview as well as to follow up after it. His book is organized into 105 concise chapters, generally a page and a half each. The first nine chapters focus on what he calls fundamentals, including how to rehearse answers to potential interview questions (and to have someone observe/critique this rehearsal), proof resume and cover letters, and leverage “the power of the notepad”—always bring one to the interview. The next 30 chapters cover important pre-interview issues: don’t use a bizarre email address for communications or make scheduling the interview difficult for the recruiter/hiring manager. Berdiev then spends the bulk of his book on the interview itself, with 51 chapters addressing areas such as body language and asking for the interviewer’s business card (unless it’s not a practice to have one in your industry): “If you do not ask for one or otherwise do not obtain the contact information you need to follow up with a thank-you note, it can deduct a point or two from your candidacy.” He then follows with 10 chapters touching on strategies regarding the follow-up: for instance, avoid “desperado” language, don’t beg, “act subservient,” or come across as standoffish. Berdiev wraps up with a section called “Bonuses,” which offers insights specific to the commercial banking industry as well as general advice on using online networking tools. Berdiev’s guide is easy to read and surprisingly entertaining given its stress-inducing subject. His time as a hiring manager gives this book particular power, and his statement that “hiring managers continue to be exasperated over the fact that so many applicants fail everything, from the very elementary must-haves to more sophisticated expectations” should give readers pause. Indeed, while much of what Berdiev says may seem basic or obvious, job hunters would do well to follow his wealth of advice.

Invaluable, authoritative tipsheet for job candidates.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9774117-3-3

Page Count: 256

Publisher: DNB Advisory

Review Posted Online: May 12, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2015

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    


Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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