The best 28 Interviewing books

Interviewing is a crucial skill in various aspects of life, from job searches to journalism. Our handpicked list of books on this topic offers valuable insights into mastering the art of interviews, helping you hone your communication skills and make meaningful connections.

Delve into our collection to discover expert tips, practical strategies, and real-life examples that will empower you to conduct successful interviews. Ready to enhance your interview skills and stand out from the crowd? Start exploring these titles today!

The best 28 Interviewing books
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Interviewing Books: Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Crucial Conversations

Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
4.1 (524 ratings)
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What's Crucial Conversations about?

We’ve all been in situations where rational discussions get quickly out of hand, and Crucial Conversations investigates the root causes of this problem. You’ll learn techniques to handle such situations and shape them into becoming positive and solutions-oriented, while preventing your high-stakes conversations from turning into shouting matches.

Who should read Crucial Conversations?

  • Anyone whose job requires dealing with other people often
  • Anyone who wants to improve conversations in their personal relationships
  • Anyone who offers professional communications training

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Interviewing Books: Pitch Perfect by Bill McGowan and Alisa Bowman

Pitch Perfect

Bill McGowan and Alisa Bowman
How to Say it Right the First Time, Every Time
4.1 (111 ratings)
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What's Pitch Perfect about?

Pitch Perfect presents advice and principles that can help anyone to communicate more effectively. It teaches you how to present an argument or story with confidence, in a memorable way, and how to make your points with more precision. The author introduces seven principles that will help you to use exactly the right tone in both your professional and private life.

Who should read Pitch Perfect?

  • Anyone who wants to improve their presentation skills
  • Anyone who wants to communicate more effectively in their professional life
  • Anyone who wishes to become a better conversationalist

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Interviewing Books: Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis

Secrets of Dynamic Communication

Ken Davis
Prepare with focus, deliver with clarity, speak with power
4.1 (76 ratings)
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What's Secrets of Dynamic Communication about?

Secrets of Dynamic Communication explains how to prepare and present a speech effectively. Through the author’s own SCORRE-method, we are guided through the six key components of a successful speech: subject, central theme, objective, rationale, resources and evaluation.

Who should read Secrets of Dynamic Communication?

  • Students and teachers
  • Pastors, executives and coaches
  • Anyone who wants to master public speaking

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Interviewing Books: Humble Inquiry by Edgar H. Schein

Humble Inquiry

Edgar H. Schein
The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling
4.1 (78 ratings)
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What's Humble Inquiry about?

Humble Inquiry (2013) sets out the basic principles of the art of asking the right questions in the right way. It examines how your approach to inquiry affects your relationships at the office, your ability to get quality work completed and, ultimately, your success as a leader.

Who should read Humble Inquiry?

  • Anyone who wants to improve how they communicate at work
  • Anyone who wants to be a great leader
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to ask the right questions

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Interviewing Books: Just Listen by Mark Goulston

Just Listen

Mark Goulston
Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone
4.2 (284 ratings)
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What's Just Listen about?

Just Listen (2009) combines time-tested persuasion and listening techniques with new methods to help you get your message across to anybody. By learning how to be a better listener, how the brain works and how people think, you’ll be able to motivate people to do what you want because you’ll better understand their needs.

Who should read Just Listen?

  • Anyone who wants to improve their communication skills
  • Anyone working in therapy or mediation
  • Anyone who wants to be more persuasive

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Interviewing Books: You Only Have to Be Right Once by Randall Lane

You Only Have to Be Right Once

Randall Lane
The Unprecedented Rise of the Instant Tech Billionaires
3.7 (30 ratings)
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What's You Only Have to Be Right Once about?

Based on Forbes magazine interviews with some of Silicon Valley’s most successful tech entrepreneurs, You Only Have to be Right Once outlines how today’s tech wunderkinds achieved their successes.

Who should read You Only Have to Be Right Once?

  • Anyone interested in how the world’s most successful entrepreneurs made their money
  • Budding techies and business people
  • The next Mark Zuckerberg

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Interviewing Books: Talk Lean by Alan H. Palmer

Talk Lean

Alan H. Palmer
Shorter Meetings. Quicker Results. Better Relations.
3.8 (81 ratings)
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What's Talk Lean about?

Talk Lean will teach you how to express your thoughts in a direct, candid, yet courteous manner. The author shares effective, easy-to-apply tips for having a productive conversation that helps achieve your goals.

Who should read Talk Lean?

  • Anyone who has trouble communicating at work
  • Anyone who has to confront difficult people on a daily basis
  • Anyone who hesitates to express their true thoughts and feelings

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Interviewing Books: Four Seconds by Peter Bregman

Four Seconds

Peter Bregman
All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want
4.1 (127 ratings)
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What's Four Seconds about?

Four Seconds (2015) gives precise examples of how to rid yourself of self-defeating habits at work, at home and in your relationships. A four-second pause helps slow down hasty, unhappy reactions and is the first step to reworking the way you communicate with others and receive feedback from them. You really can be prepared for anything if you just take a breath first.

Who should read Four Seconds?

  • People with a sneaky feeling that their communication skills need improvement
  • Anyone with bad habits that need to be broken
  • Stress bunnies looking for a straightforward solution

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Interviewing Books: Works Well With Others by Ross McCammon

Works Well With Others

Ross McCammon
An Outsider’s Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No one Ever Teaches You
3.1 (55 ratings)
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What's Works Well With Others about?

Works Well With Others (2015) is a guide for professionals – both new and old – seeking tips and tricks for handling themselves in the modern workplace. From mastering the interview process to fitting in on your first day, these blinks teach you those crucial social rules that no one ever talks about.

Who should read Works Well With Others?

  • People looking for advice on hiring interviews
  • Professionals preparing to enter the workforce
  • Anyone interested in workplace etiquette

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Interviewing Books: Brief by Joseph McCormack

Brief

Joseph McCormack
Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less
4.4 (147 ratings)
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What's Brief about?

Brief (2014) is a guide to having more impact and influence by saying less. These blinks show the reader the power of brevity in the information age, explain the barriers to being brief and give helpful instructions on how to improve your communication while saving your own time and everybody else’s.

Who should read Brief?

  • Anyone interested in improving their communication skills
  • Those wanting to grab the attention of others
  • Business leaders whose ideas need to stand out

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Interviewing Books: Got Your Attention? by Sam Horn

Got Your Attention?

Sam Horn
How to Create Intrigue and Connect with Anyone
4.1 (78 ratings)
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What's Got Your Attention? about?

Got Your Attention? (2015) is the ultimate guide to grabbing and holding the focus of distracted people in today’s fast-paced world. You’ll learn how to overcome the impatience and chronic distraction of your audience to make yourself a compelling, engaging speaker.

Who should read Got Your Attention??

  • Anyone who wants to get the attention of distracted minds
  • Job seekers looking for advice on how to stand out
  • People who want to create meaningful connections

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Interviewing Books: Getting More by Stuart Diamond

Getting More

Stuart Diamond
How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life
3.8 (105 ratings)
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What's Getting More about?

Getting More (2010) lays out precisely how to negotiate your way toward a fuller, more satisfying life. The strategies and tools described in this book can be used in any situation, from finding a happier outcome when sparring with a partner to convincing your boss that you’re long overdue for a raise.

Who should read Getting More?

  • People looking to improve their negotiating skills
  • Sales managers, sales reps or anyone involved in cutting business deals
  • Anyone who feels they never get what they want when negotiating

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Interviewing Books: The 11 Laws of Likability by Michelle Tillis Lederman

The 11 Laws of Likability

Michelle Tillis Lederman
Relationship Networking … Because People Do Business with People They Like
4.1 (330 ratings)
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What's The 11 Laws of Likability about?

The 11 Laws of Likability (2011) is a guide to networking built on one simple fact: people do business with people they like. These blinks will explain how to discover your most likable characteristics, start conversations and keep them going, and make a lasting positive impression on people.

Who should read The 11 Laws of Likability?

  • Anyone who wants to build a lasting professional relationship
  • Anyone starting a new job
  • Recent graduates looking for a job

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Interviewing Books: Case Interview Secrets by Victor Cheng

Case Interview Secrets

Victor Cheng
A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting
3.7 (76 ratings)
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What's Case Interview Secrets about?

Case Interview Secrets (2013) is a practical guide to nailing your interview at a big consultancy, such as Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey or Bain and Company. These blinks offer a crash course on the questions you’ll be asked and how you should answer them.

Who should read Case Interview Secrets?

  • Anyone aspiring to be a consultant
  • People in all professions hoping to boost their brainpower
  • Any reader interested in what consultants actually do

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Interviewing Books: Radical Collaboration by James W. Tamm and Ronald J. Luyet

Radical Collaboration

James W. Tamm and Ronald J. Luyet
Five Essential Skills to Overcome Defensiveness and Build Successful Relationships
4.1 (66 ratings)
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What's Radical Collaboration about?

Radical Collaboration (2004) offers invaluable methods to help you build effective and high-functioning collaborative relationships, as well as strategies to manage any kind of conflict that you might run into. At the heart of these methods are five skills that can turn anyone into a better teammate and turn any organization into an efficient and productive partnership.

Who should read Radical Collaboration?

  • Business leaders
  • Managers and teammates
  • Readers interested in becoming better collaborators

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Interviewing Books: 60 Seconds & You’re Hired! by Robin Ryan

60 Seconds & You’re Hired!

Robin Ryan
4.1 (257 ratings)
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What's 60 Seconds & You’re Hired! about?

60 Seconds & You’re Hired! (1994) is your guide to nailing your next job interview. These blinks are packed with actionable advice on how to grab a potential employer’s attention, sell yourself and land the job of your dreams.

Who should read 60 Seconds & You’re Hired!?

  • Job seekers
  • Career counselors
  • Students looking for their first job

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Interviewing Books: How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes

How to Talk to Anyone

Leil Lowndes
92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
4.2 (3,374 ratings)
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What's How to Talk to Anyone about?

How To Talk to Anyone (1998) is an indispensable guide to improving your conversations and becoming more graceful and effective in your social interactions – no matter the situation. Leil Lowndes offers readers a treasure trove of techniques and tips that will help any socially awkward individual gain more confidence in workplace environments, meetings, their private lives and at parties.

Who should read How to Talk to Anyone?

  • Businesspeople who want fantastic working relationships
  • Readers looking for better ways to communicate with their partners
  • Awkward folk who’d like to improve their social skills

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Interviewing Books: Neuro-linguistic Programming for Dummies by Romilla Ready and Kate Burton

Neuro-linguistic Programming for Dummies

Romilla Ready and Kate Burton
4.0 (285 ratings)
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What's Neuro-linguistic Programming for Dummies about?

Neuro-linguistic Programming for Dummies (2015) is an introduction to the basic principles behind NLP. If you’ve ever struggled to say what’s on your mind, NLP may be of use to you. Discover the human traits that can keep us from understanding each other and the helpful methods that can lead to clear and effective communication.

Who should read Neuro-linguistic Programming for Dummies?

  • Readers who strive to communicate clearly
  • Students of neuroscience and linguistics
  • Anyone open to new ideas and techniques for improvement

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Interviewing Books: Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards

Captivate

Vanessa Van Edwards
The Science of Succeeding with People
4.0 (260 ratings)
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What's Captivate about?

Captivate (2017) is your guide to human behavior and social success. Whether you’re trying to connect with others at home, at work or out in the world, Van Edwards set about breaking down the mechanics of how to capture people’s attention and engage in meaningful interaction.

Who should read Captivate?

  • Young people who want to improve their social skills
  • Singles looking to become dating pros
  • Managers and entrepreneurs who want their employees to do their best

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Interviewing Books: The Eight Essential People Skills for Project Management by Zachary Wong

The Eight Essential People Skills for Project Management

Zachary Wong
Solving the Most Common People Problems for Team Leaders
4.2 (169 ratings)
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What's The Eight Essential People Skills for Project Management about?

The Eight Essential People Skills for Project Management (2018) is a hands-on guide designed to help team leaders diagnose and solve people problems in today’s increasingly horizontal workplaces. The fruit of years of first-hand experience, Zachary Wong’s playbook for effective leadership is packed full of actionable advice on how to boost motivation, confront underperformers and push through fear of failure.

Who should read The Eight Essential People Skills for Project Management?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Leaders and managers
  • Anyone fascinated by workplace psychology

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Interviewing Books: Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen

Difficult Conversations

Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen
How to Discuss What Matters Most
4.0 (391 ratings)
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What's Difficult Conversations about?

Difficult Conversations (1999) takes a look at what makes a conversation difficult and why we often try to avoid them. It outlines how to correctly approach and maneuver through tough topics to build positive and meaningful relationships.

Who should read Difficult Conversations?

  • Politicians and business leaders
  • Teachers
  • Parents

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Interviewing Books: The Fine Art Of Small Talk by Debra Fine

The Fine Art Of Small Talk

Debra Fine
How To Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills – and Leave a Positive Impression!
4.1 (1,056 ratings)
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What's The Fine Art Of Small Talk about?

The Fine Art of Small Talk (2005) offers practical advice for cultivating conversation skills. Drawing on anecdotes from the author’s own journey to becoming a confident small-talker, these blinks will teach you how to initiate, sustain and exit conversations with ease and grace.

Who should read The Fine Art Of Small Talk?

  • Professionals looking to sharpen their networking skills
  • Introverts seeking confidence in social situations
  • Parents who want to strengthen their relationships with their children

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Interviewing Books: Talk by Elizabeth Stokoe

Talk

Elizabeth Stokoe
The Science of Conversation
4.1 (337 ratings)
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What's Talk about?

From small talk with the barista to water-cooler chat with colleagues, we spend a lot of our time talking — yet very few of us understand the science that underpins how we talk. Talk (2018) breaks down the fundamental building blocks and typical patterns of conversational encounters to reveal the structures and strategies behind what we say, and offers a blueprint for how we can learn to talk and listen more effectively.

Who should read Talk?

  • Anyone who’s ever had trouble getting a point across
  • Anyone who’s ever suffered a communication breakdown
  • People who want to take their conversational skills up a notch

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Interviewing Books: The Bullseye Principle by David Lewis and G. Riley Mills

The Bullseye Principle

David Lewis and G. Riley Mills
Mastering Intention-Based Communication to Collaborate, Execute, and Succeed
4.2 (180 ratings)
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What's The Bullseye Principle about?

The Bullseye Principle (2018) is a practical guide to confident, clear communication in contemporary business settings. Covering everything from personal branding to inspiring others and running meetings effectively, these blinks will show you how to deliver your lines with style and win over your audience.

Who should read The Bullseye Principle?

  • Leaders looking to find their voice
  • Public speakers with stage fright 
  • Interviewers and interviewees

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Interviewing Books: The Job-Ready Guide by Anastasia de Waal

The Job-Ready Guide

Anastasia de Waal
Employability Skills and Strategies for Career Success
4.0 (50 ratings)
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What's The Job-Ready Guide about?

The Job-Ready Guide (2019) is a helpful roadmap for anyone seeking to get themselves on the first rung of the career ladder. In addition to offering advice on job-searching, writing a compelling resume, and performing well in interviews, it provides insight into what modern employers are really looking for.

Who should read The Job-Ready Guide?

  • Students leaving college
  • Teachers or mentors wishing to give young people up-to-date career advice
  • Young professionals seeking a change in career

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Interviewing Books: You're Not Listening by Kate Murphy

You're Not Listening

Kate Murphy
What You're Missing and Why It Matters
4.5 (420 ratings)
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What's You're Not Listening about?

You’re Not Listening (2020) casts a spotlight on the undervalued skill of listening. It’s filled with examples of talented professional listeners, as well as practical advice for getting more out of conversations with others – not by saying more yourself, but by listening more closely to others.

Who should read You're Not Listening?

  • Couples looking to improve their communication skills
  • Professional listeners, from journalists to business negotiators
  • Everyone who wants to have better conversations

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Interviewing Books: Doesn't Hurt to Ask by Trey Gowdy

Doesn't Hurt to Ask

Trey Gowdy
Using the Power of Questions to Communicate, Connect, and Persuade
4.3 (717 ratings)
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What's Doesn't Hurt to Ask about?

Doesn’t Hurt to Ask (2020) teaches the subtle art of persuasion through one unconventional tool: asking questions. Former congressman Trey Gowdy explains how thoughtful questions can help you reach your audience, communicate your message, and win people over – whether that’s in a courtroom, a business meeting, or at the dinner table.

Who should read Doesn't Hurt to Ask?

  • Exhausted parents looking to win their kids over in arguments
  • Politically engaged people who want to advocate for their beliefs more effectively
  • Anyone looking to improve their negotiation skills in their private or professional lives

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Interviewing Books: What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 by Richard N. Bolles with Katharine Brooks

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021

Richard N. Bolles with Katharine Brooks
Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success
4.3 (129 ratings)
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What's What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 about?

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 (2021) is a fresh edition of a book that’s widely regarded as the job-hunter’s bible. It’s packed with classic exercises and time-tested strategies that empower prospective employees to find, and secure, the role they want. This new edition contains essential updates that speak to the contemporary job market.

Who should read What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021?

  • Job-seekers wondering if they’ll ever land a coveted role
  • Fed-up employees who are ready to take on a new career challenge
  • Prospective entrepreneurs who need a kick start

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 FAQs 

What's the best Interviewing book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Crucial Conversations as the ultimate read on Interviewing.

What are the Top 10 Interviewing books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
  • Pitch Perfect by Bill McGowan and Alisa Bowman
  • Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis
  • Humble Inquiry by Edgar H. Schein
  • Just Listen by Mark Goulston
  • You Only Have to Be Right Once by Randall Lane
  • Talk Lean by Alan H. Palmer
  • Four Seconds by Peter Bregman
  • Works Well With Others by Ross McCammon
  • Brief by Joseph McCormack

Who are the top Interviewing book authors?

When it comes to Interviewing, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
  • Bill McGowan and Alisa Bowman
  • Ken Davis
  • Edgar H. Schein
  • Mark Goulston