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Land the Tech Job You Love by Andy Lester

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Never Give B.S. Answers

There are hundreds of books on interviewing, many specifically providing lists of “tough interview questions and the answers that will get you the job,” or similar breathless claims. I’ve read through at least a dozen while writing this book, and I haven’t seen one yet that didn’t advocate giving a B.S. answer at least once.

These books all espoused reasonable principles, like never being negative and not coming across like a complainer, and I can’t argue with any of that. However, when it gets down to lying, the interviewer is going to know. For example, in one book I won’t name, I found this example, paraphrased:

Interviewer:

Tell me about a decision you made that your boss disagreed with.

Bad:

When I gave notice ...

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