Monday, October 15, 2012

Book Review: An Idiot, Placements and IntervYOU.

First things first; this is the first book review on this blog. Books have always been an integral part of my growing up and it's a shame that I haven't reviewed any of them till date. But, hey! there's always a beginning and this is it.

An Idiot, Placements and IntervYOU’ is a perfect self-help book for I.T. job aspirants.

Author: Toffee (Taufeeq Ahmed)
Genre: Self Help/ Non-Fiction
Publisher: Times Group Books

‘An Idiot, Placements and IntervYOU’ is written by a first time author who with a fancy name like Toffee.  It is the story of an brilliant student from School, who joins the Engineering bandwagon and has spent his 4yrs doing everything under the sun. The gravity of the situation strikes him only when he walks into his 4th and final year at college. That's when he pauses to think - What next and starts taking life a lot more seriously, concentrates on all things important and most importantly his placements. The ending is of-course happy when he joins his *Dream Company*. 

Like all corporates he goes through a period of self questioning and asks himself the usual questions like - what am I doing with my life. That's when a light bulb goes out over his head and he decided to write a comprehensive self help book on - How to Crack an Interview for Engineering students.

For starters, I am not an Engineer nor do I work in the IT sector, but I'm aware of placement process in engineering colleges. The minute you step into college, every professor or senior or just about anybody you meet on your way, stresses on the importance of placements. To them, the ultimate goal of the education system is to see you hunched in front of a computer.

The book walks you through the entire rigmarole of placements - starting with preparing for an aptitude tests,  group discussion, technical interviews, HR Interviews and the likes. He goes on to explain all of this in detail and infact focuses on minor details that are seemingly insignificant. More importantly, he even tells you how deal with road-blocks and overcome them successfully.

He has made a genuine to effort actually connect with his target audience, in the chapter about aptitude questions, there are illustrations to help the student better. In the interview chapter he tells you about how to talk, how to present yourself and the kind of questions you can possibly expect. I appreciate the effort.

The writing style is fairly simple, no high-funda language. The tone is very conversational and colloquial. 
The book isn't entirely self-help, it is interspersed with andectodes to keep the readers engaged. The book drag in parts, it could have been crisper actually. 

On the whole, a decent read, you might enjoy the book better if you are a teen. But for me, I wouldn't call it a great read, but it bordered on the lines of an ok-ish read. Honestly speaking, I wasn't mighty impressed.

Perspectives differ and you might like the book too! Do give it a shot if you want a light read that doesn't expect you to work your brains.

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