Perhaps the most frustrating interview is the “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” or “go-with-the-flow” style of an inexperienced interviewer. This interview style is not effective, but some people do use it. In some cases, this style can be a deliberate strategy in which the interviewer asks broad and general questions and allows you to control the interview. The most common, non-directed opener is, “Tell me about yourself.” When responding, keep in mind that an employer is interested in how your background, education, skills, and personality qualify you for the position (not in your personal history). In your answer, make sure you acknowledge these areas: your education, relevant experience, valuable skills and abilities, and personal characteristics. Practice your answers before you go to an interview. It is vital that you sell yourself and your qualifications.

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