“Tell me about yourself.” “Why are you leaving your current position?” “What has attracted you to our organization?” These and many other interview questions, so often dreaded as traps, actually present great opportunities to impress an interviewer. How? Be prepared for them.

This column will focus on preparing to talk about your background and experience; you must also learn about the employer so you are prepared to ask questions and to discuss your interest in the employer, a subject for another column.