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One of the key best practices in interviewing excellently is the ability to take control of the interview or shape the direction of the interview. In an interview, you have a wonderful opportunity to shape the direction of the interview when you are asked an open-ended or nonspecific question, such as [Tell me about yourself or [How would others characterize you?] The open-ended question differs from specific questions such as [What courses in calculus did you complete?] because a specific question requires a specific answer for an adequate response. Many professionals tell me they get very nervous when asked an open-ended question in an interview. Their general reaction is, [What am I supposed to say? I have no idea where to start.] If you are well prepared, an open-ended question is one of the best questions you can receive in an interview. This chapter will help you understand how you can use the open-ended question to present yourself in a good light. It also explores how to create and address turnaround questions.
In an interview, the interviewer is often trying to ask questions that allow him or her to paint a picture of you, so the interviewer can assess
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Publication information: Book title: How to Interview like a Top MBA: Job-Winning Strategies from Headhunters, Fortune 100 Recruiters, and Career Counselors. Contributors: Shel Leanne - Author. Publisher: McGraw-Hill. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2004. Page number: 69.
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