(Alison Doyle on About.com) – What are you going to say when a hiring manager asks Tell me about yourself? or Why were you fired? – do you have an answer ready? If not, you should. In fact, you should be ready to answer most of the typical interview questions you’ll be asked.

Taking the time to prepare answers will save you from fumbling around trying to figure out what to say, and will prevent that awkward moment or two of silence while you try and gather your thoughts.

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