"Um . . . well . . . I have 15 years of experience in the . . . uh . . . marketing industry, and in my spare time I really enjoy showing dogs and watching Dancing with the Stars."
This is one of the most commonly asked interview questions, and there's a good chance you'll be asked it. As a matter of fact, there's a good chance you'll be asked this question over and over again.
There's no reason to be unprepared. Also, unless the interviewer asks specifically, don't delve into personal topics.
Dawn Dugan specializes in writing books, articles, white papers, reports and special communications for the human resources industry. She is the co-author of Effective Executive Compensation, which was published by AMACOM in 2008. Read more...