Here's some good advice from Yahoo Jobs on . It starts with the following:
1. Begin your answer by listing the top three to five requirements of the job as you understand them, based on your research and what you've learned in the interview.
2. Summarize how your skills and experience will enable you to make a significant impact in those areas.
3. Finish by stating your interest in the organization. Keep it short and sweet.
The piece then offers these suggestions:
Prepare your best "story" to answer the question by showing how you will go the "extra mile."
Good advice -- at least in the business world -- based on my 20 years of work experience.
I'd also add the following:
1. Be sure you have several quantifiable accomplishments you can refer to in your interview. Don't simply say you "save the company some money" but that you "led a multi-functional team that delivered over $300,000 in cost savings in four months." The more statements you can make like this last one, the better chance for success (getting an offer.)
2. PRACTICE telling about your accomplishments. Rehearse them over and over until you know them inside and out and can work them seamlessly into the conversation. Some say that practicing your responses makes you sound canned, but I've found the opposite is true. Knowing what you want to say and how to say it gives you a certain feel of confidence and relaxes you during the interview -- thus making you appear more calm, cool and collected.
Any other suggestions for making the most of an interview?