Nail the "tell me about yourself" interview question.
"It's important to share insight into what makes you tick using anecdotes rather than adjectives," suggests Karen May, vice president of people development at Google. So rather than describing yourself as a quick study, share the killer story about how you taught yourself some programming so you could work with your firm's Web-development team. What to do if you're stumped for an answer: "Laugh at yourself and say, 'You know, I'm so excited about this opportunity that I'm having a brain freeze. Can we come back to that?" Just be sure to return to it, says May.