Before you charge off to your first
interview, spend a little time developing a strategy. Think
carefully about the possible traps and pitfalls that you may
encounter during the course of the interview process. Consider
the questions that you are likely to hear. In the heat of
an interview, decisions on how to respond to a question must
generally be made in a matter of seconds. It is all too easy
to be caught off guard and lose your composure. To the extent
possible, you should make decisions about how you will respond
to certain lines of questioning in advance of the interview.
Ideally, you should formulate and rehearse certain responses
so that they flow smoothly and eloquently during the interview.
This is not to say that your responses should all be canned.
Indeed, it is impossible to anticipate every question. You
do, however, want to develop your thoughts and ideas as fully
as possible so that you are able to pull information from
your mind quickly in response to relevant questions.