Just reading Penelope Trunk’s article on how to handle a job interview. Her main tip is, “Rehearse.”
As she points out, few questions are really new. You can anticipate most of them and have answers ready. But she also talks about preparing yourself mentally, Think of all the good things you ever did. Think of why you’re the most qualified person for the job.
I’ve always interviewed well. In fact, one employer later said, “You were so relaxed we almost didn’t offer you the job. Most people are nervous,”
Well, why would I be nervous? I had another job. If I didn’t get the job I wouldn’t starve.
My interview secret: I would pretend I’m a guest on a radio talk show. Or I would pretend my interviewer is Diane Sawyer of ABC-TV. Guests talk in sound bites. They answer questions the way they want. The duck bizarre or embarrassing questions.