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The Interview Expert by John Lees

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CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

How do I get past sticky moments when things start to go wrong?

THIS CHAPTER LOOKS AT:

  • The moments that throw you off your game
  • Quick strategies for bouncing back
  • Focusing on what’s happening now, not what you’ve just done
  • Taking the interviewer where you want to go

THAT AWKWARD MOMENT

Even the best-prepared interviews don’t run exactly to order, and there are all kinds of questions that can throw you. Hopefully you won’t be too thrown by predictable questions which you can handle with ‘lifeboat answers’ (see Chapter 12). There are, however, moments in an interview where you might think things are not going your way. This chapter outlines how this happens, and what you can do about it.

As a general principle, if you are ...

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