... I bring you Being Interviewed 101 (hat tip LynMarie Daye). In response to a request for advice on an upcoming interview, Fred had this response:
Be honest.Good start.
Keep your answers short. Make the points you want to make regardless of the questions asked if asked questions that throw you. Have 5 major points you want to get across and get them across.
Sounds a lot like Fred's debating technique if you ever get sucked into a discussion with him. The inexperienced don't realize Fred is not discussing the issues, he has several pat phrases he'll default to once the circular logic fails. Like "no diabetic does better on more carbs" and such. But don't answer "questions that throw you", rather answer about what you want to talk about. I'm surprised he's never been a spokesperson for a politician ... I think he missed his calling!
Have a sense of humor. Speak clearly. Don’t say “Um.” Don’t say things that might allow people to make themselves feel as if you’re trying to make them look stupid.Good.
White lie when necessary but only when absolutely necessary in order to get the greater good point across.Say what? Let's see that again ...
Be honest. ... White lie when necessary but only when absolutely necessary in order to get the greater good point across.
Whoa boy. Given this is written advice, one wonders if that disconnect even occurred to Fred as he proofread it before publishing. There is no way those two sentences can be reconciled. You can either be honest, or you can be honest when it's convenient, but lie when necessary. This leaves open pretty much any behavior, right? Because one can always rationalize a lie if this is "how they roll".
Speak with authority.Good advice ... would be better if more could speak FROM authority, however.
Let the audience feel that you are listening to the moderator. When the moderator asks a question, don’t answer immediately – take a VERY short pause, then answer. Don’t talk when the moderator is talking. If the moderator is being boring, spice it up. Don’t allow long pauses. Keep it moving.
All well and good, but if the moderator asks you a question that you don't want to answer, just stick to your talking points. Easier to speak with authority if you stick to your schtick!
Stay positive. Have passion. Have a glass of water nearby. Don’t clear your throat audibly.Good.
Never bad mouth another person.I just gotta laugh at that. Comment at will :-)
Don’t be a wimp. Don’t be a know it all, but know it all.I think that last sentence should read: Act like a know it all, even when you don't know a thing.
Say thank you. Be polite.From the always ever so polite Fred Hahn.
Have a few aphorisms or witty quotes at the ready like “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” –Twain.Ha ha ha!
Show up on time. Remove distractions. Answer call in questions with respect and care for people’s feelings.Good.
So to sum up: Be honest, lie when necessary, stick to your canned phrases so you can sound authoritative. Feign respect for your host and those asking questions and you'll do just fine.