Originally Posted by globetrotter
I'd say differently - when you are interviewing for big ticket jobs (and the longer you work the bigger ticket they get) I'd say being able to tell stories about how you actually have perfored is more valuable. you are selling yourself - not so much that you will get questions, the way I see is when you get asked questions you are actually trying to get to a situation where you can tell stories about how your experience has been similar and what you did in those times.
Exactly. Use the question to shift the answer to your home turf. If you ever watch the talking heads that get interviewed in CNN, FOX, etc. often in contentious interviews, they are very good at taking a tough question, turning it around and redefining the conversation. In other words, not answering the question or redefining the question and providing an answer that puts you in a strong light.
The job I have right now is my dream job, and I found out later, even through several rounds of grueling interviews, that what got me the job was the very first question of the very first interview. My now boss asked me what my dream job would be like. I answered: "If you would have asked me that 20 years ago my answer would have been different - I might have talked about a big office, perks, etc., but as you move along in your career you get over the personal rewards pretty quickly, and understand that the real personal career gratification comes in making a contribution to an organization, when people look at you and depend on you for your expertise." Sounds like bullshit, but I really believed it, and it got me the job.