In a market where Briefing Professionals are highly regarded corporate assets, they sometimes seem to end up on the “defensive end of the stick” when it comes to the job interview process. The problem is that we prepare for an interrogation rather than a conversation. In my past as an interview candidate, I must admit I have been guilty of prepping by practicing regurgitating dates of employment, chronologically listing previous roles and responsibilities, and coming up with canned answers for those highly anticipated “gotcha” questions. I could rattle off accomplishments like nobody’s business, too. Afterall, I needed to be well-versed in all aspects of my career journey and be capable of explaining how my course was charted. Basically, I prepared for and was more comfortable talking about past achievements, rather than the future… since the future was uncertain, anyway. Somehow, I managed to secure responsible positions with that method of preparation and interaction, but I never felt like I was on equal footing with the interviewer, particularly if he or she was an executive.