That's why it is a big risk for you to volunteer information on the interview. Anything you say may be held against you. That's the kind of data employers are looking for. And it could knock you out of the box.
In law, as Elie Mystal points out on Abovethelaw, that's called "going beyond the scope of the question."
Lawyers comprehensively coach their clients not to do that. They hammer: Just answer the question. Don't elaborate.
Here's a concrete example how going beyond the scope of the question can eliminate you from the competition for the job.
Interviewer: I see here you were unemployed for three months in 2016. Please explain that absence from the workforce.
Smart You; (What you should say) There was a medical emergency in my family.
Dumb You: (What you should not say) I invested in myself by checking in a great rehab. I will always be grateful for that opportunity.
Of course, the context is very different if the question is about the specifics of how you get results for employers or clients.
In that situation, you need to provide concrete details about what the outcomes were and how you (preferably the team) achieved them. Then, you could briefly sketch out how you also could get results for this particular employer or client. But do that without putting the knock on what the organization is currently doing.
Interviews are no different from the performance art actors roll out on the stage, in film and on television. You have to be totally aware of how each word is being received. The body language and facial gestures should help generate the impact you intend to make.
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