Having taken a lot of interviews and given a fair share in the past, there is no standard answer. Your answer, or how it is absorbed, is as much about the listener, and their state of mind at that moment, as it is about you and your manner of delivery.
However being relaxed, telling the truth and enjoying the process is the best way to approach the interview. Taking or giving an interview is a great way to meet smart people and engage in a good professional conversation.
One of the things I have learnt about being patience is to be aware of your impatience. Ask why? And the why of why? Often that reason is so frivolous that I laugh, asking myself, “Is this really why I was so impatient?”
While the article mostly focus on small gestures from business perspective, these smaller gestures often have lasting impact on our personal lives too.
Long ago when I was a student, a substitute teacher of mine spent an extra half an hour with me just showing me how I made mistakes in a hurry to complete my sums. She did not have to do that. Yet she did and it completely changes the course of my life.
‘Remember that it is we who torment, we who make difficulties for ourselves – that is, our opinions do. What, for instance, does it mean to be insulted? Stand by a rock and insult it, and what have you accomplished? If someone responds to insult like a rock, what has the abuser gained with his invective?’