We love it when the teacher turns off the Powerpoint. We lean in when the President stops reading the teleprompter.
Our favorite Saturday Night Live skits are the ones where the actors can’t stop laughing, miss their cues, or venture off script.
Remember this when interviewing: you want to go off script. That’s a sign that you’re connecting, that real life is happening. It’s the place where even the most disinterested person wakes up and tunes in.
You will be remembered, not for your slide deck or your well-rehearsed 5-point answers, but by the story you tell about what happened on your way to the interview.