The important thing to remember is not to panic. Take a deep breath (or three) and try to pivot the conversation away from you and back to the interviewer.
“You just need to stop the train of thought and pause. Shift the conversation back to letting them speak,” said Hannon.
Ask a general question, such as: “What do you see as the biggest challenge for the person who takes this position?” Or “How would you describe the company’s culture?”
It also helps to prepare statements about who you are as a worker, your skillsets and the unique contributions that you can offer — should you feel like you are going too far off track.
“Boil it down into a simple message and then just return to that if you notice you are talking in circles,” said Anna Bray, an executive coach and career coach at Jody Michael Associates.