If you want to learn from mistakes in how to handle an interview, you could take a lesson from Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Edward Kennedy, and Alexander Haig. The three public figures all had celebrated careers. But each also had one moment when they badly flubbed an interview.
Jimmy Carter admitted to Playboy he had lusted in his heart, the equivalent in his mind to adultery. Henry Kissinger was skewered by rapier-like interviewer Oriana Fallaci, comparing himself to the mythical, romantic American cowboy. Edward Kennedy was stumped when CBS congressional correspondent Roger Mudd asked a softball question: Why did he want to be president? And U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig, in the moments after President Ronald Reagan had been shot, rushed into the press room to attempt to calm the waters by announcing, “As of now, I am in control here.”