It can be extremely disheartening when you spend 2-3 days preparing your answers for an interview, just for your mind to go completely blank as soon as the first question is asked. It's something that most of us fear happening, and we can get so worked up that we stress ourselves out to the point where we are incapable of remembering anything other than what we are worried about. Here are 2 techniques that help me to stay calm and trust that I can remember answers and examples during an interview:
Throwing it back to school days with some good old fashioned flash cards. For me, these are a great way of forming connections and helping me to remember what I want to say and what examples I want to give. On one side of the flashcard I write a common interview question taken from sites I found online (The Muse and Forbes) and on the other side I bullet point the answer I want to give and the example to support it. Try not to overdo this technique, use it to test yourself once you have planned your questions so that you can recall examples without having prompts in front of you.
2. Spider diagram
If flashcards aren't your thing, a spider diagram is another great way of using visual aids to help you remember your answers. With this technique, I circle each question and bullet point each answer. This way, when I come to answering questions during the interview I can think back to my bullet points to help me create a structured answer.
If you don't think these will work for you but you can remember how you revised when you sat your exams at school, try using a similar technique when preparing for your interview! Once you work out what type of learner you are, you can very easily help yourself to remember things and arrive for your interview prepared to sell the best version of you.