A: To get an offer
The lesson here is short and sweet (unlike the preponderance of my posts). Our next milestone is the offer and all our actions are driving to that. Therefore - don’t rush ahead and start the forthcoming milestone (negotiation) with the first question of the first interview.
Since we’ve now entered game day of the process (and in these times – you’ve actually scored a sit down), separate posts on interview preparation, topics to avoid in the first round, questions I should ask the interviewer, phone (and now video) screens and some brief thoughts on negotiation are headed to an RSS Reader near you.