Do you react or respond?
The only thing you get to control is how you react. Reacting means you might get caught. Responding means you take control, in the form of taking the time to pause, think and answer the question–or explain why you can’t. Perhaps, best of all, you’ve taken time well in advance to anticipate tough questions and how you’ll respond, should they arise.
Choosing to respond rather than react also means not letting your emotions get the best of you. In the heat of an argument, you tend to become emotional and run the risk of ignoring the consequences of your actions. It would not help if your actions lead to unforeseen circumstances. While you might be known for your planning and organised approach to your work, your reputation must not be hindered due to your reaction to a minor argument. Thus, it helps to cultivate a habit of responding carefully even in times of crisis or in the middle of an argument. It takes a good amount of introspection and practice to gain the habit of responding even during testing times.
The way you choose to behave in a given situation whether to respond or react goes a long way in creating perceptions about you. But remember responding effectively and with thought speaks a lot about your personality and self control.