Answer Interview Questions with the "Present-Past-Future" Formula
Your first instinct would be to talk about the past first then the present. The Muse suggests mixing it up:
So, first you start with the present-where you are right now. Then, segue into the past-a little bit about the experiences you've had and the skills you gained at the previous position. Finally, finish with the future-why you are really excited for this particular opportunity.
Explaining your present skills first gives the interviewer a context to understand the past. Ending your interview with the future gives you a strong finish. While The Muse focuses on one question, this formula also works with other questions, too.