I’m back home from my job search training tour and I must say I’m feeling incredibly grateful as my attendees continue to share their feedback. One of my attendees, Shambria, really warmed my heart with her words:
“Noelle’s presentation on resume building was life changing. It made resume writing really simple. She taught me what employers were looking for when making resumes hire-friendly. Thank you for everything!”
I hope you don’t mind my sharing. I also thought it would be a good lead in, to a question that came up when I was on the road. An attendee asked:
“In an interview, how much is too much when it comes to talking about yourself in a positive light?”
No one likes a bragger.
We’re taught that less is more when it comes to tooting our own horns in the presence of others and this is definitely a good practice to abide by in our daily lives.
However, when you walk into the interview room, you are better off turning up the volume on your accomplishments. It’s your job to talk yourself up in the interview (because no one else will do it for you).
This can be tricky because you don’t want to come across as a bragger and potentially turn off the interviewer, right? So how do you do it?
It’s important to be humble and come from a place of humility when talking up yourself. Try to put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes: on one side, they are looking for a total rockstar and want (and NEED) to hear that you are that rockstar. On the flip side, they definitely aren’t looking to hire a know-it-all, ego-maniac.
You have to master a blend of both and also practice if this is something that doesn’t come naturally. An easy way to do this:
1. Just answer what you are asked.
Avoid rambling on and on about how good you are while simultaneously jamming a zillion amazing qualities you possess into every answer.
2. Use stories to illustrate your skills and desirable qualities.
Instead of saying, “I’m a great leader,” talk about the time you led by example and achieved great results with your peers or direct reports.
3. Talk Results
“Results” is always the name of the game.If you can produce results, they want to hear it alllllllll day long. Bragging will go almost undetected when you speak results as long as you keep the results relevant to the question.
So continue to be a rockstar and be sure to shout it from the rooftops the next time you step into the interview room. Answer questions by telling stories about your results in a non-egotistical way and you’ll be in good shape!
Did you find this helpful? Leave a comment below! If talking about you isn’t your thing and you’re still struggling to hear back after interviews, ask me about interview coachingYou might also find these other interview tips: