5 Do's and Don'ts to show your talents without showing off
Let’s face it, no one likes a show off. No matter how successful or talented they are, people who brag about their achievements are often seen as arrogant and over the top. So when it comes to landing your dream job, how do you promote your skills without sounding like your own biggest fan? It’s a fine line, but it can be done! Practice these five steps to showcasing your talents without showing off in your next interview.
1. It’s a matter of facts
Try not to use sweeping statements about your skills. Instead, lead with positive outcomes that you helped achieve.
DO: After I joined the company, we doubled our sales.
DON’T: I’m an excellent salesperson.
2. Share the love
Give credit where it’s due. If you were part of a team, make sure to mention the others who made your success possible.
DO: Part of my success was having a great team to rely on.
DON’T: I was the one who lead my team to success.
3. Show your efforts
Let your employer know how hard you’ve worked to achieve your goals. It shows dedication and ambition rather than implying you were simply born with these skills.
DO: I worked really hard to make this happen.
DON’T: Success has always come easy to me.
4. Avoid the humblebrag
Pretending to sound humble while self-promoting can come off as insincere. If you do want to mention a specific talent, try to bring it up in context, rather than hiding it in a self-deprecating comment.
DO: It was a real honour to be awarded Employee of the Year for three years running.
DON’T: I actually feel a bit bad about being awarded Employee of The Year all the time.
5. Don’t put others down
Your success doesn’t have to come at anyone else’s expense. So leave out comparisons where you can.
DO: I was usually the first to reach my monthly targets.
DON’T: I was always ahead of everyone else in my team.
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