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How to Sell Yourself in an Interview without Bragging
During the interview process you want to convey your strengths, experience and credentials without sounding too cocky or brash.
You must sell yourself, but you need the right amount of finesse to keep from coming across as a self-centered and boastful person.
But how do you do it without sounding like that?
Read on to find out how.
State the Facts Only
Be prepared with specific numbers and stats. You don't want to get too personal here.
If you were responsible for increasing sales revenue for your company by 68%, simply state that fact. Explain how you were able to reach that goal in a precise manner. Methods you used to get to that point and tactics that helped you succeed.
Don't explain how you were the only one working so hard and none of your coworkers helped in reaching that goal. How you had to stay late and no one else did.
Your track record, stats, strategy and results will speak for themselves. If they are momentous and something the employer is looking for, that will speak volumes.
You will want to highlight the critical parts of your accomplishments. However, at the same time you don't want to falsify duties or responsibilities you did not perform.
For example, increasing your company revenue by 68% is quite significant. But don't mislead them to believing that you were also responsible for all the reports, or tracking or the management of that department.
Having some modesty goes a long ways. But at the same time, be sure to convey the primary points of your job duties.
Remember to be respectful, modest, use the right tone of voice, be appreciative and show confidence and all that will convey positively to the interviewer without sounding cocky.
Folks understand that there is not a person on this planet who is good at everything.
Detail Weaknesses and your Strengths will Shine
Have you ever been asked the following?
What are your greatest strengths?
What are your greatest weaknesses?
We all dread those questions, don't we?
We are afraid if we admit to our weaknesses, well, it shows weakness. However, if you do it correctly it will only make your strengths shine brighter.
Be totally honest with what you consider are your weaknesses.
If you are an outstanding sales person in a face-to-face situation, don't hesitate to let the interviewer know that you are not very good at cold-calling.
If you are better with managing a small team rather than a large one, state that weakness.
If you were responsible for building a website but don't have the skills to generate leads from that website, don't be afraid to say that.
Be careful what you claim as a weakness, though. You don't want to mention a weakness of selling if you're applying for a sales job. Be mindful of the details in the job description in which you're applying.
Use these tips when interviewing and you'll feel more confident in your strengths, weaknesses and experience and you won't sound like your bragging or being boastful.
About the Author: Deb Lamb
Deb Lamb is a Ghostwriter and Copywriter who lives an amazing life in Granbury, Texas with her husband, two dogs and cat. She has a passion and desire to ignite and encourage others to successfully survive the hard times like divorce, abuse, single-parenting, homelessness and job loss. Deb has personally experienced these life-altering situations making her an authority and expert to motivate and inspire others. She has authored hundreds of articles on these topics and writes motivating and inspirational advice and strategies on how to overcome and enjoy a stunning life. Visit her blog for encouragement, direction and advice.