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Here's How To Talk About Your Accomplishments Without Sounding Like A Show-Off

Handy tips for your next job interview or networking opportunity!

1. Focus on what you did.

Don't say you're hard-working, creative, or efficient. Instead, prove to your interviewer that you're any of those by focusing on the things you've done, then following that up with the awards and other kinds of recognition you've received.

Remember to watch your tone as you speak; be matter-of-fact. As much as you don't want to sound like a braggart, you also don't want to sound like you're shy, embarrassed, clueless, or humble-bragging. It's a good quality to give credit where credit is due.

2. Talk about the difficulties and threats you experienced.

By doing this, you put much more weight and significance to your success. What more, it makes it clear to your interviewer that your achievement really is an achievement, so he can value that and respect you more.

3. Tell a story that's relevant.

This is the best way to talk about your accomplishments. Business writer Liz Ryan stated in Forbes: "When you tell the interviewer a story that shows how you came, saw and conquered, you've answered about twenty questions that the interviewer doesn't even have to ask. You've told us how you roll. That's the whole point of a job interview." She has an excellent point, since in storytelling you already provide context. For instance you're talking about a project you headed. Great. In storytelling you discuss why the project was needed in the first place, what issue was going on that needed to be fixed, what you did in the project, and if it solved the problem.


The other great thing about telling a story is that it can be indirectly connected to the job or position you're applying formeaning it can be something very personal like dealing with depression. That's because you want to show your interviewer ultimately what kind of person and worker you are.

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