Forty percent of all people interviewed are rejected because they talk too much. Twenty percent get rejected because they come across as boasting. Boasting is one of those funny words that means, “You appear arrogant to me because you haven’t backed your claims up in my mind yet”.

Boasting comes across as overshooting in your manner what you’ve delivered in your content. You always have to be careful about talking too much and about making sure that you’ve told them enough about you for them to have a really good impression of you.

Boasting comes through primarily in your energy. It appears as speaking arrogantly—speaking with a body language that says, “I’m better than you. I’m better than other people.” Most people don’t like that sort of behavior.

They’d rather have a low key, soft sell, confident approach that says, “Yes, I can do that. And I don’t have to beat my chest like Tarzan in the jungle to let you know.” They’re looking for someone who, in a low key, confident way demonstrates to them that they’ve been in this role before and they’ve succeeded — a sort of tell-me-what-your problem-is-and-I-can-handle-it attitude.

In preparing for an interview, you need to understand what they’re looking for. Look at the sort of skills and experiences that the company wants and be prepared to demonstrate your fit for them. Secondly, prepare answers to questions that you would ask if you were in their shoes, so you understand how they’re going to evaluate you and you can be prepared for it. Make sure you focus on answers that fit the experience that they care about. In your manner and your speech, demonstrate self-confidence.

Confidence is an acquired state of mind that comes from mastering a situation. One way to increase your confidence in your ability to interview is to practice with others so that you feel that you’ve been interviewed about these questions before. Like an actor or actress on the stage, like an athlete who has faced this situation many times before, you may be delivering a line that seems spontaneous, but one that you’ve rehearsed so many times before it just seems spontaneous.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2008, 2016, 2020


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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