” If you done it, it ain’t bragging.”  Walt Whitman

As an executive recruiter for over 25 years, I helped many candidates learn how to interview effectively with prospective clients.

The purpose of this post will be to highlight and point out some of the basic guidelines for promoting yourself in an interview without coming across as a braggart.

There is a fine line between promoting yourself and coming across in an arrogant manner.

You should remember that successfully promoting yourself in any endeavor is a key factor in one’s personal development.

Before we go any further, we should define what bragging is.


Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines bragging as “to talk boastfully: engage in self-glorification.”

Guidelines For Promoting Yourself Without Bragging

  • Be Authentic -when speaking in front of a prospective client, be yourself and answer all questions as honestly as possible. There are times when candidates sublimate their real personalities and are intimidated by the interviewer. This is a basic mistake.
  • Be A Good Listener try to answer your interviewer’s questions in a short and concise manner. Listen carefully to what is being discussed. Nothing is a greater turn off than when someone rambles on too long when answering a question.
  • Tie Your Accomplishments To The Job Specificationsspeak about your achievements and how they relate to the job for  which you are interviewing.For example, let’s say you interviewing for a financial position that calls for saving money. You would want to provide the interviewer with an example(s) of how you saved money for previous employers. These examples should be as fact driven as possible where information can be supported.
  • Don’t  Make Claims About Yourself That Are Too Exaggerated – try not to make statements about yourself in an interview that are difficult to verify. If you do this you will sound arrogant and boastful.For example, let’s say you work in  a department that creates a specific mechanical device. If you state that you are the most productive person in your department, you would need to prove you created more mechanical devices than your fellow employees.
  • Only Make Statements About Yourself That You Can Substantiate – For example, if you say you  are creative in an interview, bring in some samples of your creativity.  Let’s say you are a photographer – then bring in a portfolio of your work. This makes your claim of creativity much more credible.
  • Do Not Use The Word I Too Often – using the word “I” too much in an interview can make you sound conceited and too self-centered. Remember when possible to give credit to others that helped you in accomplishing a specific goal.


  • Promoting yourself effectively is very important in terms of landing a job and in life in general. It is an important aspect of personal development.
  • If you emulate the above mentioned guidelines, you will be able to promote yourself effectively without appearing to be a braggart


About the author: Bob

Bob is a businessman, athlete, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people progress personally through better self-awareness.


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