Have you ever compared yourself to someone else? More than likely the answer is yes. Someone may have a fancier house, a better car, or nicer clothes. How about in terms of your job? It may have crossed your mind once or twice – “why did they get the promotion? A higher salary? I am certainly more qualified…”
What about in an interview? When I conducted mock interviews with students as a career consultant, one re-occurring theme appeared to be comparing themselves to others during their interview.
It can show a lack of confidence or come across as negative and those are the last two things you want to have in an interview. It is important to emphasize your strengths and what makes you stand out from the rest. It can certainly be easy to mention as we all get nervous and want to make sure that we show how great we really are. However, we can show this through our own abilities by marketing our skills in the best manner. It is important to focus on what you can bring to the table. You can still get your point across without comparing yourself to others.
Instead of saying “I was a better at sales than anyone else,” talk about the awards you received for the highest sales in 2013 amongst 29 sales employees. Or how you exceeded your sales quota by 15% during the first quarter of 2014. You are not saying anything negative about anyone else, simply stating how well you have done your job.
At the end of the day we have to realize what we have and are blessed with. The same goes for you when it comes to your skills and abilities. The best thing is to be confident in what you have done and what you can do!
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