The Mistake Most People Make Within the First 5 Minutes of an Interview

Sophie Miura

Less than a minute into my phone interview with Peggy Klaus, executive coach and author of Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It, I made the very mistake I'd been hoping to chat to her about. "Tell me about yourself—what do you do?" she asked, a disarming question for any interviewer, given that I usually lead the conversation. Slightly taken aback, I blurted out my title and a few tidbits about my role as a writer and editor. Without realizing, I'd just committed the key mistake she's written about at length.

"Brag is a four-letter word, even in the age of social media, selfies, and narcism," says Klaus, a communication trainer who coaches C-suite executives. "But it's about being able to talk about yourself with pride. That is something all of us should be able to do." In her experience, it's not necessarily a skill we're born with—it's something that needs to be learned and practiced, and it can transform your career.

Struggle to talk about your achievements without deflecting? Ahead, she shares the most common mistakes people make—and the tips to take ownership of your success.

Have you mastered the art of career bragging? Share your tips below. 

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