How to Brag at a Job Interview without Sounding Like a Braggart

Many career counseling clients admit to me that they are uncomfortable interviewing because they do not like to talk about themselves.  Bragging is not something they do.

That’s a great characteristic to have…just not at a job interview.  At a job interview you are supposed to brag.  The key is not to sound like a braggart.

Here’s a trick that works:

When asked the first question which requires you to talk about your achievements and accomplishments say the following:

I am going to answer your question but I just want to clarify something.  During my career I have been fortunate enough to work with some really good people.  But I am going to focus on my contributions to the team effort or on solo projects.  I just want you to know, that I know, that there is a “We” behind the “I.”

I call this “I vs. We.”  You have recognized your colleagues and now you can brag all you want without sounding like you are bragging.  Just remember not to use any superlatives.  Keep the adjectives to a minimum.  If you will, follow the rule of the old Dragnet television series:  Just the facts, Ma’am!


Bruce Hurwitz is an executive recruiter, career counselor and business advisor.  In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, he chairs their Entrepreneurs Network, hosts their weekly podcast – The Voice of Manhattan Business – and serves as an Ambassador.  Visit the homepage of my website,, to read about the latest questionable offerings of so-called job search assistance companies.


JOB ALERT: Sponsorship Coordinator/Director – New York City

Our client is a for-profit educational programming provider. In operation since 2006, they arrange lectures in over 50 markets across the United States, by professors from top colleges and universities. The students who attend are not looking to network, get ahead in their jobs or obtain an advanced degree – they’ve already done that. They are there because they love to learn, and believe spending a day with fascinating professors and a room full of intellectually curious, cultured people is time and money well-spent.

The client is looking to hire a Sponsorship Coordinator/Director to secure corporate and other funding.


  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience with corporate/sponsorship sales ideally within the higher education, entertainment, arts or culture sectors;
  • Verifiable track record of sponsorship sales;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Commitment to continuing education for seniors/retirees and transparency;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship building skills;
  • Highly motivated/independent attitude, willing to take the initiative, with an entrepreneurial mindset and work ethic;
  • Capable of taking direction and open to feedback;
  • Limited telecommuting will be acceptable.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Local candidates only.


  • Minimum base salary of $40,000, depending on experience.
  • First-year guaranteed bonus of 20% of all funds raised by the candidate over $100,000.
  • Health insurance, medical and dental.
  • Pension 401(k).

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume, as Word Documents, to:

Bruce A. Hurwitz, Ph.D.


Hurwitz Strategic Staffing, Ltd.

Recent LinkedIn Posts for Job Seekers

I want to share with readers of this blog some recent posts which I have written on LinkedIn.  The most important, in many ways, is the third, “If you are doing this on your profile you are embarrassing yourself and may be rejected by employers!”  I don’t know why, but it really bothers me when people fall for this nonsense.  So please read it, remember it and share it with your networks.  And if you are not already doing so, please follow me on LinekdIn.  THANK YOU!

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