Known for our typically self-deprecating humour, blustering awkwardness and natural modesty, we Brits have never been a particularly self-assured nation.
The idea of striding confidently into an interview room and pitching a word-perfect portrayal of our many skills and achievements is, for many of us, only ever an idea.
According to search site Gumtree, 92% of British jobseekers usually feel uncomfortable talking about themselves in an interview situation and employers think 42% of their candidates significantly underplay their skills.
Gumtree launched its research in a bid to find out why so many jobseekers struggle to find employment. They found that the most common reasons for candidates underselling themselves were shyness, modesty and reserve.
Can our inadequacy in interview situations be blamed on the ‘speak when you’re spoken to’ attitude of traditional British parenting? If, like American children, we were taught to drive for success and expect the best, would we be more likely to get the careers we wanted?
If talking about yourself and your achievements feels unnatural to you, you may benefit from an interview coaching session. Once you can grasp the correct format and understand how to sell yourself without coming across as arrogant or unrealistic, you may feel more comfortable being interviewed.
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