/ Asked by Tanya
I’m really uncomfortable talking about myself in interviews. What should I do?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Thursday, August 20, 2015
Practice, Practice, Practice. Start with a trusted friend, family member, colleague etc. Help them help you by printing out some softball interview questions to help you work up to a level of comfort in speaking about yourself, your accomplishments, your experience and your innovations.

If you go back through some of the questions I've answered on this site, you can see I am a big fan of the information interview. So much less pressure than the job interview, but still a great chance to hone some of your skills talking about yourself. Network a bit and find some people willing to talk to you.

Your resume is a nice back bone for what you are going to discuss. Get comfortable with what you have included and then maybe try and start compartmentalizing that information into more bite size pieces that you are comfortable with.

One piece might be:

The Skill
How I used it successfully
How I could have done it better
How I see it working in this job

Everyone gets nervous in an interview. It can feel very unnatural to sit in a space with someone you don’t know, answering questions about yourself and going into the nitty gritty details about what makes you unique and the right person for the job. What bits and pieces does the interviewer have already? Resume, cover letter, phone screen, LinkedIn profile, brief intro. Do those things say enough about you for someone to be able to decide you would be a good team member, a good leader, a confidant, perseverant, interested, excited. It can be challenging to convey these very real face to face intangibles without talking about yourself, so try hard to look at the interview as an awesome opportunity to meet someone new who is going to help you overcome this fear.

Let’s face it, you are the person who knows you the best, go spread the word. You can do this.
Answered by Courtney, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Thursday, August 20, 2015
Great question!  Practice, practice, practice!  You do need to learn to highlight your accomplishments and strengths during an interview without "bragging."  Stick to what you have done and your most strong character traits to answer how it will benefit their organization.  I say to practice because that's what it takes.  Take advantage of any mock interview opportunity or work with a trusted friend to get some practice.  You can find sample interview questions online to start with.  Good luck!
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, August 21, 2015
You are not alone with feeling uncomfortable speaking about yourself in an interview. The best advice I can give to you is to look at the interview process as a competition where you need to throw the modesty aside and be able to tell the interviewer why you are the best person for the job. If it were a running race, you would want to run the fastest, so why not get comfortable with the fact that the interviewer will be counting on you to tell him/her why you not only meet the role qualifications, but actually surpass them. The more you practice, either in front of a mirror, with a close friend, or even videoing yourself, you can improve how you come across so that the uncomfortable feeling turns into one of confidence. If you keep in mind the end goal of an interview process is to get an offer, it puts it more into perspective how important it is for you to be able to communicate your strengths to an interviewer. Good luck!!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Great question! Interviewing can be stressful and tough so the best thing to do is to relax, be yourself and show confidence. Practice Practice Practice!!!
Interviewers understand the interview process and know it can make some people more reserved than normal. Make sure to come prepared with strong answers and examples to the interview questions. Sell yourself and explain why you think you are a good candidate for that position. Good Luck!!
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