When you want to make a good impression to people, during a job interview, date or meeting the intuition about what creates a positive impression is often wrong.
Harvard Business Review, quotes this as “humblebragging”, which is a common way to respond to interview questions such as What’s your greatest weakness?(I’m bad at saying no, so I end up helping other people too often.)
According to HBR researchers have found that humblebraggers are viewed as less likeable than people who straightforwardly brag or even people who complain. When someone humblebrags, he sounds inauthentic, like he’s saying something strategic instead of something honest.
Other people are evaluated more positively when they try to be themselves, so the best strategy is just to be honest about yourself even if what you’re being honest about is how great you are.
Want to know more? Read this article: The Right Way to Brag About Yourself,â€ by Francesca Gino