Effort makes the best impression

When looking to grow or as the Jefferson’s Theme Song goesmoving on up in our professional life, depending mainly on our wall of achievements will most times than not take us nowhere. While an overachiever successful person can get you a meeting or can get you shortlisted. But on a personal level and professional, people want to know how you got to where you are today, what were the struggles and tumbles youve gone through to get to where you are. They are looking for relatability and humbleness. People who take first meeting to explain how successful theyve been in achieving their goals without mentioning the hardship that got them there might never live to see a second meeting. Mainly because they fill the room with an underwhelming sense of excitementHowever, when someone reveals the failures behind their success, they start to feel identifiable and relatable. 

In a study titled Impression (Mis) Management When Communicating Success Dr. Janina Steinmetz explained that A success story isnt complete without the hard work and explanation of why we were successful. Did the success come easy, thanks to ones talents, or was it attained through hard work? Both of these attributions can be part of successful self-promotion, but my research shows that emphasizing effort is more likely to garner a positive impression and people really want to know the story behind your success.

Resume is a clear indicator of our professional successful landmarks. Recruiters can look through your social media account(LinkedIn, Instagram) to get an idea of how you want to be perceived. It also offers an introduction of who you are and/or a summery in terms of career choices and interests. A sit-down interview, on the other hand, requires openness and digging deep. Recruiters want to see whats your character like in person, behavioral interview to see if your personality will fit well with the team, to ensure that youll be able to get along.

In most cases people who achieved a lot can appear jaded or even worse will have a demeanor that says, my work speaks for itself. They wont show the effort that it took from them to get to where they are. Whilst a person with a success checklist less checked will show all the enthusiasm that can be fathomed to make sure that the interviewer realizes what the candidate lack in success milestones, they more than make up for it in effort and hardwork.

Interviewers encountered candidates who try to seem like an overachiever maybe even try to lie their way through an interview, but what they neglect to see that this approach will get them eliminated faster than if they chose to be honest about their achievement regardless of how humble they seem compared to others.  Moreover, interviewers who actually put in the work can spot when an interviewee who tries to fabricate by realizing that they arent familiar with an important detail or inaccurately talk about a task related to the work they are interviewed for. This ultimately cuts their chances of getting a future phonecall for a job that might better suit their skillset and experience.  Since their first impression interview showed how unethical the candidate was.

Ultimately, humbleness and humility win always when put side to side with overconfidence and a bragging personality. Its best to use the time offered during the first interview wisely, by balancing it between your successful milestones and the effort you put into getting there.


  1. This essay is so true! People with integrity know that recovering from failure is even more important than succeeding. It’s much harder, and is a better barometer of character. It’s easy when you succeed. But getting up after you’ve been knocked down, that’s the true measure of success.

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  2. Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog and liking my post. Your encouragement is a big boost for amateurs like me. Hope to create better posts and receive more feedback in the future.

    Nice post. I agree that when we are open about our shortcomings, it shows our willingness to work on them. It indicates that we are not complacent and are always looking to learn and improve.

    Best wishes,

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