Less talk, more action

When it comes to impress our interviewers or human resources personnel in charge of the selection process, candidates do not always resort to the most ethical methods. Some diplomas earned at prestigious universities are invented, others speak of projects that scored great successes, while others simply use a language sofistticado covering their shortcomings, either in the interview or in the curriculum.

Nevertheless, interviewers increasingly have more tools to discover whether a candidate has inflated or lied on their credentials. Therefore, the best for any candidate is not only not lie or inflated facts, but also proactively demonstrate their qualities, either by presenting evidence of some of the most important data on your history or simply preparing a portfolio containing samples of the work performed.

Recently, I made a hiring process in which dozens of freelancers fighting for a technological project, which receive a large sum of money.

After a thorough analysis, I managed to eliminate all those who tried to sell smoke, those who, inflating his credentials, sought to exploit the situation. It putting myself in the place of the contracting company, once returned me to confirm that, in the long term, candidates who are able to prove their worth in an honest way, with evidence, without unnecessary exaggerations, are ultimately those who manage to be the upper hand.

There are many ways to show your strengths, concrete and professional, such as a physical sample of projects that have worked, or digital portfolio, if you have it available. Depending on your industry, it is more convenient to use one or the other. Also depending on the specific job for which you postules, will ask some evidence that you have achieved in the past, but remember that what you usually ask is simply the minimum, so choose to go a little beyond the merely required.

Apart from presenting these physical or digital samples of your work, another thing you can do is ask for letters of recommendation to some of your former colleagues, bosses or even former university professors, to complement your portfolio. These letters of recommendation, which can be included in your LinkedIn profile, are important to demonstrate, in a more objective way, your true professional value element. Worth much more worthwhile deliver a portfolio with several of your projects, and letters of recommendation from a former boss, many of the answers that you have given during the interview.

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