When I had my job interview, the manager asked me if there were certain “type of people” I had issues getting along with.
I started thinking.
Tthere are certain subcultures I would never be able to understand and therefore might have difficulties getting along eith.
But this didn’t seem like the place where hipsters would walk around in their skinny jeans, Gothics in their Cradle of Filth hoodies and political activists dragging along their campaign.
So I said the most obvious “type of people” which give me cramps.
THOSE WHO BRAG.
Those who think so highly of themselves.
Those who are so self absorbed.
Those who cannot live without compliments.
Those who don’t what modesty is.
The manager grinned and wrote something in his notebook.
Little did we know that now, a few months later, I am hired and came to work with someone who is quite full of himself.
I talked to him on the phone the other day.
He was proud to present his CV for the 15th billion time.
He mentioned his 500 linkedin contacts and 679 Xing contacts more than once.
I come across a lot of work related people who feel the need to brag to me.
Within this occasion, I am above him hierarchically.
(Which might hurt his balls, since he has 25 years more of experience than me)
I’m not impressed by status.
Nor 30 years of work experience when you’re 50+.
And certainly I am not impressed by your bragging.
The best kind of people I’ve met in life are those who have so much experience to share, but remain modest until the right moment.
How do you deal with people who like to brag?
Do you smile and nod or do tell them to shush up?