What Are Your Biggest Achievements?
An interviewer might ask for only 1 achievement or some thus provide this question some thought beforehand. Wherever doable, keep most of your achievements work-related and focus on the advantages that you just achieved for other people, such as:
- Increased customer or client satisfaction
- Greater revenues or profit
- A bigger slice of market share
- The elimination of inefficiencies or errors Cost reduction
- Improved relationship morale within the team or with other stakeholders
- Enhanced reputation of your employer
For example, an IT manager may say:
We were asked by our head office in the US to upgrade all of our staff’s computers to a new software package. We have over 600 computers across three locations in the UK and it was imperative that we handled the migration within the space of a few days to ensure that there would be no compatibility issues. This was back in March, which is traditionally a really busy time of year for our company. I had to attend a lot of meetings with senior managers to persuade them that it was important. And I had to co-ordinate the efforts of my team to ensure that all of the computers were upgraded within those few days. It took a lot of planning and hard work, but I was really proud of the fact that we managed the migration and had only a few minor problems and no complaints from the staff.
|Don’t simply talk about what the achievement was – you also got to say why it was an achievement. Clearly, demonstrate to the interviewer exactly what you did to form your action an achievement.|
If an interviewer asks you specifically to speak regarding a success outside of work, always relate it back to the types of skills or features that might make you a good addition to the team. And don’t simply assume that the link is clear – explain the link to the interviewer. For example, passing a piano exam is evidence of your ability to focus on achieving the goals that you set for yourself. Perhaps a sporting triumph is proof of your commitment and dedication to rising your health. Or raising money for a charity is evidence of your ability to work with a team to a deadline
What Are You Most Proud Of?
This is simply a variation of the question ‘What are your achievements?’ The trap here is for unwary candidates who may gush about their family or accomplishments outside of work. While you may be terribly proud of your children or your relationship or having lost weight or given up smoking, try to use a work-related achievement.
|Don’t exaggerate your achievements. If you were involved in just a tiny low way in a much larger team, then a talented interviewer may be ready to see through you. Rack your brain and always decide examples where you honestly did create a major contribution|
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