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Top 10 Accomplishment Interview Questions
Question 1 of 13
When have you contributed to an effort to obtain a corporate goal?
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List of Accomplishment Interview Questions
  1. When have you contributed to an effort to obtain a corporate goal?
  2. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  3. When were you able to resolve a problem within work?
  4. Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
  5. Tell me about a project you completed recently that was ahead of schedule.
  6. Tell me about a time that you have helped a co-worker accomplish an important goal.
  7. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  8. What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?
  9. If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?
  10. Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
  11. Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.
  12. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
  13. What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
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Rachelle Enns
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Contributing Author
Rachelle Enns
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Question 1 of 13
When have you contributed to an effort to obtain a corporate goal?
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Every quarter, I commit to working overtime in order to complete our quarterly inventory counts. Our goal is to be the store with the most accurate inventory count and we have been able to achieve that for the past 2 years.
I once challenged and pushed my team to a 15% increase in productivity on the last day of the month to meet our production goal. It was a tough challenge, with some tired workers, but we all felt great about the accomplishment.
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Question 2 of 13
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
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I have many accomplishments that I am very proud of. Overall, I would say that my greatest work accomplishment is the positive reputation that I have in this industry.
My greatest accomplishment is the fact that I have exceeded my sales quotas every year for the past 5 years. Each year, my sales results improve. I am very proud of that.
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Question 3 of 13
When were you able to resolve a problem within work?
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I problem solve quite often at work, primarily with customer resolution. Just yesterday I worked with a customer who was unhappy. Through calm communication, I was able to resolve the complaint and create another returning customer.
I am a regular problem solver. Last week, I was eating lunch in the break room when I noticed a bottleneck of people from the assembly line all trying to get to the microwave and vending machines. It was jumbled mess of people and they only have 30 minutes. I developed a plan to rearrange the break room for better flow, and now the lunch time process runs smoother for the staff.
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Question 4 of 13
Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
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In my current position, one ongoing problem is the gossip and separation in the workplace. I am able to overcome this by focusing on my work and not becoming involved.
Communication was our biggest problem. I implemented, with the support of management, the use of Microsoft Project, and a weekly status email template that kept our departments talking to each other instead of pointing fingers.
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Question 5 of 13
Tell me about a project you completed recently that was ahead of schedule.
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The majority of my projects are completed ahead of schedule. I believe that my clients deserve the best of me and I will work overtime when I can in order to deliver faster than expected.
I was given the task of migrating our payroll system to new provider, and completed the project two weeks ahead of schedule allowing us to start the new service sooner.
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Question 6 of 13
Tell me about a time that you have helped a co-worker accomplish an important goal.
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Nearing the end of Q4 last year, all of those who had not reached their quota were facing potential layoff. I was 123% to quota and my co-worker was struggling at 98%. I transferred a small client to him which pushed him to 104%. He was a strong team member and I didn't want to see him lose his job for one difficult year.
I work in accounts payable, and our bills are paid on time. However, my coworker in accounts receivable was struggling to obtain payments from customers. I stepped in and helped her make collection calls one day, knowing that my work could wait until tomorrow. I could see she was drowning and discouraged, so it was the obvious thing to do.
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Question 7 of 13
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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I am a highly competitive person who is compensation driven. I like to be recognized for my accomplishments through monetary bonus' or contests where the stakes are high.
I am very simple. I do not really require any formal recognition, but kind words from my coworkers and superiors will keep me motivated and working hard.
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Question 8 of 13
What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?
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The most challenging accomplishment I achieved was the fluid communication created in my current team. When I first started, communication was so poor that it greatly affected the company's profits. By creating this smooth communication, we were able to increase sales by 155% in the first year.
My most challenging accomplishment was to boost employee morale, lowering turnover and increasing productivity. After the year they had, it was not easy to take over, gain their trust, and put a smile back on their faces.
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Question 9 of 13
If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?
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If I were hired today I would place my focus where you have the greatest need. In my opinion, the biggest impact I can make is through being a dedicated employee.
If hired today, I would start with analyzing all quantifiable data from the last month, quarter, and year to identify any bottlenecks or shortfalls and set a plan to correct them.
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Question 10 of 13
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
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I volunteer 1 to 2 Saturdays per month serving meals at a local homeless shelter. Helping others is very rewarding.
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Question 11 of 13
Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.
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I often go above and beyond what is expected of me. Most recently, I agreed to cover for a co-worker who was on short term medical leave. I worked 10 hour days for 2 weeks so that our work did not suffer any setbacks.
I enjoy going above an beyond in my work. In my last position, I regularly called customers just to check in and see how they were doing, even if there was no news or issues with our service to discuss. I believe going above and beyond for customers is what kept them loyal to us.
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Question 12 of 13
Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
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My biggest contribution to my last team came in the form of leadership. I am a natural leader and am able to foster strong communication with my team which directly impacted the overall results.
My most notable contribution was my ability to analyze and predict market trends, and then create a successful marketing strategy. Before me, there was no one with a true marketing background on the team.
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Question 13 of 13
What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
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The greatest cost-cutting measurement that I accomplished at work was through new suggestions for theft prevention. Since we implemented some of my suggestions our loss, due to theft, has decreased 12%.
My biggest cost reducing plan was to source new suppliers for our warehouse supplies. By doing some extra research, I was able to bring costs down by 20% in less than one year.
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