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Top 10 Accomplishment Interview Questions

When have you contributed to an effort to obtain a corporate goal?
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Question 2 of 13
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
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"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This showed me that I am able to dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."
"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."
"I would have to say my greatest accomplishment was reducing departmental costs by 25% by thoroughly reviewing packing slips and comparing them to invoices and contract terms for accuracy."
Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!
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"My greatest career accomplishment was having been promoted the fastest in the entire organization's history and sweetening the deal by closing a deal less than 48 hours later. I was not only proud of myself, but also received accolades from the VP of Sales in front of the entire company, which was a really special and fun moment. I took a pay cut to move into the role, so to exceed expectations, be promoted, and be financially ahead of where I was previously was really exhilarating."
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Question 3 of 13
When were you able to resolve a problem within work?
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"In my most recent position we had a consistent problem with employees showing up late for their shifts or calling in sick at the very last moment. Rather than the typical documenting and reprimanding style that management usually takes, I decided to track the results of an accountability reward system. For 180 days, my employees were rewarded for coming to work 10 minutes early. Also, for every month with zero sick days, a bonus was added. In the end, we awarded those with perfect attendance a $600 bonus. The bonuses cost us less money, in the end, than the cost of lowered productivity due to absent employees. The program was a success and upper management chose to keep it implemented for another 6 months. We will reassess in December, but it seems to be working very well."
"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."
Problem solving and dispute resolution are very important skills to possess. Display to the interviewer that you are capable of problem solving within the workplace.
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"When working with the operational support staff, it was clear that they felt as though they were taken for granted and completely disregarded by the sales staff as a whole. Not only did it make them feel devalued and lower their morale, but that in turn lowered their productivity. Rather than just let it fester, I decided to listen to the ops staff and then bridge the gap with the sales team. By sitting down and having a conversation, laying out a more effective way of delegating work, everyone walked out feeling better about the job, situation, and their coworkers."
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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 most recent position we had an ongoing concern with our most popular stock depleting before the new shipment would come in. Customers would become annoyed and upset, which then became an issue for me as the Customer Service Manager. I decided to document the cycle and then approach the Inventory Manager about my concern. We were able to work on a solution for ordering from that particular supplier. In the end, this solved the majority of supply issues."
"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."
Every place of employment will have its challenges. Talk to the interviewer about a specific issue that you were able to overcome in your previous role. Be sure to remain positive. Avoid complaining or saying negative things about your previous employer or co-workers.
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"A problem I, and my coworkers, ran into a lot was when we walked into a meeting, we found out that our assistants had oversold or misrepresented what we were going to sell them. It seemed that either they were poorly trained or were so eager to get the "yes" the setting an appointment, which was a main factor in not only their KPIs, but their paycheck as well, that they misrepresented our product. By bringing it back to the basics and making sure everyone was being properly trained, we saw an improvement. I then suggested that their pay should be not for appointments set, but appointments that were worthwhile and held. The pay would increase for these instances, so there would be a bigger focus on quality, legitimate prospects instead of hoodwinking people into taking a meeting they not only don't want, but will waste both my time and theirs. This greatly improved efficiency, close ratio, and meetings held. And, even though they grumbled about it at first, the assistants ultimately preferred this system because they got paid better in the long run."
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Tell me about a project you completed recently that was ahead of schedule.
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Tell me about a time that you have helped a co-worker accomplish an important goal.
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How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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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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If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?
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Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
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Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.
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Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
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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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