Most interviewers will ask you about your strengths and weaknesses; however, this question is specifically tailored for the interviewer to see what successes you personally value in the workplace. Ensure that each accomplishment is work related. Think about the times when you were given extra kudos in the workplace or when you received a special award. Give the interviewer a brief overview of each accomplishment including why it was important to you. Be sure to mention when the accomplishments were achieved / which position the accomplishment is associated with.
"Two of my proudest career accomplishments have occurred this year, in my current position. I earned a spot in the President's Club and I was also recognized as the top Customer Choice in our entire division. This recognition meant so much to me because it showed me that my dedication and tenacity truly paid off. I won a trip for the President's Club award which was really exciting. My third greatest accomplishment was actually from my time in University. I graduated top of my class while also holding down a full-time job. It was a true success story and it really encouraged me!"
"Early in my career, I created an entire department, structure and team from scratch. It was very rewarding. In my last role, I created a social cause program for our organization that gave back to the community and got our teams involved in something greater than ourselves. Lastly, I have lived a rich life filled with great experiences and continue to enjoy the journey towards being my best self professionally and personally. That within itself, is a great accomplishment!"
"One: I reduced costs by reviewing packing slips, contracts, and invoices and calling out vendor billing errors. 2. At the same company, I assisted A/R by helping make collection calls which brought in revenue that we would have lost. 3. At another company, I created a new filing system that helped us research transactions faster when requests were made."
Retail answer example
"I would have to say that my proudest moments professionally to date are as follows:
1. My promotion to manager of Expressions (young, trendy, professional women) department. I am, as far as we can tell, the youngest employee across the company to have been promoted to department manager at this time- which is pretty cool.
2. While it's not directly related to my career, but I would say I'm very proud of it nonetheless, and that's my part collaborating on the development of a now yearly charity in which we do an elevated coat drive: meaning we collect items for the homeless or underserved population, and go out and actually meet the people that are receiving the coats, blankets, and other warm items.
3. I suppose would be being recognized by corporate for my 10 years of dedicated, excellent service. I really value loyalty and appreciate when my dedication is recognized and appreciated."
Sales answer example
"Easily my proudest moment was setting a company record for fastest hire to promotion and deal closed. To come into a new opportunity, crush expectations, and see that rewarded exactly how I had hoped was such an awesome feeling and something I am incredibly proud of.
This connected to what is probably my second favorite moment: when I was commended by the VP of Sales at a company-wide meeting, both for those accomplishments, but also when he retold how hard he had to sell ME on the role, company, and opportunity. He described how he was sweating getting me to say yes, and it's a moment I really treasure.
Finally, in my first company out of college, I was asked to step in as account manager to two of the top three accounts in the branch, despite my 8 month tenure. That they trusted me with such responsibility and knew I would succeed was really an amazing moment for me."
Teacher answer example
"My biggest work related accomplishment would be that aforementioned time when the district put cutting elementary Spanish as their top suggestion for budgetary cuts. The parents of my students rallied around me and the department and made sure that the district, the board, and the principals all knew that it was not an option to cut it. I had former students come speak about how important Spanish has been for them and how impactful I was as a teacher. It literally still makes me both smile and tear up at once.
Obviously that is impossible to top, but my second biggest accomplishment were being asked by a mentor of mine to get back into the workplace after taking time off with my children. She was building the elementary Spanish department in the district and personally asked me to come back to help her build it.
Finally, I would say serving as a mentor to new teachers for the past several years has been a really proud moment or series of moments for me. It has been, and continues to be, so rewarding and fun. I love being seen as a mentor and helping shape the next generation of educators."