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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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What is your greatest work related accomplishment to date?

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    What is your greatest work related accomplishment to date?

      How to Answer

      This question is tailored for the interviewer to see what specific successes you value in the workplace. Be sure to give as detailed of a work-related accomplishment that you can. If you are new to your career, you can lean on other experiences such as school, competitive sports, or volunteer work.

      Think about the times when you were given extra kudos in the workplace or when you received a special award. Explain why this accomplishment means so much to you. If you can, finish your response with a qualifying statement regarding how you will continue this pattern of achievement, if you are the chosen candidate.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current position, I reduced costs by reviewing packing slips, contracts, invoices, and calling out vendor billing errors. Then, I assisted Accounts Receivable by making collection calls, bringing in potentially lost revenue. Lastly, I created a new filing system that helped us research transactions faster. These changes resulted in a 15% revenue increase in just 90 days. I am eager to bring these types of results for your organization."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "My greatest accomplishment stems from my time in university. I graduated top of my Business Administration class while also holding down a full-time admin job. It was a true success story, and it encouraged me, knowing that wherever I land in my career, I will always be able to handle busy workloads and heavy expectations."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "In my last role, I created a social cause program for our organization. The charity initiative focused on giving back to the community, and our employees were happy to be involved in volunteer efforts. I have many wins in my management career, but giving back to others was truly the most gratifying. I look forward to gaining more experiences like this with your organization as I see that your company also puts a spotlight on giving back."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "My proudest moment was setting a company record for fastest hire-to-promotion at Company ABC. I walked into the new opportunity, crushed expectations, and saw the reward of a promotion. The situation turned out exactly how I had hoped, and it gave me the confidence to keep pursuing my biggest career dreams, which is what brings me here today - interviewing with your esteemed organization."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "My proudest professional moment was being the youngest employee in my company to be promoted to the department manager role. I worked hard to meet my sales targets and also spent time mentoring new hires. I learned a lot about management, leadership, and coaching - all skills that I am excited to bring to this new opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "Two of my proudest career accomplishments occurred this year. I earned a spot in the President's Club and was awarded Top Customer Choice in my division. This recognition meant so much to me because it showed me that my dedication and tenacity truly paid off. I won the President's Club annual trip to Mexico, which was exciting. I plan to continue this pattern of success with your organization."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "My biggest work-related accomplishment came around the time when the school district cut my elementary Spanish program for budgetary reasons. The parents of my students rallied to ensure the district, the board, and the principals all knew that it was not an option to cut the program. I had former students speak about how important Spanish has been for them and how impactful I was as a teacher. I knew then just how big of a difference I had made at that community school. Rest assured, I will bring this same energy and dedication to your school, should you choose to hire me."

      Rachelle's Answer for a New Manager Interview

      "In my current position, I helped my company reduce warehouse administration costs by reviewing packing slips, contracts, invoices, and calling out vendor billing errors. Then, I assisted Accounts Receivable by making collection calls and bringing in potentially lost revenue. Lastly, I created a new filing system that helped us research transactions faster. These changes resulted in a 15% revenue increase in just 90 days. My manager commented that I acted like a manager despite not being in a leadership role, and they were proud of my ability to think past my core job responsibilities. It felt wonderful to make a difference for my employer, and I am eager to do the same for your organization in this management position."

      5+ Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I took the lead in getting my product on Preferred Formulary status at a major hospital. While doing so, I learned a great deal about the process and was able to take that experience to a second major center shortly after that. This helped a lot of patients, was a major contribution to my organization while also creating a constant revenue stream for my business."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a great accomplishment, and you relay it very well. You should be proud!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "After researching co-teach best practices, I was given the opportunity to coach teachers in preparation for training videos. After developing an interactive module (with embedded videos), the entire module was published for district use."

      Kristine's Answer

      Great response! You interviewer will be impressed your employer recognized your expertise.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I would say my greatest work-related accomplishment to date would be when I got promoted to my territory. I become a top rep within six months by working incredibly hard and keep pushing forward. That year I finished at the highest percent to quote within the company at 171%. I am very proud to say."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You should be so very proud of this accomplishment! Very good work, and a fantastic answer.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My greatest accomplishment is when I worked on a project where the scope of work was to upgrade 2 VFDs and control them from a control room several miles away. The VFDs were used to start and stop large Water Pumps."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a great accomplishment! You must be very proud. If your work included results such as saving your employer time or money, be sure to include those details.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My greatest work accomplishment is being able to help to increase the pharmacy adherence goal from 80 to 83 where the company has to be. By changing prescriptions to 90/days and putting prescriptions on auto fill."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Excellent! You should be very proud of this accomplishment :)

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My greatest accomplishment in school was completing a P4 grand rounds presentation. This was a 40-minute presentation I presented to faculty members and my fellow students. I am proud of this presentation because I spent an enormous amount of time preparing for it. It allowed me to use my skills to lead a presentation about a topic I was interested in."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Wonderful! The pride in your work certainly shines through in your answer. Can you offer more details surrounding the presentation topic and why you focused on theat particular topic?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Getting a promotion last November as a lead test technician is a great accomplishment to me to this date. I got this because I am being trained to work on all testing stations, starting from the board-level test, module-level test to system-level test."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is an excellent accomplishment! Well done!

      "My greatest work accomplishment was being promoted to Lead Test Technician last November. I trained hard and passed all my tests from board level to module, and system level."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I would say that my greatest work-related accomplishment up to date is that I have been a part of a new organizational structure in my current project. In my project, we have formulated a development and operations structure, where I have act as a test coordinator for the development part of it. These have learned me how the production processes are related to the development part. This has also taught me agile ways of working with everything related to it, such as work roles, core values, and principles, new terminologies. The result has been that I have gained personal development and the project itself has delivered greater results."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Good answer! It's great that you added specifics on how your skills have grown at work. I like how you tied these into your accomplishments.

      "My greatest work-related accomplishment to date is my involvement of the new organizational project structure. In this project, our team formulated a development and operations structure. I acted as the test coordinator for the development piece. Through this, I was able to learn how the production processes are related to development. I also learned agile methods. I gained personal skills such as learning more about work-related roles, core values, and principles."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I was responsible for rolling out a new fibre-optic service to our business and residential customers in my current position. I worked with another colleague to bring a new service to our customers that hadn't been done in our area before. Our customers can now experience some of the fastest internet speeds this area has ever seen."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very exciting! It sounds as though you sincerely enjoyed being a part of this rollout. If possible, add a few more details, such as how long this rollout took from start to finish.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I was awarded as an outstanding employee on four separate occasions for my services to students, colleagues, and institution. However, my greatest accomplishment was to see my students take my advice, complete the course successfully, and embrace a bright future of doing what they are passionate for and capable of."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very nice balance between professional rewards and reward through feelings of accomplishment.

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