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What is your greatest achievement so far?

1 of 30 Common Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on December 28th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

Before your interview, make a comprehensive list of your achievements. Perhaps you have received individual awards or accolades. Think of the value you added when working on a team project. Maybe you had your research published, won a raving performance review, or exceeded a sales goal. These are all great examples of achievements!

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"My greatest career achievement was being the youngest person ever awarded a sales management position at my current company. I worked very hard for that promotion and my dedication paid off."

Admin
Answer example

"My most significant achievement so far has been my ability to graduate University top of my class while working full time. I am very proud of that achievement."

Manager
Answer example

"My greatest achievement was winning the North American top manager award three years in a row. The award is nomination-based, with the final decision focusing on staff retention rates, production rates, and tenure."

Marketing
Answer example

"I would say my greatest career achievement to date would be having launched a career in both sales and marketing, leveraging my top salesperson status to leap into marketing. I've been able to utilize my sales knowledge to launch multiple highly successful, revenue-generating campaigns."

Retail
Answer example

"My greatest accomplishment is the promotion I received last year to department general manager. I began in part-time sales and had managed the third largest department in the store while being the youngest ever to do so!"

Sales
Answer example

"My greatest career accomplishment was achieving the fastest promotion in the organization's history. I was not only proud of myself but also received accolades from the VP of Sales in front of the entire company, which was an extraordinary moment."

Teacher
Answer example

"In my current district, they were doing a referendum and proposed cutting the elementary Spanish program to save money. The parents of my students rallied around me and made such a ruckus at all the board meetings that the Spanish department remained intact. The fact that my students and their parents loved the program so much, made me feel so special."

Paramedic
Answer example

"When I decided to become a paramedic, I knew that it would be a process. I gave myself a time frame for school and was realistic about how I would be able to complete the training while working full time. I set a deadline for when I wanted to complete my certification and studied hard to get there."

Yoga Instructor
Answer example

"I was teaching private sessions with a student who had cancer. We practiced yin and restorative yoga to help activate the parasympathetic nervous system which helps calm the body and activate the body's natural immune response. After just five sessions, my client shared how he felt more energetic and motivated. It felt really good to be able to help enhance his quality of life and help him have a more positive outlook."

Wildlife Biologist
Answer example

"The achievement I am the most proud of is managing a project involving numerous animals on a very tight deadline (... detailed information pertaining to this project, such as the company name, and so on). As a result, I developed strong time management skills that will undoubtedly enable me to thrive in this role."

Optometry School
Answer example

"The achievement that I am most proud of, so far, was completing my undergrad, top of my class. While maintaining very strong grades, I was also President of our school's Diversity Club, and I spent time volunteering at the local vision drive."

Superintendent
Answer example

"So far, my biggest career achievement has been winning the 'Superintendent of the Year' award in our region. It's an award that you must be nominated for by the school leadership. It really spoke to me that my presence was a positive one and affirmed what I stand for in my career. "

Bailiff
Answer example

"The achievement I am the most proud of is managing a very large project on a very tight deadline (... detailed information pertaining to this project, such as the company name, and so on). As a result, I developed strong time management skills that will undoubtedly enable me to thrive in this role at your company."

Medical School
Answer example

"The achievement that I am most proud of, so far, was completing my undergrad, top of my class. While maintaining very strong grades, I was also President of our school's Diversity Club, and I spent time volunteering at the local children's hospital."

Millwright
Answer example

"My greatest career achievement to date has been how quickly I was promoted to a team lead position in my most recent role. I was given the promotion after just 3 months and was told it was because of my strong leadership skills and level of reliability. That was really special."

Court Clerk
Answer example

"When I enrolled in college to become a court clerk I knew it would take me awhile as I was only able to attend night classes. I gave myself a time frame for school and was realistic about how I would be able to complete the training while working full time. I set a deadline for when I wanted to complete my certification and studied hard to get there."

Writer
Answer example

"I would like to accomplish a few things in my first 90 days. After giving it some thought, I believe the best action I can take is to get to know each member of the marketing team whom I will be supporting. Some people like communication via phone, some in person, and others prefer a quick email. I plan to learn how everyone prefers to communicate. Next, you mentioned that there is a severe backlog on article topics. I would like to fix that for you, first thing."

Surgical Technologist
Answer example

"One of my proudest achievements was to graduate the top of my class in college while working a full time job. It was a lot of long hours and late nights but I am very proud of myself for that accomplishment. Since graduating I have been able to work in a couple of great clinics with excellent references. I am proud of my reputation in the industry as well."

Parole Officer
Answer example

"I am the first person in my family to graduate from college. Knowing that I have come this far setting an example for my younger siblings is a great feeling!"

Territory Sales Manager
Answer example

"One great achievement is a project that I worked on while employed for (X company) as (X position title). The project in question was (X further similar detail regarding the project related to the position you applied for, as per the job posting (such as similar duties)). This is a great achievement of mine as I went above and beyond to ensure the project's success, working tirelessly for several weeks to meet the deadline. It was a very successful project and my employer and client were highly satisfied of the finished product."

Lifeguard
Answer example

"I was very proud when I achieved my first employee of the month award. I had worked hard on completing additional lifeguard emergency response training, so it was nice to get recognition for my hard work."

Physical Therapist Assistant
Answer example

" After months of studying I passed my national licensure examination and became licensed in the state of California on my first try. Not procrastinating and putting my education on the back burner has become my greatest achievement."

Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Answer example

"My greatest achievement to date has been raising money and awareness for a local charity that supports the children of addicted mothers. I facilitated the fundraiser this year, and we raised over $30,000 and received thanks from the city's mayor. It was an honor to have led that initiative."

Dental School
Answer example

"The achievement that I am most proud of, so far, was completing my undergrad, top of my class. While maintaining very strong grades, I was also President of our school's Diversity Club, and I spent time volunteering at the local Smile drive."

Pharmaceutical Sales
Answer example

"My biggest work achievement has been becoming my Jr. Pharmaceutical Sales Representative's mentor."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 08/10/2016
Last modified on: 12/28/2018

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