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What is your greatest achievement so far?

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By: Rachelle Enns

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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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."

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Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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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