The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of setting goals and reaching them. The person who aims to achieve more and more every day is the exact person that every manager wants to hire! Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to reach a career related goal that seemed impossible. Or, share a time when you received an award, and talk about the most challenging parts of achieving that award. Highlight your determination and focus.
"My company has a President's Club for all top sales reps. When you reach PC level, you earn a trip to Mexico! Last year I told myself that I was going to reach the President's Club level, no matter what it took. I worked an average of 50 hours per week, I doubled my cold calling numbers, and utilized areas of our Salesforce program that most people in our company don't even know. Mixing my strong determination with sound technical skills, and willingness to push through, I made it! I was proud of this achievement."
"I recently earned my Degree in Business Administration while working full time. This goal I set for myself so that I could readily earn an Executive Assistant position like this one."
"After recently hiring an entirely new team of people to roll out a critical project, I realized they needed to learn to work together. I created a leadership training program and cross-functional work group sessions to bring this team closer at an accelerated pace. It was a challenge to schedule and break the ice early, but we did it well."
"I am proud of the fact that I started this marketing career from scratch. My background is in service and sales, but I knew I needed something different and wanted to utilize my creative mind, so I leaped out on my own. The last two positions I landed because of creativity, perseverance, and hard work, which is the best way to get anything in life."
"I am proud to have won an award for highest sales in my district. My ability to analyze market trends and engage customers are the two skills I attribute this honor to the most."
"I'm proud of the fact that I was promoted the fastest in the organization's 5-year history, and followed that up by setting another record in fastest promotion to deal closed. When I took this position, I set the goal for promotion within twelve months. I was able to achieve that within six months. As you can see, I set lofty goals for myself and am sure to create milestones and check-ins with managers to ensure I'm hitting the targets along the way to achieve those goals."
"I am proud of having been chosen to be a mentor to new hires in the department. I think I've informally mentored and exhibited leadership since day one, and to be recognized for being a great teacher and being able to train and shape the new additions to the department is an awesome pat on the back."
"My company has a President's Club for all top sales reps. When you reach PC level, you earn a trip to Mexico! Last year I told myself that I was going to reach the President's Club level, no matter what it took. I worked an average of 50 hours per week, I doubled my cold calling numbers, and utilized areas of our SalesForce program that most people in our company don't even know about. Mixing my strong determination with sound technical skills, and willingness to push through, I made it! I was really proud of this achievement."
"Last year, I earned the Denver Police Medal of Honor for my actions while stopping a bank robbery. I was surprised by this honor and also humbled. I believe that my bravery was part of what earned me the reward, but also my ability to react quickly under pressure."
"The accomplishment 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 project and time management skills that will undoubtedly enable me to thrive in this role at your company."
"I completed my Master's degree while working full time and taking care of my kids."