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Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What skills did you use to achieve this goal?

1 of 25 Competency Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on January 8th, 2019 | 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

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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."

Sales
Answer example

"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."

Teacher
Answer example

"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."

Dishwasher
Answer example

"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."

FBI
Answer example

"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."

Landscape Architect
Answer example

"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."

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Answer example

"I completed my Master's degree while working full time and taking care of my kids."

Parole Officer
Answer example

"I have had a lot of fun receiving honors in my life and professional career so far! While receiving my education, I developed a reputation in the debate club and received many honors. I have been awarded certificates of honors for investigative casework done in criminal court work and have been recognized by communities for positive transition rates of previous serving criminals into the community."

Bacteriologist
Answer example

"The accomplishment that I am most proud of was my ability to graduate the top student in my class. While attending school, I was also working and caring for my younger sister. I had a lot on my plate. Not only did I graduate top of my class but I am also the first female in my family to complete post-secondary education."

Writer
Answer example

"I recently submitted a short story to the Imaginary Fiction Writers' Association and earned second place out of over 2,000 submissions. The story I submitted addressed essential issues related to gentrification but offered a comedic twist. I am very proud of this story and included it in my application to your agency."

Addiction Nurse
Answer example

"It is unfortunate that situations like this ever occur. However, when they do, patient safety and concerns should always be acknowledged. If a patient presented a complaint to me, I would notify my immediate supervisor and give him whatever information I have so that he can investigate the validity of any allegations and act accordingly."

Urologists
Answer example

"My colleagues will tell you that I am a team player and that I am someone they feel comfortable coming to when they need an extra hand or someone to talk to."

Surgical First Assistant
Answer example

"I have never had a situation when I felt like I couldn't participate in a surgery. If a situation were to arise where I felt uncomfortable or unprepared, I would talk with a supervisor immediately, and explain my feelings and ask if it is possible to have someone else assigned as the first assistant."

TSA Screener
Answer example

"I am most proud of graduating from college. I am the first person in my immediate family to graduate from a 4-year university, and it means a lot to me knowing that I stuck with it and achieved that degree!"

Voice Writing Reporter
Answer example

"I am most proud of my transcribing of the biggest court case of the year. My writing was pertinent for the entire country to know what happened in court and because of that, I am extremely confident in my skills to tackle any kind of transcription necessary."

Video Producer
Answer example

"One 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."

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.
First written on: 08/10/2016
Last modified on: 01/08/2019

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