Hiring authorities are very focused on numbers, percentages, and results. Chances are if you are in for an interview, you highlighted a few successes on your resume that the hiring manager could not resist. Take the time to walk the interviewer through your proudest accomplishment. Extra points if you can include some concrete numbers when discussing the results of your actions.
Admin answer example
"There was a lot of disorganization in the accounts receivable department when I first joined, and the outstanding client accounts were unbelievable! I got to work right away, issuing past-due invoices and sending pre-collection notices to accounts past 90 days arrears. In just 90 days I was able to recover almost $60,000 for the company. The business owner was thrilled!"
Allergist answer example
"I have several notable accomplishments in my career. Probably the most notable accomplishment was my clinical research of pediatric food allergies. I developed a more accurate diagnostic testing for food allergies and food allergy immunotherapy."
Anesthesiologist Assistant answer example
"In my career, so far, I feel that the most difficult accomplishment for me to achieve were the two back-to-back promotions in my current facility. Because promotions are granted based on results, and education, I had to put in a lot of overtime hours, and hustle, to get there."
Art Director answer example
"Show the interviewer when you were presented with a situation that you never had before and you excelled at it.
Example:"During a project pitch to one of my potential clients, I was told that I would be designing blogs and websites for two local businesses. However, after the presentation, the client approached me and ask me to work on eight local business instead. While I was ecstatic about getting more projects, I was also a bit worried because I was not prepared for it in the least. However, I assembled my team of four graphic designers and two illustrators and put them on a deadline schedule. I was able to complete the project within three weeks, one week short of the due date. I took the extra time to edit and double check my work."
Bacteriology Technician answer example
"This question provides helpful insight into your ability to evaluate your own performance and your ability to perform above and beyond normal expectations. First, state your accomplishment. Then tell the story of how that accomplishment was achieved and your role in making it happen. If you were part of a team, describe how your interactions with teammates helped in the achievement of the goal."
Basic answer example
"My greatest accomplishment in my current position was when I delivered a perfect inventory count for the first time in company history! The business has been around for seven years, and they have never seen a completely perfect inventory count. I implemented a new system and software which attributed to the success. Normally, our count was off by about 8%, but I managed to bring that number to zero."
Manager answer example
"Since joining my company in 2015, staff retention has improved by a whopping 30%. I attribute this success to my managerial style which is hands-on with an open door policy. I encourage participation in meetings by asking for their ideas on our operational standards which everyone seems to appreciate."
Marketing answer example
"One fact that I am very proud of is that I have grown our department by $2M since becoming the head of marketing. These results are due to my ability to introduce new clients to the business. In addition to marketing, my business development skills are also on point."
Medical Transcriptionist answer example
"One of my greatest accomplishments was acting as the shift supervisor while my supervisor was out on maternity leave for 4 months. I volunteered for the role, successfully led my co-workers and everything ran smoothly. My boss complimented me for my success and awarded me with the employee of the month as well as a monetary award."
Retail answer example
"After being promoted to the assistant manager, we have seen a great improvement in productivity and sales have increased by at least 5% month over month. I believe this is because I am more hands-on with training and our new hires come onto the floor with better customer service skills."
Sales answer example
"I won President's Club last year and was the highest in my entire company, out of 159 sales representatives, when it came to new territory growth and upselling ratios. My sales target for the year was $1.5M, and I finished at $2.2. I am incredibly proud of this achievement. I worked so hard, and many hours of overtime to get there. My reward was a company paid vacation to Mexico!"
Sous Chef answer example
"My greatest accomplishment as a sous chef was gaining the opportunity to train briefly under Anthony Bourdain. This experience really boosted my passion for food again, and I was able to learn so much."
Writer answer example
"My greatest accomplishment to date was writing a series of textbooks with a team. I am so proud of it because it took years to complete and we spent much time researching and making it the best we could. I learned a lot from working with a team."