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What was your greatest accomplishment in your most recent position?

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.

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"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."

Admin

"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!"

Manager

"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

"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."

Retail

"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

"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!"

Teacher

"My greatest accomplishment this year was helping a student with a learning disability pass his grade when everyone thought that he would not. We spend extra time after class for the last half of the year, and I gave him special assignments with small tweaks to account for his challenges. Events like these are hands-down the most important of my teaching career."

Translator

"Generally, I am able to complete 3 to 4 translations per month, though of course that depends entirely on the nature of my projects from one month to the next. If a project requires more research or includes a lengthy text, then I might only complete 1 or 2 per month. If my projects are very familiar, straightforward, or short, then I might finish 5 to 6. My main objective is to put quality over quantity, so I work with each of my clients to adjust timelines and ensure that I get the job done to their satisfaction, even if it takes a little longer."

Structural Engineer

"My greatest accomplishment so far as a structural engineer was studying for and passing the S.E. exam. It is such a grueling process preparing for the test, and the exam itself is no joke. I was so elated when I found out I had passed."

Apartment Leasing Agent

"I put together quarterly market reports for my clients and collect information from local real-estate reports. I analyze the data from our agency's properties, and I have a couple of bankers that I talk to regarding mortgage rates and average rental pricing. It's essential to me that I am knowledgable on the types of residential properties up and coming as well. This well-rounded view helps me to serve my clients best."

Medical Transcriptionist

"I'm comfortable in either setting, really. I enjoy working from home because I can multi-task and do some household chores throughout the day. I also enjoy an office setting because there are less distractions."

Anesthesiologist Assistant

"When I first started my current position, I was surprised to find a lack of documentation and procedures for some important processes for the anesthesiologist assistants. While the required documentation and procedures to satisfy regulatory and licensing requirements were in place, others were not, and there was a bit of chaos within the AA team because of it. Because I felt so strongly about these procedures, which were so helpful at prior facilities in which I worked, I began working with the quality nurse to spearhead the development and implementation of these procedures. Although there was some resistance at first, once everyone started following the procedures, the department started running much more smoothly. And actually, because of the initiative I took on making the changes, I received a promotion to AA supervisor."

Art Director

"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."

Writer

"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 within a multi-disciplinary team of creatives as well."

Sous Chef

"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."

Engineer

"My greatest accomplishment was a couple years ago when I was just starting out in my current position. We were short on employees, so I was assigned to be a primary contact for a client, even though I was just getting to know the fields of Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) requirements and Identity and Access Management myself. After the project was completed, the client specifically called me out for my patience and thoroughness in helping them understand software which they had already purchased. I consider this to be my greatest accomplishment because I was able to quickly translate information that was new to me into something that actually helped the client."

Application Developer

"After I have developed an application, I use it as though I am an end-user who is interacting with the software for the first time. I document the steps a user will take to access, interact with, use and close the application. I then create documentation describing these steps, which is included in the help section of the application. I then provide steps the user can take if the software doesn't perform as it should or if they encounter other issues. Finally, I use meta descriptions and keywords to create a context-sensitive index and search feature for the help information. "

Allergist

"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."

Wedding Photographer

"I have a team of 2 additional individuals that provide support with photography and even videography when requested. I will coordinate with you throughout the planning and decision-making process, and I will disseminate that information to my team and assign them to various components of the event. In the event of an emergency, they will step in to execute your shot list and vision."

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