Job interview question and answer: What accomplishments are you most proud of?

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This is your chance to let the employer know about some of your proudest achievements, and what you choose will reveal a lot about your values and what gives you satisfaction. You can nominate work achievements, but don’t limit yourself – personal achievements can be just as important.

For some, proudest accomplishments may be things like awards from work or school, sporting medals or having been dux at school. Or maybe it could be a particularly challenging project at work which you managed to complete, or having increased your company’s revenue or improved its systems, making you feel that you had made a valuable contribution.

Others may take pride in more personal things, such as having raised healthy and happy children or having completed an as yet unpublished novel. It really doesn’t matter what you choose, as long as you can explain why it gives you a sense of satisfaction and pride in what you have done.

The accomplishments you’re most proud of will tell your interviewer about what’s important to you and therefore what kind of environment you will thrive in. Some people need public recognition for their achievements, while for others it’s more about setting and fulfilling personal goals and standards. Whatever it is, it's important that you demonstrate the high standards you set for yourself. Companies generally like high achievers who are driven by a personal drive to excel, rather than motivated by outward glory. 

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