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Job Interview Questions and Answers - "Describe Your Greatest Achievement"

April 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 744

Job interview questions like "describe your greatest achievement" give you the opportunity to provide an answer that truly showcases your expertise, experience, knowledge and skills.

These types of interview questions give you the leverage to legitimately brag about what you are capable of doing and demonstrate why you are the best applicant for the job.

Most job seekers are prepared for some variation of this question but don't take a strategic approach to answering this question. For example, they are usually ready to answer this question with one of their many accomplishments but rarely do they take the time to make sure it's a relevant example.

Here are a few tips to ensure your answer to this question has the greatest impact in the job interview.

First, be sure you have reviewed the job description thoroughly to get a clear understanding of what your job responsibilities are going to be. You have to know the job inside out so you know what type of "achievements" they will be most impressed by.

Next, make a list of your past accomplishments and achievements. Now, which ones do you believe they would be most interested in hearing about? If you are interviewing for a job that requires client interaction, you may want to pick one of your accomplishments where you provided outstanding customer service to a major client that resulted in you getting an award.

Be sure to prepare a detailed story and example in advance that you can use in the job interview to describe your achievement in a compelling and interesting way that would get them excited to hire you for the job.

Finally, finish off your answer with a statement that brings focus to what you can do for them if they hired you for the job. You see, your greatest achievement isn't just about what you have accomplished in the past.

You should position it as a preview of what you can do in the future. Once you have demonstrated your potential, you should be ready to say "when you hire me for this job, I will be able to accomplish the same thing in this role by..."

Think about it, if you can achieve these results in your previous jobs, what Hiring Manager wouldn't want to bring you on to accomplish a similar result in their company? Exactly.

Job interview answers must be strategic so you can position yourself ahead of everyone else.

By the way, do you want advanced strategies on how to answer ANY job interview question confidently with ease and clarity? If so, click here for my free video course: Free Job Interview Strategies

Or download a free copy of my ebook "Irresistible Interviews: The Secret To Transform Yourself Into The Confident, Capable And Credible Job Seeker That Every Hiring Manager Is Desperately Looking For!" here: Free Job Interview Secrets Ebook

Adwoa M. Jones is a former HR Manager and Founder of Crystal Clear Interviews, the #1 Job Interview Coaching Program teaching talented professional women how to get hired...in ANY job interview...in ANY economy!

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