Congratulations you have just hit dirt! You are currently being asked to BRAG about your accomplishments! This is the time. This is the place. This is the hour to begin to relay EVERY detail of your LIFE to the interviewer. You can tell him how wonderful you are at raising kids and about how your trophy wife is not simply beautiful but also can cook, you can … WRONG! Your interviewer does not care about you. Your interviewer is much more interested in that aspect of your life you consider professional. But, with this in mind, where does one start? Typically, people answer with result achievements, skilled or value-based developments. But what does that actually mean?
It’s best to use each of these topics to share your strengths. By taking from each of them, you are able to show your interviewer that you are not some hillbilly, rather, someone who has multiple layers. Don’t forget to be concise with your responses, use specific details and don’t ramble. You want to quickly relay your thoughts then move onto the next topic. But again, don’t move on too quickly. This is your chance to truly sell yourself, admitting how wonderful of a worker you are and how the company would be dazzled to have you on board.
A good way to effectively transmit your thoughts to your interviewer is using the STAR Method. If you don’t fully understand what that is, begin to practise it on our main website or click here for an example question and answer on our blog website. Another simplistic tip to mention is to practise. It’s so critical to practise. By pracising your rambling will be cut down, along with the ‘umming’.
Don’t forget to not simply state what you’ve done such as, ‘I made employee of the year!’ tell your interview why. What made your employer choose you over Jack the Ripper? (He’s likely better at knives than you anyway. Or at least we can hope as much ….)
Be sure to self-wrap at least 3-5 answers with a nice bow on top. Release the ‘gifts’ according to the job that you are applying for. For example, if you have this thrilling story about how you stopped a rather confused toilet from pretending to be a waterfall, don’t use it for your coding job interview, rather, use it if you are applying for a mechanical or plumbing job.
Remember that your response is important. It will show the interviewer what you truly value.
Do you value personal achievements? Do you feel accomplished by assisting others in a group effort? Are you a good team player? What makes you tick? What motivates you to complete your task? What do YOU consider important? These questions plus more will be answered by your response to the original question and will be transferred to your interviewer by secret beta waves that enter the space time continuum for further investigation for your candidacy of the position you hope to acquire.
Is it over yet?
After responding to the question, do not expect that this is it. This is not a time to hop away like a kangaroo after pridefully damaging a car; it’s a time when the interviewer may just ask you a few additional questions to better grasp what kind of person you are.
Below are a few common errors that you should attempt to avoid:
- Talking about skills that are irrelevant to the position you are applying for.
- Forgetting to add why you consider this your proudest moment.
- Using examples that portray you as arrogant.
- Explaining a long story that has no relevant to achieving anything.
So long as you steer clear of these mistakes, you will likely come out on top of slush interview pile.
Let’s take a moment to back track and quickly reflect. Although you may be sweating like an iguana, a question such as, ‘What is your proudest achievement?’ is a major bonus where you can win many brownie points. This is your chance to quickly sum-up a few great professional situations you’ve gotten yourself into and pridefully display how you saved the day!
Need help coming up with situations? Go down memory lane by taking a few SJT tests on jobtestprep.co.uk Here you can revisit the past without the time machine and remember just how you survived this long in the working force. Good luck!