Congratulations, you have 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; 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 the aspect of your life you consider professional. 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?

Result Responses relay that you base your accomplishments on the endgame. Thus, it is not about the twists and turns of getting there, it’s all about that final product.

While Skill Responses is similar to the result response, it has a stronger focus on how this worker’s skills helped achieve a superior overall product. You can also think-up ways you have contributed to the team by a unique skillset you have or sneakily inserting a method known as ‘thinking outside the box’.

Lastly, the Value Base is how you measure yourself-up. Such as your ethics, follower of the rules, living higher than stander. An achievement might be something such as standing-up for a person in the office or not following the crowd in another.

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 a hillbilly, rather, someone who has multiple layers. Don’t forget to be concise with your responses by using specific details and not rambling. 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.

Effective communication

A good way to effectively transmit your thoughts to your interviewer is by using the STAR Method. If you don’t fully understand what that is, begin practising it on our main website or click here for a sample question. Furthermore, by practising, your rambling will be cut down, along with the ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’.

Don’t forget to not simply state what you’ve done such as, ‘I made employee of the year!’ but tell your interview how you accomplished this. 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 wrap-up 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 likely be asked. Remember, any answer will be transferred to the 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 relevance to achieving anything.

So long as you steer clear of these mistakes, you will likely come out on top of slush interview pile.

Hopefully, after this article you feel more relaxed and are not currently sweating like an iguana, asking yourself, ‘What is my proudest achievement?!!’ Remember that if you are asked this question, it is a major bonus that can easily win you some brownie points. Again, 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 a time machine and remember just how you survived this long in the work force. Good luck!