When faced with this question in an interview, it’s not enough just to mention that you were responsible for a particular task; employers want to know that you excelled at it.
It’s also not enough to merely recite your relevant areas of expertise; you will want to share examples of success stories from your work experience.
As you prepare your answer to this question, identify skills in which you excel — far above the performance level of most people — and think of results-based examples most relevant to the job for which you are interviewing.
The easier you make it for the interviewer to envision you using these skills in the future to achieve the same positive results you did for a past employer, the closer you are to securing a job offer.
Here are key elements to include in your answer:
- The full context of the situation, including a description of the company to which you contributed the accomplishment and the scope of your position within the organization.
- The major challenge(s) you faced and how you handled it/them, including any key decisions you made.
- The support and resources available to you in achieving the goal.
- The team members involved and the reporting structure. Be sure to highlight any examples of initiative or leadership you exhibited in motivating others to do their best work.
- Your role in achieving the result.
- The results of your efforts and how they helped your employer.
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