When you get asked what you are most proud of, the hiring manager is trying to get a sense of what makes you tick. The way you answer this question shows what you value, where you find satisfaction and can let them know if you will be a good fit in their company. What you find important shows them the kind of environment you will do well in. Their job is to figure out if you’ll do well in their company’s environment, so they ask a lot of questions that will help them learn more about you. Many companies look for self-motivated individuals who will push themselves towards success rather than need to be pushed.
Points to Emphasize
You know that the interviewer is trying to figure out what motivates you, so there are a few key traits that you want to make sure to touch on.
- Try to focus on experiences and traits that can tie into the position you are applying for.
- Talk about what led you to the moment that made you so proud.
- Discuss what you did after this moment of success.
- Give details about how you plan to achieve this pride again.
Letting the interviewer know that you strive to have proud moments again will show that you have goals for yourself.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
If you do research about the company’s environment, you’ll know what topics you should not bring up.
- Don’t mention personal stories unless you can tie them into the position you are applying for.
- Beware of making it sound like you had this moment of pride and now you’re happy to just keep your success where you are now.
- Do not forget to talk about the goals that this moment helped you realize.
- Don’t forget that successful moments aren’t always the ones that you get medals for.
Tell your stories in positive ways to help the hiring manager see the best side of you.
Here is an example of how an answer to this question might go:
I am most proud of how I improved Company 123’s filing systems. The filing system that had been in place was sloppy and out of date. It took a bit of research for me to get a plan in place that would work, but once the plan was made the implementation went smoothly. It felt really gratifying to see my hard work put to good use. It taught me that with a little bit of planning I can reach all of my goals.
Help the interviewer find out a lot about you by telling the best story that you can.