Today’s job market is full of many qualified and educated candidates aiming for a place in the work sector. If you are fortunate enough to land an interview, you really should practice responding to some questions. One that you may be asked is, “ What is your greatest achievement outside of work”
You may be wondering how this applies to an interview, but hiring managers ask it to inquire about your passions outside of work and what you value.
Points to Emphasize
Your answer to this question needs to remain professional but show what else inspires you beyond your employment. Choosing something that you are truly proud of will be reflected in your voice and emotions as well. Additionally, make sure that you:
- Choose a recent achievement within in the last 3 to 5 years.
- Relate your achievement to the job you are applying to.
- Be specific in the goal you attained.
- Showcase certificates or awards you received in another sector.
Remember that this is your time to shine, so remain positive, sit up straight in your chair and feel free to tell how hard you worked to earn your accomplishment.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
While your interviewer wants to learn about your interests and goals outside of work, there are several ways not to answer this question. Remember to never:
- Tell how you earned your achievement by hurting someone else.
- Brag about your high school awards.
- Focus on the negative aspects that drove you to achieve your goal.
- Get too personal and share something that makes you uncomfortable.
Always keep in mind that this question is not a time to sit back and recall all the times you earned an A+ on your college essays, but rather sharing a specific achievement.
Everyone will have his or her different accomplishments, but one way to answer the question could be:
“Last year I decided to train for my hometown’s marathon. I had hardly ever worked out a gym before, so this was a big change for me! However, by disciplining myself, learning about nutrition and fitness and training with my co-worker I learned that I can achieve anything I set my mind to.”
Notice how this answer is about an achievement outside of work but the factors of discipline, working together and being driven can be linked to any job. Remember, your interview is your chance to shine and share your other skills.