Aug 18, 2018 - 03:59 AM
This is a behavioral interview question, and the hiring manager wants to really know what sets you apart from all the other applicants. You should discuss an accomplishment at a previous place of employment and bring up what skills you possess, which helped you achieve this goal. You should absolutely mention if you received any assistance from coworkers because this shows you work well in a team and can give credit when credit is due.
You should ideally discuss skills that will come in handy at the job you want now. This is also an opportunity for you to show what you value in a career. Based on your response, the employer will know whether you can handle hard work and persistence. Your story should also show you can handle obstacles and overcome them.
Mar 22, 2019 - 11:22 AM
Do not make it sound like there's nothing you’re really proud of if you are asked this question in an interview. You can avoid this by prepping an answer in advance of your interview, as this is a rather common interview question. It's also important to not be overly boastful when describing your proudest achievement—you don't want to come off as sounding arrogant.
Here's an example of how to describe a proud achievement: "My proudest achievement was helping a colleague learn a new software program from top to bottom. She was incredibly intimidated at first, but I took it step by step, and laid out thorough direction in a Word document, and before long she was able to learn everything she needed. This experience helped me realize how much I love tech education and teaching. My other teammates also jumped in and offered her advice and insight. In the end, it was so heartening to see us all pull together to help someone learn. Whenever I teach a new technology to someone, I’m always reminded of the rush I got from this experience."
Tooting your own horn in an interview can feel weird at first, but it's incredibly important to get comfortable with talking about yourself and your achievements in a positive, non-boastful manner. Doing so will help an interviewer get a better feel for who you are, how you work, and what matters most to you.