Aug 06, 2018 - 12:37 AM
Prepare a story about a time you had a project where the basic goal was clear. Next, you want to discuss how you found an opportunity to go beyond the initial goal to do something even more advantageous for the company. At the end of the story, you want to explain the outcome. Talk about how going above and beyond proved to be more beneficial.
This question is common for entry-level positions, and the example you give does not have to be particularly profound. You can talk about something simple you did at an internship that proved to be advantageous. You should never say how you tend to do the bare minimum but will go out of your way if you will receive extra compensation.
Apr 05, 2019 - 12:36 PM
It's not unusual to be asked this question during the interview process, as employers are looking for insight that demonstrates the quality of your work and character. They are probably less concerned with the specific example and really more tuned in to your level of self-confidence, as well as how you talk about yourself, and how you discuss the force behind your actions.
Say you decide to talk about a project you worked on concerning customer satisfaction. Instead of just asking three customers what they thought of a new dining option, you interviewed dozens of people over a three-day period at different dining times. "I delivered five times the number of comments my boss wanted, and that gave a much clearer picture of what customers actually liked and didn't like. I felt like it helped us as an organization make a decision that was the best option without overspending or wasting time on something that might not work."