Showing your best self in that all-important interview doesn't have to be headache inducing. Answering questions like "describe the most rewarding experience of your career thus far" becomes easier when you understand the motive behind the question.
When asking this question, the interviewer isn't necessarily just looking for your latest self-centered triumph. They ask this question to find out more about your work style, what you value in terms of career and your overall personality. This opportunity is a great way to share what's important to you in the workplace and the skills that you had to use to achieve it.
Points to Emphasize
Responding to this question allows you to showcase your talents and abilities while sharing a career experience that was both personal and valuable to you.
- Remember that employers are looking for coworkers who believe in team work when choosing an experience to share.
- Try to impart an experience that relates to the company's core functions and values.
- Make sure your triumph reflects positively on yourself and the company.
- Talk about specific details in relation to how the rewarding event came about.
Overall, sharing something in your career that was extremely satisfying should be done in a confident, open manner. This communicates to the hiring manager that you are assured of yourself and other members of your team.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
The last thing you want to do in an interview is to trip up with common pitfalls that can easily be avoided.
- Don't get wrapped up in a bragging moment and come off as arrogant.
- Don't forget to choose an experience that displays your leadership skills.
- Don't take all of the credit for your rewarding experience; include others who may have had a part.
- Never stretch the truth to be something that it's not; interviewers are usually able to tell and it could cost you the job.
With these customary mistakes being sidestepped, you'll sail right on through your interview to the top of your interviewer's list.
An excellent example of how this question could be answered would go something like this:
This past year at my firm started out as a disappointment with low numbers and even lower morale. I was asked to head up a team of my coworkers and we were able to effectively bring up our sales and boost the spirits of our company turning last year into our biggest year yet! I was humbled to be asked to confidently lead this special team and learned many things about being a great manager.
Don't forget that this is another opportunity to showcase your skills.