The research has been done. The results are in. There’s only one interview question that matters — so you better have a good answer for it. Are you ready? Here it is:
What single project or task would you consider your most significant accomplishment in your career to date?
So, what’s your answer? Did something immediately pop into you head? Did multiple examples fill your brain? Or did nothing come to mind? There’s a reason why interviewers love to ask this question. It can spawn dozens of follow-up questions, which is why you better have a well-thought out answer. You could be talking about this topic for another 20 minutes so your story has to be good.
When deciding on which example you should give, think about all aspects of the project. Why were you the perfect fit for this project? How did you succeed? Where did you fail? How did you grow during this project? How did it affect the company’s bottom line? What did you learn from it? Every interviewee ought to have one solid example of a career achievement where they can really go in-depth into the details. If you don’t have one, perhaps it’s time to create one.
If you still currently hold a job, raise your hand for a new project or pitch an idea to your manager. If you’re currently between positions, volunteer for a local organization or start freelancing a passion project for a local business. It’s never too late to create career success. Your accomplishments are in your hands.
Get into the mind of a recruiter and see exactly what follow-up questions you can expect over at Inc Magazine.