If you haven’t even been in the game long enough to have a “greatest achievement,” how do you go about figuring out what’s a good answer? Employers are trying to assess character as well as accomplishments with this question, so that even if you don’t have a huge history behind you, there are plenty of good ways to answer this question.
Keep It Simple and Honest
Don’t go overboard trying to invent a “greatest achievement” where there is none. Just pick something meaningful in your life to land the entry level job. You can always impress your boss further once you are on the fresh graduate job.
List Any Achievement Relevant to the Current Job Opening
You may have won a scholarship to cooking school, but if those skills don’t transfer to the new grad jobs you’re seeking, then don’t mention it. On the other hand, if you graduated with honors and got to work with some pretty classy people on special projects that widened your skills or produced concrete results, that’s the time to open up.
Talk About Overcoming a Difficult Challenge
Whether it was dealing with your autistic brother or sister, which inspired you to take up a teaching profession or passing the bar exam after failing it a time or two. These types of accomplishments show character traits like empathy, perseverance, integrity, and authenticity.
Be Focused on the Future
After you’ve discussed a present achievement, make sure the employer knows that you believe your greatest achievement is in your future, not your past. This will show that you want to make a contribution in the world and are eager to get started.
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