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What do you consider your most incredible achievement?

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Interview question;

As a student, how should I answer this question ?

Can I talk about a group project (academic related) ?
or
Should I talk about something from my volunteer/paid work?

What are some typical answers to this question? What do interviewers really want to know?

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Dhairya’s Answer

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Hi Cindy,
Great question and good job being proactive with interview preparation. The goal of this question is really to give the interviewer an opportunity to learn more about you. You should feel free to talk any experience you're proud of (group project, internship, sports etc). There really is no wrong answer.

What's more important is how you frame your answer. After you've selected an experience, think about the qualities and traits you want to showcase.

Here some aspects you may want to highlight in your story:
Passion
- why is this achievement so special to you? is it something you are passionate and excited about?

Overcoming challenges and adversity
- Were there any challenges you faced? How did you overcome it?
- Did you ask for help?
- Were you resourceful, if so how?

Problem solving
- Did you come up with a creative solution? What was it and why was it unique?
- Did you research and find the right answer?
- Did you experiment and iteratively find an answer/solution?

Organization and Execution
- How did you organize yourself? Did you make a plan and execute against it?
- If it was a group effort, did you create deadline, milestones and a plan for success?

Communication and Collaboration
- Did you ask others for help?
- Did you work with others? How did you communicate and make sure everyone was on the same page.

Hopefully that's a useful staring point. There honestly is not right or typical answer. This an opportunity to showcase the best version of you. Be honest and provide details about why you are so proud of it.

Feel free to reply if you have a particular story in mind and would like to get additional feedback on how to best tell it. Good luck!
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Krasti’s Answer

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This is a great question but can sometimes be intimidating to answer. You can use any example that had an impact in your life. It is not so much about the example you choose to talk about, but more about what you learned from the experience. You want to focus on answering WHY and HOW that particular event had such an impact in your life that it is considered your biggest achievement. Employers are mostly concerned about what were the challenges that you faced and how did you overcome those challenges. While they may not be a real "work" event, the skills that you demonstrate could easily be applicable in the workplace.
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Adam’s Answer

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Be brutally honest! Use either Paid or Unpaid experience.

Then, tell them WHY it was important.

If you start on the habit "tell them what they want to hear", you will likely be hiding and posturing forever. We need you to be honest. If you have no proud accomplishments, change what you're doing and change that.

It's just another way of asking "What is actually important to you?".
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Joe’s Answer

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I would outline a couple of professional and a couple of personal achievements that were/are significant in my life. Keep the answer simple, concise, and factual. I advocate identifying the main bullet point (the achievement) and three supporting bullet points (supporting) and practice, practice, practice.
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Michal’s Answer

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The responses above are great. I would add that any interview questions related to your experience could use the STAR method to highlight your accomplishments:

The STAR Method
Situation/Task
Action
Results

Consider the following questions:

• What situation or tasks did I face?
• What action did I take to solve the problem?
• What result/s did I achieve?

This would definitely help you with your resume.

Good luck!
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Fiona’s Answer

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Usually key achievements that are a bit different – e.g. do you have extra curricular activities that are unique? Done a particular project that made headlines? Any interesting volunteering experiences?
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