Dig deep into your subconscious – what are you truly proud of? Being a part of TheGrad will allow you to self-reflect on where you are at now and where it is you want to go. One of the most important questions you will answer during an interview will be focused on knowing your biggest accomplishments to date, which sounds easy but is a lot harder than most think. For example, being honest and finding pride in oneself is difficult as the human nature tends to be very self-critical. For most, it is a lot easier for a person to find the faults and negatives in a situation than it is to be optimistic and positive. So, why not try and change that?
A key to success during an interview, as we have highlighted, is being able to state accomplishments clearly and fluently. A question that may be asked is: “Tell me about an accomplishment that you’re most proud of” and you will need to be able to confidently respond in a way that puts you under the best possible light. It is okay to show off and express what matters most to you, if anything, it is highly impressive.
When you go along to an interview make sure that you go prepared with at least one example of your accomplishments and use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to go into depth about your experience. Remembering this word will help you to flow your ideas and hopefully release some of the pressure you may be under.
But how exactly do you dissect and understand STAR?
Summarise the Situation
Think about something you’re really proud of achieving. What have you done that really shocked and surprised you? What pushed and challenged you beyond beliefs? It is likely to be during one of those moments where you grew in strength and achieved something magnificent. Start by talking about the events that led up to the pinnacle moment and elaborate from there.
Talk about the Task
Outline the task itself by focusing on the specific thing that you helped to do. For example, it could be motivating your team or staying with a teammate who really struggled in a particular area. Don’t generalise your accomplishment, instead give precise details.
Explain the Action taken
After explaining the specific task, you achieved and endured, it’s now about explaining the exact action you took. What steps did you take that led you to achieve an accomplishment? It may be a good idea to use one or two examples to back up your answer and demonstrate how they added worthy value to the situation.
Highlight the Results
Make sure that you end with focusing on the successful outcome. The steps and action are both important but the outcome is what really shows the impact you created. The outcome should be the part where you really show how proud you are, through your words, enthusiasm and body language. Don’t hold back…radiate your light, radiate your energy.
Why not excel your accomplishments by applying for a new job or internship through TheGrad today? Increase your chances of getting employed by building on your skills and create the future you want.