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  • Hi, I'm Aimee Bateman from Career Cake TV.

  • Now, I've been speaking to the fabulous guys over at

  • Firebrand Talent Set.

  • And we wanted to create a video that would really add

  • value to job seekers who were going for interviews.

  • So we're going to talk about my favorite interview

  • question, which is tell me about your biggest

  • achievement.

  • OK, so some career coaches and recuiters might advise you to

  • pick something from your professional life.

  • However, unless the interviewer tells you to do

  • that, I think it's absolutely fine to pick an achievement

  • from your personal life.

  • Some of the best answers I've ever had have been personal

  • achievements.

  • Now the reason is that it's really important that you pick

  • something that's genuine to you-- something that you're

  • really, really proud of.

  • Because when you start telling a story like that, you'll

  • still reliving all of the emotion that you

  • felt during that time.

  • You'll probably get a big smile on your face.

  • You'll probably sit up in your chair.

  • Your energy levels will rise, and you'll become more

  • engaging with the interviewer.

  • The way that you make that interviewer feel through body

  • language is also just as important

  • as what you're saying.

  • People remember the way you make them feel sometimes more

  • than when you actually say to them.

  • So as long as you're really genuine and passionate about

  • what you're talking about, that should be great.

  • Great answer.

  • However, keep the benefit in mind.

  • So we're having this interview, and we're probably

  • getting on great, but I'm always thinking about what's

  • the benefit to me?

  • What's the benefit to the job that you are applying for.

  • So if you are going to pick something from your

  • professional life, say, maybe, talk about

  • your leadership skills.

  • You were manager of the year.

  • That's brilliant.

  • And I suppose I get that benefit.

  • But if you tell me about something from your personal

  • life, the benefit might not be as obvious.

  • So make sure that if you tell me, maybe you've run a

  • marathon, tell me the benefit to me.

  • So that's when you would come in and say, well, everything I

  • put my mind to, I achieve.

  • I'm really self-motivated.

  • I don't like failing.

  • And that's the benefit, then, to me.

  • So just keep that in mind.

  • I would also say, keep it quite recent.

  • I remember asking a lady that was probably about 35, asked

  • her this question, and she told me her greatest

  • achievement was moving away to university,

  • moving away from home.

  • And yes, that was an achievement for me as well.

  • But I was thinking it was probably about 15 years ago.

  • And I'm looking for something more recent.

  • Also, this is going to sound quite harsh, and I don't mean

  • to sound harsh, but be careful not to become a victim during

  • this answer.

  • I know that sometimes people can focus on the negative

  • nitty-gritty of the situation they overcame, rather than the

  • positive of the actual achievement.

  • So just be really aware of that.

  • And don't make it too personal.

  • I know that sometimes people can talk about, maybe, an

  • achievement is getting through a really messy divorce and

  • standing on your own two feet or getting over an illness--

  • all really, really great achievements.

  • I get that.

  • But just remember that certain people are more judgmental

  • than others.

  • And you just have to keep it really, really professional

  • and positive, really upbeat.

  • And my favorite ever answer to this was the chap that told me

  • his achievement-- that he sold the benefit back to the job he

  • was applying for, but then tell he told me that he felt

  • his greatest achievement was yet to come.

  • He hoped it would be yet to come.

  • And I loved that.

  • Absolutely loved it because that told me that he's one of

  • those guys that just wants to always go out and better

  • himself, always wants to achieve more

  • tomorrow than he did today.

  • And that's a great mentality to have when somebody's

  • recruiting into their team.

  • So hopefully that's added some value.

  • If you want to look at some more of my videos and get some

  • advice, this is my website.

  • Or if you want to go and catch up with the guys over at

  • Firebrand Talent Set, this is their website.

  • Thank you very much for watching.

  • Good luck with those interviews, and take care.

Hi, I'm Aimee Bateman from Career Cake TV.

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