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Answers to interview questions about an important goal you accomplished provide a keen insight into your character and motivations.

Give me an example of an important goal you set and describe your progress in reaching it.

Another way of asking this question could be:

  • Do you even set goals?
  • What are your priorities?
  • How do you measure success?

Even though the same techniques apply in structuring your answer, what makes this question different is sometimes it can take years to accomplish an important goal.

It's also a good idea to share one or two personal goals you've accomplished.

When you reveal one of your personal goals, people get a deeper insight into your character and values. They see you more as a real person vs just an employee.

However, if you do decide to share a worthy personal goal, it's best to share one that could also have applications in the workplace.

Good examples of personal goals you accomplished:

  • Taking online computer training courses to stay current
  • Attending night school to complete your college degree or MBA
  • Learning a foreign language
  • Sticking with an exercise regimen
  • Paying off your debts and living debt free
  • Getting your pilot's license
  • Fund raising for a community or humanitarian cause

Any of the above personal goals would be great to share, but avoid sharing deep personal private victories that might be misinterpreted or unintentionally cast you in a negative light.

Good examples of work related goals you accomplished:

  • Increasing sales or market share
  • Reducing costs
  • Winning back a key customer
  • Reducing employee turnover or improving morale
  • Overcoming a company's reputation of poor quality or service

This situational interview question is very similar to the behavioral interview question, What was your greatest accomplishment?

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