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To increase your chances of getting this seemingly tough question right, career coaches often suggest breaking your response down to a simple three-part response that will guarantee that the interviewer is hooked from the word go.
First: Begin by giving a concise version of your career history. Keep it as short as possible.
Second: This is your chance to brag a little – tell the interviewer about a specific achievement that stands out and is likely to capture the interviewer’s attention. Make sure you explain how your victory impacted the business’ bottom line.
Third: Provide a few definitive sentences about what it is that you would like to achieve in the future, and how the position you’re interviewing for can help you with your goals.
So, as an example, say you’ve landed another interview, and the interviewer asked the same question. You could say:
“During my time as the account manager for Said Company, I handled our top performing clients. Before that, I worked for Another Company where I managed to bring three major clients on board. While I enjoyed my time in these companies, my aim now is to become part of a larger firm where I can join a substantial Sales team where a collaborative effort is more important.”
Remember that with any interview question, practice makes perfect. In this case, it’s important to focus your answer on the most relevant experience and skills you’ve gained in your career. Ultimately, take it easy – share a few light stories, but keep them to a minimum.