This Interview Question Identifies Whether You’ll Fit the Company Culture

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Be ready for it.

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We’ve previously spoken about how getting the job really has little to do with your resume, but it’s never been more true. Staff looking to hire are, at the core of things, really trying to figure out how you’ll fit culture-wise into the organisation. And the question they ask to uncover this, according to The Adler Group CEO Lou Adler is something along the lines of: What would you consider to be your most significant career accomplishment to date?

As an interviewee taking on this question, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s really important here: this isn’t an opportunity to grandstand on your achievements, it’s a very careful query meant to garner whether you’re a team player, what your personal definition of success is, and so on.

If you’re going to get it right, Brian advises you consider a couple of things in your response: whether the task or accomplishment was self-imposed or delegated from a superior (the former illustrates initiative, the latter a willingness to contribute), how you overcame any particular problems with the project, what major decisions had to be made by you and how you evaluated making them, how did you work with a manager on the project (well? not so well?) etc.

Don’t forget the following is also just as important – if you don’t share the same values of the company, it’s not worth joining the organisation. Honesty is always the best policy, right?

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