Last month I was interviewed for a position with a very solid company. The interview was conducted virtually and the company was represented by a panel of four. Overall, the interview went very smoothly and was conducted in a very professional manner.
I was asked several questions relating to my past performance and skills related to the position. Then about mid-way through the interview I was asked this unusual and unanticipated question; “What is the most important thing you’ve accomplished outside of work?”
Before I reveal my answer, I’d like to take a closer look at this very interesting question. While this question relates to my life outside the workplace and at first seems out of place, it was very crucial to the interview process in uncovering who I am and what I value in life. It also served to reveal a dimension of myself that isn’t exposed during a typical interview.
While there was no right or wrong answer to this question, that’s not the point. If an interviewer really wants to get to know the candidate, this question can reveal more in one response than a long list of typical interview questions.
So, how did I answer this question? I responded, “The most important thing I’ve accomplished outside of work is helping raise my children and grandchildren and caring for my family.”
Whether or not my response served to boost my chances of getting hired or totally took me out of the running I’ll never know, however, it has caused me to focus on what is really important in my life. Sometimes we all need to step back and take a broader view of our lives and our priorities and I am truly thankful for this reminder.
So………….get out there and keep charging in your career, but never lose focus of what’s really important in your life!
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