When a hiring manager asks about the proudest moment of your life, you may want to tell them about a personal story. This is not what they’re looking for. An interviewer is trying to figure out how you will fit in at their company. Telling them that you’re proudest moment was having your kids isn’t going to show them how you can be a benefit to the company. They’re really trying to figure out what traits you have that makes you a strong candidate for the position.
Points to Emphasize
That means that when you answer the question you want to highlight traits, experiences and skills that pertain to the job you are trying to get.
- Talk about an achievement that took dedication, concentration or commitment.
- Emphasize what you learned from the accomplishment.
- Tell the hiring manager how this moment helped you move towards your career goals.
- Go over the steps you took to reach the achievement because this will show that you are good at setting goals and then meeting them.
Make sure to think hard about an answer for this question, because you don’t want to be caught off guard in an interview.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
There are certain experiences that you do not want to mention.
- Do not talk about anything that is strictly personal.
- Beware of giving too much detail and rambling on in your answer.
- Don’t forget to mention anyone that helped you achieve this goal. This shows that you can work well with others.
- Do not give too much or too little information.
The interviewer is trying to get a sense of you as a worker. Make sure to give them an opportunity to see that you are a good worker.
Here is an example of what a good answer to this question might look like:
The proudest moment of my life was when I went paragliding. I had tried to go before, but I have a paralyzing fear of heights that kept me from climbing up the cliff and jumping off again. I really wanted to go because I knew it would be an amazing experience. One day I just decided it was something that I had to do no matter how much it frightened me. It was amazing. Every time I get nervous about a big presentation or meeting, I just remember how I overcame my fear and jumped off of this cliff. It’s actually really helped me become more confident and daring in my work.
You can use a personal experience as long as you can tie professional traits to it.