When interviewers ask, “What is your favorite memory from childhood” they are really trying to get a feel for the type of individual you are. In consideration of the company climate, they may be looking for a specific personality type. Though you may not know this up front, you can make sure that you provide the best possible answer to leave a positive impression on the interviewer.
Points to Emphasize
The interviewer is most likely unaware of the intricate details of your childhood, therefore they will not be seeking one particular answer. However, there are certain things that you should keep in mind and incorporate in providing the best possible answer.
- Share a clear and concise memory that you enjoyed.
- Highlight how that memory has helped you to grow or has contributed to the individual you are.
- Relate the takeaways from your experience to the responsibilities for the job.
- Express your desire for continued growth in life through various experiences.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Along with things you should say, there are a few mistakes and pitfalls that you will want to avoid.
- Do not make up a memory that you think will sound good; a lie is hard to keep up with and easy to forget.
- Even if it helped to “build your character,” stay away from sharing bad memories.
- Do not share a memory that has no relatable aspects to the job you are applying for.
- If you must share any negative aspects of your memory, keep them brief and make sure that you give them a positive overtone.
When answering this question, consider a response similar to this:
My favorite childhood memory was anytime that my father came back home from active duty. He would surprise me with a little trinket and we would have a big family dinner. I respected his dedication to his job, and feel that I have inherited that trait; however I was always happy to see my family all together again.
Even though you are sharing something from the past, make sure that you can tie it in with the present and project how you can be a positive addition to the company in the future.