Regardless of whether you love or hate interviews, preparing and sharing interview questions, remains a must! This evening I was reminded of a brilliant question I was asked in an interview a couple of months ago.
As I prepared for an evening of fun with a group of girls from my church, I realised A wasn’t going to be on time. This left me in a bit of a predicament with the boys. Do I leave them at home? Take them with me? Or find a happy in-between medium?
I chose the happy in-between medium.
This entailed, running our home routine (homework, bath, chores) like a well-oiled machine, in order for me to deviate ever so slightly. In order for my plan to work, I would need them to do all their tasks and have a bath, before we leave. Followed by orderly and amicably joining us for a milkshake while we wait for our ‘take-out’ dinner to be prepared.
A Win-Win Scenario all Around
What I was doing was drilling them. I was a drill sergeant for the afternoon in order for me to deviate from our normal routine while making it a fun evening for us all. I am sure, you are wondering by now, how all of this ties into the best interview question I have even been asked! Well, I was just about to share the question with you!
The Best Interview Question I have ever been asked
The question was not, for me describe my strengths and weaknesses. I was asked to describe what my kids would say if they were asked to describe my strengths and weaknesses.
Firstly, I was forced to admit I was bowled over with the question. Thereafter, I was forced to think exceptionally fast on my feet. Admittedly, I loved the question, hence the reason it falls into the category of best interview questions!
At that very moment, I was transported to a time when it was only Logan and I. A time when Logan had the phrase “Yes Drill-Sergeant” down to a T! We used it in a jokey manner, but he knew very well, from a young age, that he needed to obey and follow instructions.
My reply to the question was, my kids would describe me as a ‘fun drill-sergeant’. I elaborated on this statement, by saying – I am particular in the way I want things done. Even downright strict and petty sometimes. But it isn’t all work and no play – having fun is high on our list of priorities.
As I was driving to the little Chinese restaurant where we were meeting up – I was reminded of this question! I was reminded that I didn’t have to be the perfect mom by having it all figured and planned out. Striving to be the best me, to my boys is enough!
Striving to be the best(est) Fun-Drill-Sergeant I can be is Enough!
This post was never meant to be a list of the best interview questions available online. There are more than enough, well-written resources available. It was meant to inspire! This post is meant to make all working moms (and dads) realise that we are valued in the workplace.
There is no greater privilege than to be a parent! There is also, no greater challenge than to parent well! Guilt aside, we are making it happen – to the best of our abilities and it is time to celebrate it!
Interview Questions – a Final Word
Let’s make this an interactive conversation! In the comments below, share your greatest interview questions and how it has shaped your thinking!