Post # 1
I went on a (successful!) job interview the other day, and the hiring manager asked me what some of my recent great accomplishments were. I gave him a few work and college examples, but the first thing that popped into my mind was the wedding.
And then I started thinking…..
It was a huge undertaking to plan and execute, and on a personal level I consider it a huge milestone/accomplishment in my adult life but I didn’t bring it up. Would my new boss care? I didn’t want to come off as a wedding obsessed silly young girl, but heck- you all know it takes some serious dedication and budgeting / negotiating / time management / people skills to turn the idea into a reality. All skills that would help a career woman don’t you think?
What do you think? Would you bring up your wedding in an interview? Or down play it?
Post # 3
You can definitely mention that. They don’t really care what your answer is, they just want to know how you think. So if you give specific examples of successful negotiations with vendors, being the mediator between dueling family members and balancing work and wedding planning successfully then it’s a perfectly acceptable response!
Post # 4
Definitely downplay it. I went on an interview while engaged and I only brought it up to warn them I’d be taking time off and wouldn’t let it interfere with my work. I think the common perception is that women let work slide while they’re engaged to plan their wedding. Looks like I’m proving them right by being on weddingbee at work.
Post # 5
First – I don’t view planning a wedding / getting married as an accomplishment (and I think many would share my view) so I definitely wouldn’t ever bring it up in a job interview.
I agree with LGenz that you’re WAY more likely to have a potential boss put off by it and think about how women let work/careers slide for weddings than have a potential boss really see it as skills that could help you in a career.
Post # 6
I know this is 3 weeks old but don’t care, lol. I totally agree with ^. I think most people would not consider planning a wedding/getting married an accomplishment – its the progression of a relationship and a party, really 🙂 If I were hiring someone and they gave me this answer in that form it would make me think that perhaps they haven’t really done much else yet or didn’t understand the question.
Post # 7
I was responsible for planning some enormous events when I was in college, and I definitely talked about the skills I exhibited and learned during those experiences on my post-college interviews. I do believe that planning my wedding was a greater achievement on many levels than any of those events, but I wouldn’t bring it up on a job interview. I feel like I’m at the point in my career where I should be able to describe the value I bring to a company in more advanced terms than that. Which is to say, the skills I’d cite as relevant to wedding planning are skills that I’ve displayed in professional and academic environments that are more analagous to my career than event planning is.
Post # 8
Not an accomplishment in my book either, unless your applying for a job as a wedding planner, or event organizer. I agree with luckyprincess that I would raise an eyebrow if I was hiring someone and they told me their wedding was their greatest accomplisment
Post # 9
Yeah, as an employer, it would put me off. It’s too much about your love life. If you had experience as a professional event/wedding planner, that would make sense to me, but not planning your own wedding.
Post # 10
Do NOT mention it. You will come across as wedding-obsessed, no matter what. It’s not that big of an accomplishment in the long run–and why would a potential employer care, anyway? I mean, unless you’re trying to land a job as a wedding planner or something.
Post # 11
Nope. not an accomplishment. It doesn’t make you stand out from anyone else who, like the majority of people, get married. And if your wedding is SOO hard to plan that it becomes this great accomplishment, I wouldn’t mention it in an interview because, the employee will think either you are a bit obsessed with the wedding or you don’t have great planning skills….
Post # 12
I would absolutely never mention planning a wedding as an accomplishment. Sure you picked themes and colors and meal choices and decorations and blah blah blah but frankly, YOU are the only person who benefited from it (well and your DH). I dont think a employer would give a crap about you successfully planning a wedding. If I were an employer and someone I was interviewing brought this up in an interview, I would probably add that resume to the “no, thanks” pile because in my opinion, it is NOT something that should be mentioned in an interview.
Post # 13
Well, I didn’t plan anything for my last minute JoP wedding, so right off the bat, no.
My biggest accomplishments? Raising my children, starting/developing/maintaining my own business and getting my degrees while running a business and raising a family.
Post # 14
No, I definitely wouldn’t consider planning a wedding one of my greatest accomplishments, but that’s just me.