Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to the interview question: “How do you define success?” or “What is your definition of career success?”
Why do interviewers ask this open-ended question? This question is asked to find out more about a candidate’s priorities. Are you focussed on personal goals, team objectives or organizational success? Your answer gives the interviewer glimpses into your work ethic, personality and career objectives.
√ Do understand what the company defines as success by thoroughly reading the job description and the company’s mission and vision statement. Incorporate the company language and some of the keywords in your answer.
√ Do explain that you view success as a journey not a destination. You’ll come across as a self-motivated candidate that gets triggered by short-term wins instead of relying on promotions and bonuses. It’s a valuable trait for happiness and ultimately leads to major accomplishments.
√ Do think about your greatest success and provide a relevant example. You can use it to support your answer, but also as another opportunity to talk about your accomplishments.
X Don’t talk about religion or spiritual beliefs unless it matches the company culture. Besides the fact that you define it as success in your life, you should remember that most employers and employees don’t share the same values and beliefs. In addition, don’t share your political views or opinion about policy responses to COVID-19.
X Don’t give a long-winded and tedious answer. Briefly encounter the point that you want to make without leaving the impression that you’ve already achieved the pinnacle of success.