How to Answer: How would you define success?
Advice and answer examples written specifically for a SpaceX job interview.
2. How would you define success?
What You Need to Know
This question is more about your attitude or perspective than anything else. How you define what success means to you will tell the interviewer how well you'll fit into their work culture and get along with the others on your teams. There is a wealth of advice on the topic of success that Elon Musk has offered over the years. "Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up." Research and identify which of his principles for success you identify with most. Tie your answer to the success you plan to bring to this position.
1st Answer Example
"I define success as my ability to reach the goals set for me. On a personal level, those goals are the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, they are the targets set for me and the professional development I seek."
2nd Answer Example
"Success is the completion of any task you set out to do or any goal you set for yourself. Success is interpreted in many ways, but I know I have been successful when I feel that relief and contentment only accomplishment can bring."
Mechanical Engineer Example
"Success is what you make it. Everyone has their own goals and can define their own success. For me, it was getting my Professional Engineers license. No one believed I was able, but I passed the tests on the first try."
Written by Joseph Murphy on November 4th, 2022
Manufacturing Engineer Example
"Success can be hard to define through metrics as far as productivity, number of tasks completed, etc. I think the best way to define success is through continuous improvement. This could be personal improvement or for your organization but as long as there is that continuous upwards progression, I believe that is success."
Written by Timothy Cannon on November 18th, 2022