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Do you consider yourself an overachiever? Why or why not?

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    Do you consider yourself an overachiever? Why or why not?

      How to Answer

      It's important first to define what you believe to be overachieving. By definition, overachievers 'perform better or achieve more success than expected.' There are a variety of indicators that you are an overachiever. These include:

      -You judge your worthiness on how well to perform a task or complete a goal
      -You are hyper-focused on avoiding failure
      -You often overcommit and stay late to achieve more at work
      -You struggle with taking feedback or criticism because it feels like a failure
      -You are always focusing on what's next
      -Your friends and family often refer to you as a perfectionist

      It may seem now that it isn't a great thing to be considered an overachiever. If you do resonate with being an overachiever, this is entirely okay! It's essential, however, that you express to the interviewer that you are still a team player who can accept feedback and avoid burnout.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I like to take my goals and targets and achieve more than expected. With that said, I do not struggle with feelings of perfectionism. I like to gain feedback from my managers so that I can improve. It's important to me that I achieve and not fail; however, I still understand that failure is a part of life. When I do not achieve a goal, I can easily pick myself back up and try again."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I was most certainly a perfectionist when attending university. I was the first in my family to attend post-secondary schooling, and thus, I put a great deal of pressure on myself to achieve perfect grades. This overachieving led to burnout quickly! Although I am proud of my GPA, I did spend a lot of time finding a good balance between achieving my goals and making myself happy. Today, I will do my best at work without displaying the typical negative traits of an overachiever, such as fear of failure trouble accepting feedback."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I do like to execute things better than they may have been done before. I look for areas where I might be able to improve processes or programs to be more efficient and serve people better. This may mean that I will put in all the hours necessary to get things done for a successful and seamless rollout. When I am in the midst of a project, I am thinking of three steps ahead."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You give some great examples of ways that you give your best without sounding like a perfectionist who gets in their own way.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I set my own goals and targets and always attempt to achieve more than expected. I always push myself and try to exceed my last goal/task. Winning is important to me, but I also understand this may not always happen, and I am happy to stop, re-evaluate, and try again and/or ask for constructive criticism."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Exceptional! It will be very obvious to the interviewer that you are driven, enthusiastic, and ready to learn/grow.

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