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What does being competitive mean to you, and how competitive are you?

The Goal

The interviewer would like to know that your level of ambition is a match for the company and the job. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you will bring a consistent and appropriate amount of competitiveness to the role. Express that you view workplace competitiveness as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Written by Rachelle Enns on March 16th, 2022

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Advice and Examples: What does being competitive mean to you, and how competitive are you?

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    What does being competitive mean to you, and how competitive are you?

      The Goal

      The interviewer would like to know that your level of ambition is a match for the company and the job. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you will bring a consistent and appropriate amount of competitiveness to the role. Express that you view workplace competitiveness as an opportunity to learn and grow.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on March 16th, 2022

      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving the impression that you are a ruthlessly competitive person. The interviewer does not want to detect combativeness. Instead, they want to know that your level of ambition will complement the hiring company's values and align with the goals and personality of its existing team members.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on March 16th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      When you answer, consider telling a brief story that supports your response. Be prepared to talk about a time you were placed in a competitive situation and thrived. Your example should be work-related. If you are new to your career, consider providing an example from school or sports.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on March 16th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "Being competitive means that I am focused on winning. This can mean winning independently or as a team. On a scale of 1-10, I would rank my competitiveness at an 8. I like to compete internally, creating small personal milestones and connecting them to a time limit. For instance, if I complete the data entry for 50 new customers in under three hours, I reward myself with a quick coffee break. I often carry on this internal competition throughout the day until all of my tasks are complete. When it comes to being competitive in a team setting, I spend most of my time uplifting my coworkers and helping them succeed. When my co-workers win, so do I."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on March 16th, 2022

      2nd Answer Example

      "To be competitive is to be eager to succeed. I have a competitive personality that stems from my years of participating in high school and college-level team sports. I learned to be competitive in my performance while encouraging my teammates to give their best. I am always striving to be better."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on March 16th, 2022

      Community Answer

      "For me, it means when peers challenge each other to be better or deliver better. I do not consider myself competitive, but I do like to show results, and I do put playful competition into play. For example, if we said completing performance reviews on time was a key metric, I would then post the results by department monthly. I find that departments naturally compete with each other to attain better numbers."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is an excellent example of creativity and competition in motion. Also, you present a very unique and thoughtful definition of competition.

      Community Answer

      "Competition, for me, stems from playing organized sports throughout my childhood and into high school. I find that I thrive off of healthy competition. I love competition because it motivates me to be the best. I am very naturally driven, but competition allows me to push further and achieve even greater results."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      It seems you have a great penchant for healthy competition, which is fantastic. This is a well-balanced answer.

      Community Answer

      "Being competitive means having a "winning" mentality in life and always having the desire to be #1and the best at everything you do. Competitive people are driven and perform best when in an environment that constantly challenges them and is surrounded by peers that push them to be better. I am a very competitive person in all aspects of my life."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is an excellent start, and it seems you are very passionate about the topic. Last, try to add in a recent example of a time when you were competitive. The concept is to 'show' vs. only 'tell.'

      Community Answer

      "I am very competitive to me this means winning and being the best, not only in my team but also in the company. It means to exceed my goals and targets and be ahead of the game. My manager had set an incentive to invite the most HCP's to a company organized training event. I worked overtime to ensure that I utilized all communication forms with healthcare professionals (email/phone/f2f, etc.). I was encouraging my colleagues to do the same."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      It sounds as though you have a healthy competitive streak! When it comes to the incentive that your manager provided, did you achieve what you set out to do? If possible, try adding in some tangible results (numbers, percentages, etc.).

      Community Answer

      "It means achieving/winning. I am a very competitive person. Always have been. I am keen to win and so at work means new business. I am a tenacious person but deliver and win in an empathetic way again bringing a solution to the customer that no one else brings, adding value."

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      Cindy Ramsey

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      Cindy Ramsey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Ok! This is an important quality to go into detail about. Do you have an example that could help inform your answer?

      Community Answer

      "Being competitive means aiming to be the best. Consistently working towards making a positive contribution. When I see someone successful, it drives me and inspires me to push further. To improve my skills and grow professionally and to stand out. I feel that if someone else can do it, so can I."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great start, but this response would be more impactful if you included a specific example. How has a competitive spirit showed up in your current work?

      Community Answer

      "I learned to be competitive with myself, to try to First time right, use the 1-10-100 rule. 1 means cost of doing non-quality x 1, 10 means cost of non-quality x 10 and same way x 100.

      I strongly believe in continual improvement, as a leader, we combine our efforts to build a strong team using PRIDE (Purposeful vision, role model, Integrity, Develop and Empower) concept. Always push the bar using benchmarking techniques and never stop striving for the best."

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      Marcie Wilmot

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      Marcie Wilmot Reviewed the Above Answer

      You've done a great job of explaining what being competitive means to you. It also sounds like you're pretty competitive by nature. Is there an example you can provide of a time when you competed for something?

      Community Answer

      "Being competitive to me means having a strong desire to win. And this doesn't always have to be in the traditional sense as first over the finish line, but having the drive what to do better than previously, and overachieve. I am competitive, especially with myself I always want to push myself to do better than previously. I want to overachieve on my sales targets, I want to be hitting above my KPIs not just meeting them. I work with my colleagues in order for us to compete, and win against the competition, but not compete with each other, as we all have the same end goal. And I am not so competitive that I would do anything to win, like stepping on others or cheating in order to get the sale or promotion."

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      Marcie Wilmot

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      Marcie Wilmot Reviewed the Above Answer

      Nice! It sounds like you are competitive but in a balanced manner, which the interviewer will appreciate. Can you include a quick example of a time when you were competitive and it paid off?

      Community Answer

      "I am very competitive and will always give you my best never quit no matter what. I learned from my father if I can look myself in the eye and say I did my best, I'm always a winner. This translates to work because I am always in competition with myself. My goal is to always do it better and more efficiently no matter what I'm doing which lets me to more than quadruple the normal personal trainers' income and ultimately more than double my income at each new job."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      If you're applying for a sales role, being competitive is a huge asset! To strengthen the impact of your response, I suggest being more specific about how you are competitive (example: can you give an example of a specific contest you won at work or goal you hit?) A specific example or two will leave your interviewer feeling confident in you!

      Community Answer

      "I like healthy competition. It drives growth and improvement. I would say I'm more inwardly competitive than outwardly competitive. I am driven to meet goals and keep commitments simply because I said I would, not necessarily because they are time-sensitive. I will do what it takes to achieve and exceed expectations. My internal competitive nature is apparent in my hobbies - I enjoy individual sports like cycling, skiing, photography where I am always working to improve, but competing primarily against myself."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great response! It sounds like you have a great sense of balance.