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12 Job Satisfaction Interview Questions
Question 1 of 12
What gives you satisfaction in this particular career?
How to Answer
Job satisfaction is a significant factor in whether people stay or leave their employers. Talk to the interviewer about what satisfies you about your career and why you continue to remain in this particular path.

Answer Example
"I am delighted with this career path, and I believe it is because I can help people on a daily basis. It is important for me to feel as though I am contributing to my community and this career certainly generates those feelings."
Admin Example
"My satisfaction always comes from a job well done. I am self-led and disciplined, so my satisfaction truly comes from within."
Manager Example
"I have worked very hard to gain a leadership position. Being a manager gives me the sense that my work and actions genuinely matter to other people. If my work ethic and attitude can positively influence someone else, that is the most satisfying moment for me."
Marketing Example
"As a marketing professional, I gain the most satisfaction from exercising the creative side of my brain. I have a high amount of energy and ideas so when my days are filled with brainstorming, and spontaneity, that satisfies me very much."
Retail Example
"I enjoy helping people, so seeing, or hearing from, a satisfied customer is what drives me."
Sales Example
"I am competitive by nature, so my satisfaction comes from the chase and the win. I love a friendly negotiation, to chase a deal, and to uncover a potential new client."
Teacher Example
"As a teacher, I gain the most satisfaction from knowing my students are gaining a solid foundation for their future. I care about the success of my students, and when one of them pulls up their grades or shows a genuine passion for a particular topic, it makes me so happy."
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Question 2 of 12
What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know how to avoid demotivating you on the job. Everyone will have some particular triggers that cause them to feel dissatisfaction on the job. Talk to the interviewer about any factors that may deflate or discourage you in the workplace.

Answer Example
"I can feel dissatisfaction on the job when I am not feeling heard or when there is not mutual respect among the team members. I work best in more harmonious situations where there is little drama or gossip."
Admin Example
"I feel dissatisfied when I work hard but constantly hit roadblocks. Obstacles happen, but when you can't get anywhere because there are so many of them, it is frustrating."
Manager Example
"I feel dissatisfied when an employee becomes unresponsive or quits. I feel a sense of responsibility for my team, and those they train. When they are unhappy, I feel as though I failed them."
Marketing Example
"I become dissatisfied with my job when I do not work in a collaborative team environment. I have held marketing roles where I am in my office most of the day and rarely interact with any other creatives on my team. I much prefer team and cross-departmental collaboration."
Retail Example
"I have felt dissatisfied on the job when I feel underpaid and overworked. I don't mind working hard at all, but I don't like to feel as though I'm being taken advantage of."
Sales Example
"When I see success few and far between, it is very unmotivating for me. I am a hunter and a true salesperson. These personality traits mean that I am most satisfied when deals are closing, and negotiations are challenging. I am most dissatisfied with slow-paced sales environments with long sales cycles of 6 months or more."
Teacher Example
"I find that my dissatisfaction, as an educator, comes when the board or district cuts budgets which disallows me to give my students experience such a new technology in the classroom or educational field trips. In an ideal world, teachers would have all resources at their fingertips. This factor is why I am seeking a move into the private education sector where there are more financial allowances and better opportunities for the students."
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Question 3 of 12
Describe to me your ideal employer.
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How to Answer
A job search isn't just a one-sided hunt. You must also feel as though this is a good fit for yourself. Tell the interviewer what your ideal employer may be. Be specific and be sure to keep the conversation positive. Avoid speaking poorly of any previous managers or organizations.

Answer Example
"My ideal employer is one that brings charisma and passion to their work. I work best with organizations who have a penchant for learning and promote their employees based on performance."
Admin Example
"My ideal employer will trust me to get the job done without standing over my shoulder or critiquing everything that I do or say. I am highly competent and would like my boss to keep that in mind."
Manager Example
"My ideal employer will be forward-thinking and unresistant to change. I like to streamline processes, for instance, and I would love to work for a company that receives a request for change with an open mind."
Marketing Example
"Ideally, I would work for an agency led by passion, curiosity, and a high amount of energy. I am enthusiastic about what I do and work best with like-minded creatives. I would also love to work for an employer who attracts great clients with big budgets and open minds."
Retail Example
"My ideal employer is one that allows me to take the reigns when it comes to problem-solving. I like to be hands-on and prefer to work for people who value this in me."
Sales Example
"My ideal employer is one that gives me a goal and then lets me run with it. I am creative when it comes to closing deals and building a sales pipeline. I would love to be working for a company that trusts my process and knows that I will land deals and exceed targets without having to be told what to do every step of the way."
Teacher Example
"My ideal district is one where the community openly supports the school and its students. My ideal Principal is one that has empathy for students and is a hands-on leader versus one who likes to sit in their office demanding a position of power."
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Question 4 of 12
How do you define success?
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What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see success and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

Answer Example
"I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."
Admin Example
"I define success by reaching all of my goals and exceeding some. If my employer is happy, that makes me happy."
Manager Example
"Success, in my mind, is defined by knowing that the choices I made, the words that I say, and the actions that I take are helping others to lead better lives."
Marketing Example
"I define success by what we achieve as a marketing team. The project, as a whole, needs to deliver on expectations before I consider the job a success."
Retail Example
"Success, for me, is always providing my customers with what they need, while keeping a positive mindset and smile on my face. People need friendliness more than ever, and I know when I have lifted someone's spirits, how great that makes me feel in return."
Sales Example
"I consider myself or my work a success when I know I have made a positive impact on a coworker or a client. I want to do more than just sell to them; I want to inspire them to elevate their business, think in new ways, and consider options they may not have considered before."
Teacher Example
"For me, as a teacher, I associate success with my students finding a purpose in their education and coming to a full understanding that their future contributions and knowledge will make a difference in the world."
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Question 5 of 12
What attracts you the most to this particular position?
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Question 6 of 12
What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
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Question 7 of 12
Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?
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Question 8 of 12
How can we motivate you on the job?
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Question 9 of 12
How do you feel about joining a new organization?
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Question 10 of 12
Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 01/07/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018
Question 11 of 12
What is the one thing you would change about this career path if you could?
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Question 12 of 12
Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.
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