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Job Satisfaction Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your job interview, here are 12 interview questions that are focused on your career satisfaction.

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What gives you satisfaction in this particular career?

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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.

Written by Rachelle Enns

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12 Job Satisfaction Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. 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.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st 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."

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      Admin

      "My satisfaction always comes from a job well done. I am self-led and disciplined, so my satisfaction truly comes from within."

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      Manager

      "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."

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      Marketing

      "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."

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      Retail

      "I enjoy helping people, so seeing, or hearing from, a satisfied customer is what drives me."

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      Sales

      "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."

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      Teacher

      "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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  • 2. What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?

      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.

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      1st 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."

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      Admin

      "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."

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      Manager

      "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."

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      Marketing

      "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."

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      Retail

      "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."

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      Sales

      "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."

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      Teacher

      "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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  • 3. Describe to me your ideal employer.

      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.

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      1st 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."

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      Admin

      "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."

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      Manager

      "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."

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      Marketing

      "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."

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      Retail

      "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."

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      Sales

      "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."

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      Teacher

      "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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  • 4. How do you define success?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 5. What attracts you the most to this particular position?

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  • 6. What kind of people do you enjoy working with?

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      Company culture is a significant factor when looking for a new position. Talk to the interviewer about the types of personalities with which you best work. Be sure to remain positive and avoid using this as an opportunity to speak poorly of previous colleagues.

      Think of a few traits that co-workers should have, and include that in your answer. Such as, motivated to succeed, enjoys collaborating with others, and passionate about their careers.

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  • 7. Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?

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      In which situation are you the happiest and most productive? Talk to the interviewer about your preference when it comes to teamwork or working individually. Be sure to avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular scenario (IE: I only like to work by myself).

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  • 8. How can we motivate you on the job?

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  • 9. How do you feel about joining a new organization?

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      The interviewer would like to know how you are feeling in regards to making a significant change. Changing employers can be exciting, scary, and all of the feels wrapped into one big weird emotion. Talk to the interviewer about how you feel regarding this particular career move.

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  • 10. Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.

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      The interviewer would like to know about the types of responsibilities that excite you. Were you asked to take on a particular task, project, or responsibility that gave you a strong sense of enjoyment? Talk to the interviewer about this specific task and what it meant to you.

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  • 11. What is the one thing you would change about this career path if you could?

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      The interviewer would like to know what changes you would make to this career path if you could. Are there any aspects of this career path that you always said you would change if you could? Talk to the interviewer about something that you would change - if it were possible. Be sure to avoid any factors that would create a red flag on the employers' part (IE: I wish I could work fewer hours).

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  • 12. Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.

      How to Answer

      Always answer a question like this with the negative first, so that you can end on a positive note. The way you respond can completely change the vibe of the interview.

      When it comes to discussing your least favorite aspect of your current/most recent position, beware of complaining to the interviewer. Take this question as an opportunity to shine when it comes to your ability to overcome challenges and dislikes. Describe the obstacles your previous employer offered you, and how you thrived in that environment. Stay away from company gossip or drama. Avoid getting into a negative spiral from which you cannot recover!

      When discussing your favorite aspect of your current/most recent role, stay away from company perks and choose to focus on something like growth, the culture, or your ability to make an impact. For example, do not say you enjoyed working at Google because of the fantastic cafeteria. Everyone knows they have a large cafeteria for their employees, but that's not why you work there, right?

      For example "Every company has areas for improvement. My least favorite aspect of my current position is that I have very little autonomy when it comes to making decisions surrounding client relationships. The best part of this job and part of the reason I have stayed there for six years is that my coworkers are amazing and there is a strong environment for professional development."

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