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How do you define success?

8 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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
Answer example

"I define success by reaching all of my goals and exceeding some. If my employer is happy, that makes me happy."

Manager
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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."

Chef
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."

Written by:

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.
Ryan Brown
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: 01/08/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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