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How do you define success?

1 of 12 Job Satisfaction Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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 a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
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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