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What type of goals do you like to set for yourself and your team?

10 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know more about your goal setting techniques and process. What types of goals are you most keen on setting for your employees? Talk to the interviewer about the kinds of goals that you find most important.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I put my team's goals into three categories. Financial goals, client acquisition goals, and personal growth goals. Financial goals focus on their commercial sales targets for the quarter. Client acquisition goals are the number of new client relationships that they bring in. And personal growth goals focus on their professional development. This goal can include taking a course or reading a new career-related book."

Admin
Answer example

"I like to set two types of goals; current projects, and future projects. It's important, as an administrator, to not remain focused solely on the tasks in front of our noses. We also need to prepare for shifts in the business that may happen down the road."

Manager
Answer example

"I tend to set high goals for myself and my team and then work hard and smart to achieve them. I look at the business needs and align the department goals to reach them. Then, I take into consideration the individual goals of our team members to account for them in our progressive work."

Marketing
Answer example

"It's important to have goals that focus on the client, the company, and the employee. I have set the following goals for my team; happy clients, profitable company, growing employee. Each week I sit down one on one with my team members to find out what personal growth plan they are putting into motion. In addition to this, every morning I meet with the team to choose a client we can make the happiest today, and choose one activity that will add to our company's bottom line."

Retail
Answer example

"First and foremost, our sales goals are the most important. The next goal of focus is repeat business and the tasks associated with acquiring and retaining these loyal customers. For instance, touch points in the form of emails, calls, cards. Finally, development goals, which look different for each employee. Some are on track to become a manager or shift supervisor, while some are just using this as a job with hopes of doing something else eventually. Either way, I set personal metrics associated with their growth opportunities. These tasks could be anything from merchandising to scheduling, or learning how to create the budget. We review each of these goals in a formal setting each month and quarter, with informal check-ins daily."

Sales
Answer example

"My sales team has different metrics they have to hit daily, to ultimately hit their weekly and monthly targets. Those include calls made, talk time, and appointments set. Those are just the incremental goals to get us to our targets. As far as big picture goals, I set our financial targets for individuals and the team as a whole, growth goals to make up for any potential deficits in their current role or prepare them for the next role. Finally, I like to work with the team to come up with a personal goal they're working on, whether it is for proficiency with a particular product or talking point, or public speaking, and do check-ins to see how their project is going."

Teacher
Answer example

"I set a variety of learning goals for myself and my students each week. Once I have outlined the chapters we are focusing on; I will ask my students what they think they can take on this week. They will usually surprise me and set some great goals such as reading an entire book or memorizing their nine times tables. For myself, I love to read books on personal development for educators so I will share my goal, of reading three chapters per night, for instance. The students like to see that I have "homework" too."

Advertising Manager
Answer example

"I put my team's goals into three categories. Financial goals, client acquisition goals, and personal growth goals. Financial goals focus on their monetary sales targets for the quarter. Client acquisition goals are the amount of new client relationships that they bring in. And personal growth goals focus on their own professional development. This can include taking a course or reading a new career related book."

Sous Chef
Answer example

"A great example of goal setting would be when I decided to work a full time job while still attending culinary school. I set my mind to it and have never worked so hard for something. I graduated top of my class and never missed a day of work, at the same time!"

Athletic Director
Answer example

"While finishing my masters' degree in sports marketing, I vowed to graduate top of the class. Even though I was working full time while upgrading my degree, I managed to achieve this goal. I was very proud of this achievement."

Written by:

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.
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.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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