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What is your definition of hard work?

1 of 20 Personal Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on August 21st, 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

Hard work and dedication can be interpreted differently by everyone. To one person, another person's hard work could seem like slacking. Talk to the interviewer about how you understand a hard day's work.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"For me, hard work means that I did what I could that day to exceed expectations. I come to work early and stay late if needed and I go over and above the requirements without hesitation."

Admin
Answer example

"To me, hard work means going over and above the call of duty whenever the opportunity arises. It means giving my best to my employer every day."

Manager
Answer example

"Hard work, to me, was always taught as the cliche, 'the early bird gets the worm,' which I agree with but I would like to build on. Someone who works hard is not someone who turns it off the moment that person leaves the office, and the minute they return. Hard work is being passionate about your professional goals and the goals of your company, then working every day to achieve those goals."

Marketing
Answer example

"Many employers correlate time spent with hard work but, as a creative, I know that these two factors are not tied to each other. Hard work also means thinking about projects and innovation when you aren't expected to. Sometimes, when I am at home on a Friday night, I think up creative ideas to bring to work the following week. These ideas come to me through my being inspired to deliver my best work."

Retail
Answer example

"I know that I have worked hard when I am not waiting for task assignment, but I look for opportunities to deliver value to my employer."

Sales
Answer example

"Hard work for me refers to the mental effort that I am putting into my deliverables. Rather than merely going with the flow, I work hard for my employer by striving to be a thought leader as well. I want to contribute to our process, and more - not just sell a product."

Teacher
Answer example

"As a teacher, hard work means an unrelenting dedication to my students. I will not cut corners in their learning and will strive to give them the best learning opportunities possible."

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: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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