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To help you prepare for your job interview, here are 20 interview questions that are partially focused on your personal life.

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Question 4 of 20

What is your definition of hard work?

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.

Written by Rachelle Enns

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  • 4. What is your definition of hard work?

      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.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st 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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Admin

      "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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Manager

      "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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Marketing

      "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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on August 21st, 2018

      Retail

      "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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Sales

      "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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Teacher

      "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

      Community Answer

      ""¢ It's consistency, doing whatever it takes for you and your team to achieve their goals."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Cindy Ramsey

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Cindy Ramsey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Good! You may want to expand by thinking about what the interviewer is seeking by asking the question. Is he/she trying to get a sense of your capacity? How can you demonstrate it?

      Community Answer

      "My definition of hard work is realizing that there are always things to be done, staying busy, staying on task, and getting the job done better than you did yesterday. Personally, I believe integrity and hard work run side by side. A person with a strong sense of integrity, won't sit around while there is work to be done. These are both very important to me."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Chad Wilson

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Chad Wilson Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great response! It is evident that you are a driven individual with a strong work ethic and desire for continuous improvement.