How do you evaluate success?
If you are asked this question, resist the temptation to wax philosophical about what success really is, or what a successful life is all about. The answer to this question has to be related directly to your work.
If you go into a philosophical explanation, you’ll knock yourself out of a job. An interviewer doesn’t care that you consider yourself successful if you have great relationships, or if you’re able to retire to the beach at the age of 60, or anything else relating to your personal life.
Always remember: your agenda in a job interview is to sell yourself for the job. Essentially, the interviewer is your customer, and you are the product. You need to know what the customer’s needs are (thus your company research prior to the interview and your need to ask questions during the interview). Your entire conversation needs to be how you (as the product) meet, and in some ways, exceed, those needs better than any other product out there. This is like pointing out all the ‘bells and whistles’ on a product. What are the extras that you will bring to the table that make you unique and more valuable to the company?
For an interview situation, success is based on goals that you have set for yourself, the progress you make in achieving those goals, and how happy your co-workers and supervisors are because of your achievements. Success, then, is based on achieving objectives and satisfying the people who are paying you to work.
A general answer might sound like: “I evaluate success based on meeting goals set by my supervisors, how quickly I accomplish those goals, and the feedback I get based on my performance.”
Or, “Success means finishing projects on time, under budget, and to the satisfaction of the customer of that project.” The customer in this case could be your supervisor, the person you built a house for / made a part for / created a marketing campaign for / etc.
If you’re interviewing for a management role, you might say, “I evaluate success based on meeting my professional goals while ensuring that every member of my team is working individually and cooperatively in peak form.”
You can talk about increasing revenue, increasing customer base, improving accuracy, ensuring customer satisfaction or any other business-growth or revenue-related goal.
Once you mention a few things, you can use this as a jump-off point for your own question and ask, “How is performance evaluated here?” Getting some details on how THEY evaluate success will help you hone your answers for the rest of the interview.
Source by Peggy McKee