Interview 28: How Do you Evaluate Success?

For the best result, make sure you have read this article and already have a write-up of your answer prior to your Cambly session. You can send a longer text to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system.

This following content has been modified from LiveCareer. See the original article here.


Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

Think deeper about what the interview question you are asked really means. There is usually some hidden meaning that they are trying to get to. If you are able to understand this hidden meaning, your answer can focus on it specifically, which strengthens your answer.

The question, “How do you determine or evaluate success?” has some hidden meaning. You should not focus so much on your definition of success, but rather how this definition shapes your work ethic. The interviewer is interested in what qualities will allow you to succeed. They want to be confident that you are self-motivated and dedicated to your work.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What do you think ‘evaluating success means’?
  • Think of three ways that you evaluate your own success.
  • Think of three ways that you evaluate the success of others. Do these lists differ from each other? In which way?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Points to Emphasize

Figure out which qualities they are trying to find in you and focus on them. These may vary with the specific job, but they should be, more or less, consistent.

  • Even though you are focusing on your attributes, remember to answer the question. Start by defining success.
  • You should probably include going above expectations in your answer. This is the most common goal for this question. Do you consider yourself successful when you meet the minimum expectations, or when you do the job right?
  • If you are interviewing for a management position, their expectations for your answer may be different. Instead, you might focus on what your expectations for employees under you are.

Be confident, without being prideful.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Consider the job that you are applying for. What kinds of ‘success’ might you encounter in this job? (ex. successfully completing a task, or successfully problem solving)
  • How have you demonstrated success in these areas?
  • How would apply this to the potential job?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Mistakes You Should Avoid

If you follow the above points to emphasize, and avoid the following pitfalls, your answer should be very strong.

  • Do not spend the entire answer determining success. Even though that is what they literally asked you, you should move on to explaining your positive qualities.
  • Do not lose your focus. Success is a vague idea, but you should choose one or two attributes that are relevant. Including too many weakens the strength of all of them.
  • You should avoid talking about how you are completely successful. No matter how capable you are, being able to improve will be appealing to employers.

A genuine and sincere undertone will be very effective. Do not exaggerate or stretch the truth.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What are those one or two ways in which you determine success?
  • How do you think they best determine success?
  • Bring the focus back to you if possible; how do you think that you have lived up to your own expectations of success?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Sample Answer

The context of the question you are asked may require other specifics that are not covered here. Be sure to adjust your answer to the job you are applying for. Generally, however, your answer might look something like this:

“I determine success as getting the job done properly. Even if the expectations are lower, I will not consider myself successful unless I met all of my own personal requirements. Of course, I’m always trying to push my personal requirements higher and higher. I welcome opportunities to improve.”

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Write the first draft of your answer with your tutor.
  • Are there any words or phrases that you are not comfortable pronouncing?
  • Now rehearse with your tutor until you are comfortable answering the question without the script.

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