How do you define success? What does it mean to you? A question that tests your personality, giving textbook responses won’t do any good.
TRAP: Seems easy to answer. However, simply parroting the definition of success isn’t sufficient. The interviewer won’t be too pleased with a generic answer. It shows that you are not creative enough to use the question as a starter to talk about your achievements.
ACCEPTABLE ANSWER: Give a well-accepted definition of success that leads right into your stellar collection of achievements.
Example: “The best definition I’ve come across is that success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal. As to how I would measure up to that definition, I would consider myself both successful and fortunate…”
Then summarize your career goals and how your achievements have represented a progressive path toward the realization of your goals.
How would you answer this question? Are there other interview questions and answers that are commonly asked (irrespective of the domain)? We’d love to know in the comments.