Very few interview questions are as straightforward as they sound. Usually, they will have some hidden meaning or some specific piece of information that the interviewer is trying to uncover. You should familiarize yourself with these intricacies before starting the interview.
For example, the question “How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition is not really focused on your definition of success. Instead, they are interested in what your definition says about you. The interviewer may be trying to figure out if you are hardworking, dedicated, or if you are willing to improve over time.
Points to Emphasize
Because they are trying to gauge your personal attributes, you should focus on what makes you an appealing employee. Essentially, you should figure out exactly which skill they are looking for and demonstrate it in yourself.
- Be confident, but generous. Do not be prideful.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Just like the points you should be sure to include, there are some points you should make sure you avoid. Stay on topic and stay focused.
Remember that this is a multi-part question. Ensure that you answer both parts. Your answer will include specifics to the job you are applying for, but it should probably look similar to this:
My definition of success is independent of the requirements put on me. I know I have succeeded when I have accomplished my goal thoroughly, even if that means doing more than is asked. I always try to implement this philosophy, but I can always improve. I welcome review so I can become better at my job.