With different ways of defining success, let’s look at a few of the obvious ones:
1) When you achieve what you want or intend.
2) When someone achieves a high position in their job, on a course, in a sport, in society etc.
3) When a person or business makes a lot of money.
Finding out how your applicant defines success is likely to give you some good insights into their personality and into their drive.
But let’s break this down a bit. Here are some questions you could ask:
1) How do you define success for yourself in the business world?
2) How would you define success for yourself with our company, say in the next year?
3) How about in the next five years?
As you well know, your applicant might not be considering your company for five years. But it can’t hurt to ask.
Success for some is having a job and a pay check. Enough money to pay the bills.
Success for some is making an adequate income AND having a great work environment. Friends, companions, caring about others and others caring about us.
Some equate success with status. A high position in a company, an impressive sounding title.
It’s going to be different from applicant to applicant, but if you can get in there and get some honest answers here, you’ll learn a great deal about your prospective staff.
As the law varies in each area, please check with an attorney to ensure you are applying these tips within the law.
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