How Does Your Applicant Define Success?

[audio:|titles=How Do They Define Success?]This could be a really tough question for some of your applicants.

For some, the workplace is that place where they get a paycheck and not much more. Some interaction with the staff of course, but essentially a paycheck.

I don’t fault the person who has this view of work life–it’s higher on the scale than the person who will happily live off of unemployment compensation.

But you’re looking for someone who wants more than just a paycheck, right?

So, let’s find out how they define success. The question could be delivered very simply:

“Alice, how would you define success regarding this position of Office Manager?”

The responses back should be very interesting.

A portion of your applicants will tell you what it means to them personally while another portion will tell you how success as an Office Manager impacts the company.

Which response do you find more interesting?

You could also break this down a bit:

“Alice, how would you define success for you personally as our Office Manager?”


“Alice, as our Office Manager, how would you define success for our company?”

This line of questioning could be a great eye-opener for you.

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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