Interview Question: Are You Willing to Put the Interests of the Company Ahead of Your Own?
The interview is not a contract. You do not have to do everything you claim you are going to do. For example, if the company asks you if you are willing to stay at least three years, and you say yes, you do not have to stay for the full three years. Unless you are on contract, you can skip out at any time.
The same holds true for the interview questions about whether or not you are willing to sacrifice your own interests for the sake of the company. Your answer is not a binding contract. If you don’t want to put the interests of the company ahead of your own, you don’t have to.
How to Answer
The best answer for this interview question is to claim that they are one in the same. Remember, you don’t need to qualify it with something like “as long as they don’t ask me to do anything illegal or cause me any financial stress…” because the answer doesn’t really matter. You don’t have to do what you say you will do.
“I am willing to put the company’s interests ahead of my own as long as it is still fun to work here and it doesn’t affect the livelihood that I hope to give my family.”
Again, that is qualifying your answer. It’s unnecessary. Obviously in life, you are not going to put your work ahead of your family, but when you answer the question, you are.
“My interest is the short and long term success of the company, so if the company needs something done, it is in my best interests to complete it.”
In other words, the interests of the company and your own interests are one in the same, so one can never be ahead of the other. That’s a good answer that shows commitment to the workplace.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Yes, you are supposed to put the interests of the company ahead of your own.
- No, you don’t necessarily have to do it when the time comes.