Do you work to live, or do you live to work?

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New answer on Oct 25, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 22, 2020

How would you answer this question in your Personal Fit interview? Receive feedback on your answer and browse through the Q&As to review the approaches of other applicants and experts.

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Daniel
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replied on Jan 27, 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews

“What you do is who you are” :) so, I would definitely go with the second one. Work in my opinion is what makes a human human. Of course, you need to learn to appreciate life outside of work – but I feel that one can do it only if one lives a fulfilling professional life (be it a dancer, a strategy consultant or an origami teacher).

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Emily
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replied on Apr 29, 2020
BCG Project Leader | 3+ years interview experience for BCG SEA recruiting | Kellogg MBA, NTU, Peking University

Tbh, I think this is a false dilemma. You actually don't have to choose between the 2 options given. You can have a totally different answer that is more true to yourself, and there is no right or wrong answer.

To me I probably would say something along the line that I live to achieve meaningful things, of which work is a big part but also not the only part, e.g. there are still family, friendship, and social impact work out there...

Also remember that interview assessment goes both ways. If you are asked this question and you sense that the interviewer wants you to commit all your time only to work, you might want to evaluate whether that culture is fit for you or not.

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Emily

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Anonymous E replied on Oct 25, 2021

both - those are not contradicting statements. 

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Anonymous D replied on Oct 15, 2021

Work is a part of the life and I live to work because work should fulfill in a way a person and the person should be able to follow their own path through work.

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Anonymous C updated the answer on Oct 10, 2021

We work to live. Because we need a reason to feel productive however we still need to focus on other things than just work as well

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Marzieh replied on Sep 28, 2021

I live to work

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Clara
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replied on Sep 30, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Hello!

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Anonymous replied on Apr 29, 2020

Hi A,

Sometimes it's a combination of both. But I personally prefer enjoy living, and for living I might need to do some work.

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André

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Anonymous B replied on Apr 17, 2020

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