Are you results-oriented or process-oriented ?

I recently interviewed someone who used the phrase “results-oriented” to describe himself. When asked, “What do you mean by results-oriented?”, I never really got a good answer from my candidate. A quick Google search tells me that “results-oriented” is among the top-10 clichés on resumes along with “innovative, creative and entrepreneurial”.

Here is what I could come up with to compare orientations.

Results-oriented:⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀

  • focuses on meeting objectives⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
  • has a flexible approach to work⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • always tries to make progress irrespective of constraints
  • can deal well with ambiguity and work well with incomplete information⠀⠀⠀
  • may work with instincts and pattern recognition


  • self-disciplined and settles well into established systems and structures
  • focuses on the journey as well as the destination
  • always complies with the rules
  • adept at keeping things running smoothly
  • could appear formal, task-based and mechanical
  • may not always challenge status quo

From my experience, the two choices are not mutually exclusive and most people follow some type of process on their journey to get results. There are times when you need to have a lot of structure and discipline to make the necessary progress and there are other times when you need to be flexible and creative and take risks to achieve results.

What do you think ?

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