A C.E.O. coach I had worked with said to me: “You need to understand your priorities. What were the three times in your career when you were the happiest, the most successful and just the most fulfilled, and what were you doing? Find an opportunity that matches those.”
(1) We know that people are most successful when they get to do what they’re best at and love most.
(2) I’ve tried asking candidates directly what they most love doing, with limited success. Perhaps they tailor their answer to what they think you want to hear, or perhaps the question is too open-ended. Asking for “three times in your career” seems a far better way to get the same information.