What gets you going is different from what gets the other person going. This is a very common job interview question. The interviewer wants to know whether or not you are a good match.
When the interviewer ask you a question about motivation, they are trying to know what motivates you. They want to know if you will come to work the next day, or calling sick everyday.
The interviewer wants to know, “Why you are interested in joining them?” They want to make sure that they are hiring the right person for the job.
When you are talking about what motivates you, don’t forget to include some of the following factors that motivate people:
Motivation is personal. It is unique.
Talk about why you like to work for their company. Tell the interviewer why the position is a good match, and why you would enjoy it.
Additional motivating factors are:
- Knowing that the job you do makes a positive difference in people’s lives.
- If you like competition, tell the interviewer that you like to work in a competitive environment. You shouldn’t talk about it if the company doesn’t support competition.
- A supportive and positive environment.
- Money. Money is important, but it should be the last thing to talk about. If you begin your discussion with money issues, you have lost the job.
- Personal and professional development opportunities. If you are the type that wants to learn more, talk about it.
Since motivation is personal, you know best what gets you going.
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