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How To Answer Questions About Motivation

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Motivation is unique. It is personal. Some people are motivated by money; others are motivated by things such as interesting work, supportive environment, competitive environment, recognition, training and development opportunities, and the reputation of the organization.

Whatever it is that motivates you, embrace it.

When the interviewer ask questions about motivation, the interviewer wants to know:

  1. Why you want to work with them
  2. The reason or reasons why you choose their organization
  3. What you know about them
  4. Whether or not you are the right fit for the company and the job
  5. Whether or not you are really ready to work for them
  6. Whether you understand the job you are applying for
  7. Why you are interested in the position for which you are applying
  8. If you can handle the responsibilities associated with the job
  9. If you have the right qualifications for the job
  10. If the job matches your personality
  11. If you are coming for the money, not for the company
  12. What gets you going? What gets you up in the morning?

This is not a complete list. If you want to ACE motivation questions, study everything you know about motivation. You can do it!

Here Is How To Answer Job Interview Questions About Motivation

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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:

  1. Knowing that the job you do makes a positive difference in people’s lives.
  2. 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.
  3. Recognition.
  4. A supportive and positive environment.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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