Everyone needs to work to make money. With a few exceptions, very few people would choose to work if they could have all the money they needed handed to them. Even those that want to help the world do, in many ways, work for money. Still, if you want to impress the employer, you need to come up with something a little more creative for this difficult interview question.
“I am motivated by competition. I want to be the best in my field, and I want to show others that I am a skilled worker.”
In life, this is a good quality. As an interview answer, it makes you look unfriendly and selfish.
“When I worked in data collection for ResearchCorp, I used to challenge myself to create spreadsheets and queries that led to greater exploration of the data. I suppose I am best motivated by of discovery, both of new and inventive theories and of my own ability to uncover those concepts.”
To come up with a great answer for this question, first you should incorporate a story of something you did in the past that makes you appear to be a great employee. Then you should find a factor that motivated you within that story, such as helping people, discovery, challenging yourself, etc. As long as you have a good story and a motivational factor that doesn’t reflect poorly on you, you should be able to find map out a great answer to this tough job interview question.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Tell a story that makes you appear to be a great employee.
- Make sure that what motivates you is 100% positive.