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What in your life pushes you forward?

1 of 20 Latest Interview Questions Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know more about the factors that motivate you. What pushes you forward in life will be more of a personal response, but you should bring your reply back to how this affects your motivation at work as well. This concept is called your 'Top Human Need.' As motivational speaker Tony Robbins puts it, what is the invisible force that shapes your thoughts, behavior, and actions?

Here are some factors that may push you forward in life:

- Your children, spouse, or family
- Your desire for knowledge, learning, and growth
- A desire to be wealthy and prosperous
- The need for variety, excitement, or surprise
- A genuine connection with others
- Knowing that you are contributing to the betterment of others

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"I am pushed forward in life by my desire to provide for my children, my spouse, and my elderly parents. I want nothing more than for them to be comfortable and have all their heart desires. This force drives me to perform my best in the workplace to that I can be considered for promotions, thus, earning a better life for my family."

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"Kindness is the driving force in my life. I strive to be kind, genuine, empathetic and create true connections with my family, friends, co-workers, and the customers that I interact with on a daily basis. If everyone were a bit kinder, this world would be a much better place, don't you agree?"

Answer example

"I crave a genuine connection with others, both in my personal life and in the workplace. The force that drives me is the need to create these connections. I will achieve this by opening up genuine conversations with everyone I meet. This particular goal gives me what I need but has the added benefit of powerful employee performance and retention. My team knows that I care about their well-being and success, so they stay loyal to me and my vision."

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"I am a creative person who needs variety, change, innovation, and new challenges. Ultimately, I am driven by this need to chase the next idea, try the latest trends in marketing, read the most ground-breaking books, and the like. A workplace of diversity and new challenges is a dream for me and would be the force I need to remain motivated."

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"I have always had an innate need to help others. This need is likely why I have chosen a career in customer service. When I have spent part of my day helping someone, making their life a little bit simpler, or making them feel better about themselves, I feel incredible. The need to help others is most definitely my driving force in both work and my personal life."

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"I have a true desire for prosperity and wealth which is what drives me to be the best performer at work, and in life in general. I am a true sales person who loves to win, gain the next sale, and see my commissions grow. I don't mean this is a greedy or selfish way - I just know that I desire the finer things in life and am not afraid to work very hard to achieve the life of luxury that I have set my sights on."

Answer example

"My desire to knowledge and growth is my biggest driving force in my career and personal life. I crave to learn new things and love to perform research. To remain stagnant in my knowledge would be such a shame."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 06/01/2015
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

View user-submitted Answers

What in your life pushes you forward?
My family. I want to be successful for them and show my sons that you can succeed if you work hard.
Its my desire to learn, explore and to become better than what I was yesterday. This does not mean just learning new skills but bettering even what I know at present.
My family and my daughter pushes me forward on top of my morals.
Achievement, I always do my best no matter what the situation, it gives me a sense of contentment. Another is my children, I want to show them anything is possible if you want it bad enough.
My determination that I can do better than what I am doing with my life now.
The smiles I put on other people faces.
Achievement. I love praise and to know I am doing things well.
Motivation for a better future.
My personal goals that I have for myself.
My positive attitude, self motivation, god fearing;eagerness in learning new field.
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