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
"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."
"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?"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."