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How do you successfully motivate your team?

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  1. 1.

    How do you successfully motivate your team?

      Motivated employees are productive employees. Talk to the interviewer about ensuring that your team is feeling motivated and being as productive as possible. You can successfully motivate a team by providing them with autonomy, showing interest in their ideas, and encouraging collaboration in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My formula for a motivated team is to get to know them, uncover what they are passionate about, and find out how they like to be recognized. If I can provide my team with proper recognition, tasks that they enjoy and feel they are good at - then they will perform as motivated employees."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Admin interview

      "Motivating my team to do well is one of my greatest joys. I put incentives in place that recognize a job well done. At the same time, I do not punish failures. Everybody makes mistakes, so I focus on the lesson rather than the mistake. I encourage the individual to try again and use the situation as an opportunity to strengthen a related skill set."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Manager interview

      "Every new team member completes a DISC assessment. I want to understand who they are and how they want to be motivated, praised, and coached. This assessment shows where they fall regarding four traits: dominance, influence, steadiness, compliance. The results help me understand them better as humans and how I can motivate them to be productive while ensuring their happiness on my team."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Marketing interview

      "First, I motivate my team by being an example. I show excitement for new projects, find the best in all situations, and bring an infectiously good mood to the workplace. The right mood will set off a great creative environment."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Retail interview

      "Sales contests resulting in a financial bonus or recognition are proven incentives for my team. I also delegate referred tasks to top performers, such as merchandising the mannequins rather than cleaning out the dressing rooms. If a team member wins a team challenge, they can choose which activity they get to do the rest of the day. These motivational approaches generate friendly competition and boost productivity."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Sales interview

      "My sales team members are motivated by financial rewards and bonuses. For this reason, I often run sales contests with prizes, including gift cards, electronics, and cash bonuses. These challenges get my competitive team of salespeople excited and often give us the extra push needed to exceed our monthly targets. As a result, our sales team often lands in the top 3 of our company's leaderboard out of 25 teams."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Teacher interview

      "I motivate my students by empowering them and giving them autonomy when it's appropriate. I empower them by encouraging participation but never forcing it. I frequently as for their input and ideas and praise every idea that they present. This approach makes my classroom feel like a community, and it fosters an open and healthy learning environment."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Facility Manager interview

      "My formula for a motivated team is to get to know them, uncover what they are passionate about, and find out how they personally like to be recognized. If I am able to provide them with proper recognition, tasks that they enjoy and feel they are good at - then they will perform as motivated employees."

      Clara's Answer
       for a Water Quality Analyst interview

      "Maintaining good physical health is important to me, so I keep myself in shape and exercise regularly. So, yes, I am absolutely able to meet the physical demands of the position!"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Daycare Worker interview

      "Although I have not received formal training on this topic, my instinct would be to document the incident and hand in that report to my program director immediately. Then, I assume the program director would call the police or CPS. Is this correct?"

      Darby's Answer
       for a Activities aide interview

      "I've always been motivated by the challenge of a tough situation. In my last role, I came across a particular patient who refused to participate in any activities. I was told he was 'always gruff and impossible.' I talked with him and was able to find something we had in common, which calmed him down. After the patient saw me make an effort to better understand his situation, he became much more agreeable to my aid. I love facing and overcoming challenges on such a personal level."

      Anonymous Answer

      "To better help me motive my team, I have done what I call a core value exercise that causes them to pick their top 6, then top 4, then top 2 core values that they find to be most important to them. This allows me to adjust my approach to them when coaching opportunities come up by hitting on these values."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very interesting approach! Can you cite a specific example of a time when this approach worked exceptionally well?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I don't think there is a one-size-fits-all that works with one person do not necessarily work for all. However, I try to give clear objectives; I empower and expose them to leadership. I listen, and I make sure they know I have their back. I give them positive feedback and acknowledge effort as much as acknowledge success."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Great! Your leadership skills shine! Be sure, in the end, to offer a qualifying statement. The interviewer will want assurance that your approach has seen great success.

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