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What motivates you?

This question has been answered 22 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
Typically, employees find motivation through environments where they feel supported and encouraged. The interviewer wants to know how they could drive you - even on the toughest of days! Be open with the interviewer about the ways you can stay motivated on the job when the going gets tough.

Accounting Clerk answer example
"The interviewer is trying to learn how you can be encouraged to perform at your best in the workplace. What works best for you? Does having a role model in the department keep you motivated? Are you goal driven? Does working independently keep you motivated? Or, do you prefer working on projects as a team? Simply share what keeps you moving forward with your work each day."
Addiction Counselor answer example
"Having a new clinician working alongside me motivates me to succeed and set a high standard for them."
Admin answer example
"I consider myself a self-motivated individual who is constantly striving to be better and do better. I draw inspiration from leaders in the industry and those around me to keep my motivation high."
Art Director answer example
"For this particular question - go back to the beginning and think about all the jobs you have worked. What are some stories or events that you think of? Was it helping out a client with an urgent project? Was it staying late and helping a coworker catch up on their work? Was it getting a reward for staying on top of your professional goals? Example: "My motivation comes from knowing that I can use my creative expertise to build great artistic works. I strive to make everyone happy - clients and my employees. However, what motivates me to wake up the next morning and continue doing what I do is when I get a phone call from a client saying that the website that I designed for them has attracted a lot of people and the product they were selling is now very successful."
Bank Compliance Officer answer example
"What motivates me the most in my career is becoming the best in my field. Also, for instance with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to serve clients of different cultures and acquiring further relationship building skills."
Basic answer example
"It does not take a lot to keep me motivated. If I work in a positive environment with a forward-thinking team, I am a very happy employee. If you see me going above and beyond, a quick thanks or little recognition of my hard work is good enough for me."
Biomedical Technician answer example
"It does not take a lot to keep me motivated. If I work in a positive environment with a forward-thinking team, I am a very happy employee. If you see me going above and beyond, quick thanks or little recognition of my hard work is good enough for me."
CAD Drafter answer example
"I have a very strong work ethic and was raised to be a hard, and present, worker. What motivates me to work hard is my desire to be seen as a reliable and valuable member of the team."
Grounds Maintenance Worker answer example
"From a very young age I have always displayed a very strong work ethic. I do so because people rely on me to show up and do what is asked of me. Personally, I am continually motivated by affirmation that my work is of high quality."
High School Teacher answer example
"It does not take a lot to keep me motivated. If I work in a positive environment with a forward-thinking team, I am a very happy employee. If you see me going above and beyond, a quick thanks or small recognition of my hard work is good enough for me."
Janitor and Custodian answer example
"Employers want to know that you are passionate about your role, and being the janitor is extremely important for maintaining a positive environment. After all, everyone prefers working in a clean and sanitary environment when possible! Tell the interviewer that you recognize how much people value being in a place that is clean and tidy, and you understand you are making a difference by creating a positive environment for them. "
Marketing answer example
"I'm motivated by accomplishing a goal together, as silly as that sounds. It's cool to see an idea that was just in someone's head, get moved onto paper, then into the real world and see the campaign come to life and result in sales. Obviously, financial motivation works for me, too, but that's a result a successful marketing campaign execution, so it's all coupled together."
Nursing answer example
"My experiences in this field have been invaluable. I have learned so many skills that I will be able to use when I move to the ICU. I've motivated by my patients. Knowing each patient is an opportunity and I can make a difference in their lives makes me love my job every day."
Online Merchandiser answer example
"It's important for you to be able to identify and express what it is exactly that keeps you showing up, working hard and supporting your team. Your motivation may be that you are passionate about helping people or maybe you are driven by the idea of success and achievement. Take some time to think through what your true, personal motivation is in your role. Whether you are driven by opportunities for promotion or saving the environment, be sure that you can articulate this to the interviewer. "
Paramedic answer example
"My experiences in this field have been invaluable. I have learned so many skills that I will be able to use when I work as a nurse in the ER. My goal is to complete nursing school in the next three years."
Retail answer example
"I'm motivated by financial targets, helping the team grow, and learning opportunities. I do love some recognition, whether private or public, and a quick pat on the back goes a long way."
Sales answer example
"I am intrinsically motivated. I like to challenge myself to do something and then achieve it. Breaking my previous records, for instance, is a real high for me. I am in sales, after all! Quotas and dollars certainly motivate me, and I love praise and accolades. I'm not needy, but when my work is noticed and appreciated, you will notice that I work even harder in return."
Sales Engineers answer example
"I am easily motivated by words of positivity and encouragement. I am also highly motivated by working with people who I can learn from."
Tax Manager answer example
"What motivates me the most is becoming the best in my field, and as a result having the opportunity to make an impact on a greater scale and contribute to the company's long-term success. For instance, with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to (X newly acquired duties that will enable you to help the company be more successful, as per the job posting)."
Teacher answer example
"I am excited and motivated at work when my tasks and responsibilities have a meaning. I dedicate myself to helping my students, so I am at my peak of motivation when I know they are excelling."
University Administrator answer example
"While this can be a challenging question for some, ideally the candidate should be able to identify what it is that gets them up out of bed in the morning, what it is that makes them go home at night feeling that they have done a good job and added value to the Business and what it is that keeps them going, even when a job is really difficult or maybe its their least favourite task. Here is an answer example: "I like to come into work knowing that I am able to contribute as part of the team to the services that we will provide to our students, tutors and other customers. I need to know that I have done a task to the best of my ability. I am motivated to be able to push myself to the next level and keen to take on any development that is identified by myself or my Manager."
Wildlife Officer answer example
"What motivates me the most in my career is becoming the best in my field. Also, for instance with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to learn more about a variety of animals and as a result significantly increasing my knowledge."

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What motivates you?
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Appreciation of the hard-work I did in meeting the deliverable, having faith in me by supervisor that I can complete the work with perfection that motivates me. Sumtime tap on back motivate you more than monetary appreciation.
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Making customers happy to give them the best experience possible.
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My confidence to complete my work on time and make my company no1 in customer service.
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A support and motivation from my Seniors. And obviously the working environment of the office.
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A good support and relation with my seniors, juniors, line manager and a good work environment.
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Challenges and competitions.
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Quite frankly, Money plays a very important part of my motivation, and recognition for a job well done runs pretty equal to that as well.
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Money and recognition.
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People who are born star they motivate me to perform and give my best in any competition any1 putting in front of me. B'coz they are born star . But we have to make our career, we have to work hard and we have to prove ourself. What we have to do? we have to do work right? yes we can. If they can who are best then we have karizma to prove ourself in front of those people who get evrything easily just b'coz of their mom and dad or source and link..
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Competition and restlessness until I do my best for my assigned task.
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I dnt need any motivation to work hard it just when some one appreciate your work you feel good and motivated.
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To be given feedbacks on my performance, to be appreciated and to give excellent customer service and see its rewards.
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Appreciation of the hard-work I did in meeting the deliverable, having faith in me by supervisor that I can complete the work with perfection that motivates me. Sumtime tap on back motivate you more than monetary appreciation.
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The satisfaction of providing the best of me that I can offer while at the same time striving to grow. Knowing that I have met and exceeded the needs of my customers and employer motivates me.
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My passion for excellence in a customer service driven field. My desire for achieving team oriented goals.
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The gratitude of a satisfied client and accolades from my supervisor and coworkers.
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My knowledge skills and abilities to provide excellent customer service to the ones who needs help resolving issues.
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I am motivated by goals that I set and challenging myself to beat those goals every year.
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My hard work and passion towards my work. I love my job and keep it on the priority basis and it doesn't matter for me what I am doing and how much I am doing what I want is just to give my best at any cost .
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Attraction of salary, freedom of explanation, appreciations. These can be motivates and promots to me.
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A good working environment. Good relation with my team leaders, line managers and colleagues will motivate me a lot to perform best.
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When I complete my work on time and get appretiations.
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No one I just believe in myself.
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All the time give best service & full fill customer needs. Try to generate all queries & find out good queries help to motivates.
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Having goals, making sure I am providing quality as well as quantity when working accounts.
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The positive feedback from customer and appreciation that realy motivates alot.
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I love knowing that I am doing my best in customer service and that the travel comes off without a hitch. I just love being a travel agent.
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Stats. I like to know that I am performing at the very least at acceptable levels.
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The opportunity to learn something new, become a better person, impact the world positively and put a smile on loved ones faces drives me.
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My willingness to work, my aim towards it and my principles towards work that is discipline punctuality and determination towards work.
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A good environment motivates a lot as it has challenges, healthy risks and targets.
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My motivation comes from the need to provide excellent service to my customers. If my customer is happy then I have done my job. A satisfied customer is what motivates me.
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What motivates me are my parents. I work hard and give my best to my job so can support and take care of them.
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What motivates me to perform my best is knowing that I am helping to make others life easier.
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My motivation is myself confidence towards my work.
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A perfect vision of having some Impact in this world.
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Satisfaction in completing tasks successfully and efficiently.
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Support and motivation from my seniors, Working enviroment, challenges and competition, At times a tap on back is more rewardful than money, and ofcourse Money also plays important role in motivation and recognition.
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Success and feedback. Seeing and hearing how I am part of a team and Giving my all every day.
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In sales and in customer care, I have always been motivated by the ability to provide a customer with a solution to there issues and help them improve there business or life. I know this creates positive word of mouth and great customer surveys.
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THE Fact that I have a job and the consumer depends on my true answer.
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My positive approach towards everything.
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Being Awarded for the good work, as well as recognition.
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A good support and relation with my seniors, juniors, line manager and a good work environment.
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Recognition for good job appreciation for my hard work challanges and competition.
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Good relation with managers, seniors and juniors. Work environment ,Compettion.
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I really like to do well. I want to succeed in everything I do. I really like challenges and get very competitive with myself to do better. I really love to be part of a team with a shared vision.
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I am motivated to perform my best in everything I do from the boiling desire within me to be the best at what I do.
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Keeping customers happy makes me happy. I really enjoy helping people.
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My collegues who are challengers for me motivate me when they are step ahead to me then my internal feeling makes me to move forward from them.
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My hard work and positive attitude to achieve the target.
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Realizing the fact because of me there can be a smile on someones face and at the end customer will be happy which will result in business growth and customer retention. Competition and restlessness until I finish my work and do best justice to it.
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My mother motivates I know I have to make her proud in whatever I do.
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Being part of a team and feeling that my "job" is important, I suppose I strive to do my best in any situation. I do really put my heart into most thing that I do.
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I'm motivated to work hard for my family, and my job.
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Coming into work each day with a new challenge.
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Helping others to succeed in their current role.
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I'm motivated by having new challenges and by having some friendly competition.
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My desire to connect with people, and help them attain their goals.
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My team at work motives me most to work. I believe collectively, we achieve greater strides and can handle the toughest of task with their support.
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Seeing technology change my customer's business.
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Achievements, Challenges and recognization.
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Challenges, getting the desired end results, recognition for my role.
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The fact that I believe I can contribute at making the world a better place for us and future generations to come.
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Force/ pressure from the top management, challenge from top management.
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Every difficulties to achieve a success waiting for me greater than all those difficulties I have faced.
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Willingness to constantly improve my skill sets and move up.
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The challenge, achievements and recognition. And the perks.
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Doing a good job and achieving desired results. Also working closely with team members with whom we share a common goal.
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I thrive in environments that embrace diversity in terms of work and constantly challenges me. My desire to help people furthers my ambition to find solutions that will make applications for people easier to use or integrate into their work, or optimize it. That combined with self-dicipline help me achieve my short term goals to get closer to the big picture.
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Hardwork sincerity time management.
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Results. Performance.Team work. Accomplishment. Family.
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Personal and Corporate Success. Seeing the product or service that you have worked on, are advocating for is helping end users to achieve their goals is what motivates me.
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Doing a good job and achieving the desired end result is my primary motivation.
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Meeting a customers expectation.
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Team work it is enjoyable with motivational you also get to learn from others, job recognition you get acknowledged for the work you do.
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The idea of contributing in building a better world for the next generations to come.
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Family, happy to have a job, being able to learn new things.
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Doing my best at everything I do. To see my accomplishments.
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My son and working to pay my bills and and nice things in life.
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Life, it's always a mystery. It's fun.
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Working with people, work environment, socialism.
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I want to be the best person I can be.
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My children an interesting job and the idea of bettering myself.
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Waking up to a new day of challenges.
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I am motivated whenever I complete my task in a way it should be done, I am also motivated when I am reward or appreciated for.
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I am motivated whenever I complete my task in a way it should be done, I am also motivated when I am reward or appreciated for a job well done.
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The enjoyment I get out of doing stuff.
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Helping others and teaching others what to do.
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I grew up in a medical family. Seeing my parents help out neighbors and family members that were ill and really making a difference inspired me to become a nurse.
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I enjoy caring for others, that is why I knew I was going to be a nurse early on in my life. I am excited and anxious for the opportunity to begin my career as a nurse.
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Because it makes me feel good to help people.
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From time to time, have small staff meetings that addresses specific situations that has caught your attention and that you are proud of and express to the staff how grateful you are in having each and every one as part of the team. Letting them know it would not be a success for the company if it was not for them.
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I think that it is part of my caring nature. I feel that it is so important to care for people when they are at their most vulnerable. I am caring and compassionate and committed to helping people.
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I have been taking care of people my whole life it is what I do and who I am.
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I have always wanted to since I can remember, either as a paramedic or a police officer. I believe I will get a sense of fulfillment within myself. Knowing that I have helped others will give me a feeling of achievement and acommplishment.
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I wanted to help people because I like it. The gratitude and thanks and the APPRECITAION is overwhelming to anybody. There are several people out there that really do think that you make a defference in there lives and that part is awesome.
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I've always wanted to help people.
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I have always had the desire but it was during a red cross deployment in 2005 to hurricane Katrina that I realized I truly have a passion to help people.
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I was raised to be compassionate and helpful to others.
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Being a lifeguard for many years made me want to tank my patient care to the next level.

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