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?
"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."