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What keeps you motivated on the tough days?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Volunteer interview

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The interviewer wants to know how they can motivate you during the tougher days. Do you need words of appreciation? Public accolades? A pat on the back? What keeps you going when things get rough? This would be a great time to share how serving others is a motivation in itself. The interviewer is looking for qualities they want to see in a member of their team. Service, interaction with the people you're serving, having fun with your team... those are all excellent examples.

What keeps you motivated on the tough days?
Answer example

"I'm not looking for a specific reward from your organization, simply being involved in a team setting, making friends, and knowing that I am making an impact on those in need, will be rewarding enough!"

Entry Level

"I am internally motivated. When I feel like my time and energy is making a positive difference, it makes me want to keep going."


"Truly, I don't thrive on public recognition. I do appreciate a little pat on the back, or kind words in private, if you do see me performing well."

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What keeps you motivated on the tough days?
I am not currently involved in any other organizations.
I mostly do work for myself, so the motivation I have is to keep the children happy and satisfied at their time here.
The rewards usually motivates me the satisfaction of my clients, peers motivation and my my supervisors appreciation.
Apart from chocolate, the general satisfaction that you get from helping someone even if its helping them with their dinner or down the stairs is enough to tell you that you are on the right path and your doing something correct.
Simple rewards such as saying great job, or keep up the good work.
I believe in staying true to my work, and leaving a positive impact on others. Knowing that I have done the job right and made a positive impact on others motivates me to work even harder.
I don't really need rewards when I'm being motivated. But if I need to, then food.
What always keeps me motivated is talking to patients getting to know their stories and simply getting a smile and a thank you when helping them communicate with their doctors and helping them understand their heath.
Hearing good compliments from supervisors and seeing you are improving everyday that keeps me motivated.
Seeing how I benefit others is all the motivation I need.
I find that I am most motivated when I am helping others and making a difference, no matter how small I may be. Being able to help someone in need gives me a satisfaction that keeps me energized and motivated to continue helping.
I dont often think of a reward for my work other than the new knowllege I gain from my experiences.
None. I am a self motivator.
Feedback. Verbal. Awards. Increased opportiunit.
I just enjoy the smile gives me when they are satisfied with my help.
Change their life in better way.
Positive feedback keeps me motivated as I feel that I have done good and I can carry on doing good.
Appreciate me if I do something good so I will be motivated to do more good at work.
Just the smile from the one I help and the experience I gained.
I dont need any rewards. Just the satisfaction of giving my employer 100%
Making an individual smile and interaction with a diverse group of people.
The feeling of giving back to my community is reward enough.
I dont need any physical rewards. Work is dignity and the rewards come from the desrire to volunteer to see myself make a difference however samll and be part of somethin g that I believe in.
I do not need any rewards, I remain motivated 100% of the time.
When I can see I've helped some how.
Business contact and experience of different roles.
I was always motivated to give my employer 100%, and a good word from your supervisor is also a good motivator.
I set my goals, work hard and get the results expected is most rewarding to me.
I dont need any rewards if I am doing something I like than Ill stay motivated.
Finishing a job that's rewarding.
Working with multi sector and multicultural environment and team work and helping each others.
Working with multi sector and multicultural environment and team work and helping each others.
The positive impact of contributing help is a reward in itself to keep my motivation going.
Knowing that I helped someone & to be encouraged that I continue to be valued.
Any kind that the organisation can reward me with due to my performance.
Nothing really, volunteering itself is motivation personally.
Sometimes it's hard to see evidence of improvement right away when you are helping someone. But there is satisfaction in knowing you did your best.
The satisfaction of my clients is enough motivation for me.
The feeling that I helped my community is a reward to me.
For this project, there are no physical rewards being needed as being able to contribute to the financial health of the social enterprises is something that already satisfies and motivates me. Besides meeting like-minded individuals who want to contribute back to the society further makes me motivated.
If I can contribute some ideas like activities to improve the organization.
I want to gain work experience and to give back to the community.
The satisfaction I get when I offer a helping hand.
To receive my wage on time, to invite for a lunch sometimes.
No reward is needed for me to stay motivated. Helping others motivates to work harder and just to see my positive impact that I have contributed on other is very rewarding for me.
Work rewards me with dignity, which motivates me to work harder. Seeing the positive impact my contribution has on others is very rewarding.
No rewards im motivated by given 100% to my employer.
I am very self-motivated, I do not require rewards to stay motivated. I also believe that the reward of serving others is I huge benefit of volunteering.
Making people proud is what motivates me. The thought of that is what keeps me going and keeps me from not giving up. That being said, in this type of setting, I would feel motivated to give it my all and not let you or your staff down.
The knowledge that my work is meeting expectations, and that it is benefiting those who I am working for.
Just the thought of helping people is enough to me. I enjoy customer satisfaction and working hands on with people.
A meal celerbration or just a thank you.
How stay just somebody saying good job is enough I just like to feel like I'm doing the right thing or am working hard hats all it takes.
I dont need many rewards, the smile on the face of somebody I am helping is enough to keep me going because I know that I am making a difference in their life.
Work is dignity, helping others motivates me to work harder. The satisfaction of the others gives me a positive feeling.
To see that im not only happy but to see the smiles on peoples faces when I help them and know that im not just doing this for me.
It is rewarding for me notice a positive change after my work is done.
None at all. I am a naturally self motivated person. The only reward I can say that is rewarding is knowing that no good deed goes unpaid.
Encouragement, that I am doing well from supervisors.
I am a self motivated person but good words from supervisor also helps to stay motivated.
No rewards necessary to stay motivated. I am motivated by giving my employer 100%
The kinds of reward that I need to stay motivated are to have communications skills so that I can get to a point without and doubt of a feeling.
I just need positive outcomes.
Good word from supervisors.
I like all time to be busy.
Compliments from my supervisors or patients that I am taking care of will make me stay motivated.
No rewards necessary to stay motivated. I am motivated by giving my employer 100%
Seeing the happiness my work brings other is the best motivation.
Appreciate me if I do a good work.
Work is dignity, helping others motivates me to work harder as seeing the positive impact my contribution has on others is very rewarding.
I am usually a very motivated person, I set goals and look at them everyday and work toward achieving them.
Working is the reward itself, the satisfaction of others give me a positive feeling.

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