Motivation Interview Questions

Motivation Interview Questions and Best Answers

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Motivation interview questions are a common part of the interview process. When you're asked about motivation during an interview, the hiring manager is trying to understand what drives your success and whether what motivates you is a fit with the job responsibilities.

What is Motivation?

Motivation can be defined as the process that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is what causes us to act, whether it is getting a glass of water to reduce thirst or reading a book to gain knowledge.

Motivation involves the biological, emotional, social and cognitive forces that activate behavior. In everyday usage, the term motivation is frequently used to describe why a person does something.

Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation

Different types of motivation are frequently described as being either extrinsic or intrinsic. Extrinsic motivations are those that arise from outside of the individual and often involve rewards such as trophies, money, social recognition or praise.Intrinsic motivations are those that arise from within the individual, such as doing a complicated crossword puzzle purely for the personal gratification of solving a problem.

What Motivates You?

If you are motivated by factors that aren't involved in the job description it's going to be a flag for the interviewer. For example, if you say you're a person motivated by interpersonal communications and working with the people, but the job is an accounting position with little interaction with others, you won't be considered a good fit for the job.

Before you interview, review the job description and find out as much as you can about the position. Then, tailor your responses to what would be a good match for what the employer is seeking in a candidate. Also, review these examples of motivational skills.

Your response will vary based on your background and experiences, but, you will want to be positive, and share your enthusiasm and what you liked best about your last or current job.

Here are some examples of motivation interview questions and best answers.

Best Motivation Answers

The best answers to motivation questions are honest and yet should also connect to the job you are going for; they should strongly suggest that you would be highly motivated by and suited to the work.

So, when preparing to answer this question, you should think about:

  • What do you enjoy doing? Think about your course and your wider interests. What do they have in common?
  • What have you enjoyed while working at your part-time jobs or internships?
  • What sort of tasks are you best at? In what sort of environments (busy, deadline-driven, loud, quiet, etc..) do you work the best?

Whatever you say, you need to back it up with examples from your studies, work experience and/or extracurricular activities, and it should relate to the skills and aptitudes required for the job you’re going for.

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