What Motivates You?

By, 11/27/2012

People are motivated by many different things. And this question often comes up in job interviews or workplace performance evaluations. Intuitive as it may seem, this can sometimes be a tough question to answer.

Often the answer will reflect your personal values or goals. So when answering this question, be specific—starting with broad topics and giving concrete examples can be helpful in relaying your thoughts. For example, if career development is important to you, let your interviewer or boss know—but also highlight specific career goals, like being promoted to a different position or transitioning to a different department.

The good news is there’s no right answer to this question—motivation is specific to each person. The interviewer or manager is probably more interested in how you think rather than your specific motivations.