A key to being happy and good at your job is being motivated. And when you’re happy with your job, you’ll also get more done.
I have been in gathering where questions such as “what motivates/inspires/drives you?” were being asked, and a number of people who responded were grumbling on financial factor.
The fact however is that the interviewer is asking for your self-assessment of what motivates you.
To figure out what your talking points will be, reflect on your past work experience.
What projects made you feel energized? What did you like most about your last job? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What inspires you?
Think about your strengths , as these are a good place to start. What are you great at? What do you have to offer the team? Also, decide on what your interests and passions are. Do any of these overlap with your strengths?
Do not talk about money. Focus on the interesting work (which is actually the number one motivator for most professionals), recognition, tools to do your work and/or the opportunity for future advancement.
If they ask “what about money?” as a follow-up question, you can simply acknowledge that money is important, but if you have an interesting work, you know that the money will follow.
The interviewer is looking for insight into why and how you are motivated to achieve workplace goals and succeed at the job. He will also be seeking to discover whether the factors that motivate you are aligned with the company’s goals and with the role in which you would be working.
Aliko Dangote once said, “Motivation, backed by good planning and correct action leads to success. I believe in hard work and one of my business success secrets is hard work. To succeed in business, you must build a brand and never destroy it.”
As for what motivates me, I love seeing things done appropriately, ensuring resources are well managed to reduce waste, risk and abuse. I’m more driven by promoting operational efficiency to achieve set goals. Being detailed is a strength I have grown with.
Also, being an entrepreneur, desire to create something new, autonomy, wealth and financial independence are some of the things that inspire me to crave for success.
So, in a simple and straightforward question, what motivates you?