“What motivates you?” sounds like a pretty intense question! Here’s how to answer in an interview.
This question aims to understand your own personal interests and values. It is completely possible to present yourself as a well-rounded person with a life outside the workplace, although you might want to draw on professional motivations more than family or money (unless the role is sales).
The answers to this depends on the person, and the role you are interviewing for. If you’re applying for a commission-driven sales role, then being motivated by money shouldn’t be viewed as a negative. Or if you’re interviewing for a non-profit, you probably want to have similar values as the organization you are applying for.
This question is a way for recruiters to see if your motivations align with the company culture. Start by reading the company website to understand their own values and style.
You can also search the company on LinkedIn and find an employee that you have a mutual connection with. You may be able to strike up a conversation with them to get a firsthand view of the inner workings of the company.
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