Even the simplest interview questions usually have some hidden meaning behind them. The information the interviewer is trying to uncover is not always apparent, but if you are able to recognize what they are really asking, your answers will greatly benefit.
There are few questions simpler than, “What motivates you and yet, it still has some hidden meaning. The specifics of how you are motivates are not important, but they are interested in whether you are able to motivate yourself. They want to make sure that you will be able to work without a manager’s supervision if you are hired.
Points to Emphasize
Because the specifics are less important, there are many ways to answer this question. The following points should help you nail down what really matters.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
You should choose your words carefully to avoid the interviewer thinking you are not motivated to work with them. Avoid these common mistakes.
Your answer should incorporate specifics to the job you are applying for, but it may resemble this example.
I am able to motivate myself. Instead of relying on managers or other superiors to encourage me, I find that achieving success drives me forward. The satisfaction I get from doing a job better than anyone around me keeps my work at a high level and my morale high, as well.