It can be difficult to recognize what is really being asked in an interview question. The interviewer is usually trying to uncover a specific piece of information, so if you are able to understand what that information is, you can provide a very strong response.
It is very common for the interviewer to ask about your motivation. A common phrasing is, “What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job Not only are they interested in your motivation habits, they want to ensure that you are the type of employee that will go the extra mile. The specifics of your motivation are less important than confirming that you can remain motivated.
Points to Emphasize
There are many acceptable answers to this question. The way you answer is more important than the answer itself. Follow these tips to ensure your response is appropriate.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
There are many ways you could communicate the wrong idea with this question. Choose your words carefully and avoid these common mistakes.
Use the following example to prepare your answer.
I have always provided my own motivation. I recognize that it is up to me to succeed, so I always try to go above and beyond. I am accountable to others, but I am also accountable to myself, so I find that I have a good work ethic, even when I am not working directly under a superior.