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The recruiter asks, “What motivates you?” Hmm… Well, um, money, I guess. And fame. Oh, and that generous sick pay you offer.
Yeah, that’s not going to work! It sounds simple enough, but it’s way more of a trick interview question than you might have thought. But don’t worry. We’ll cover how to best answer the delicate what motivates you interview question, what not to say (ever), plus offer some advice on more specific situations.
This interview motivation question guide will show you:
Why they ask what motivates you and what inspires you interview questions.
How to answer what motivates you in a way that wins the interview.
Tips and advice on what to avoid when given that tricky question.
Over a dozen what motivates you answer examples to help you form your own.
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Christian is a career expert and Certified Professional Resume Writer who has been writing for Zety since 2017. From job hunting to acing interviews to settling in on the first days at a new career, his guides cover the entire career spectrum.