If you won the lottery, would you still work?

The answer to such a question, no matter in what way it is framed, is always yes. Whenever an interviewer asks whether you will continue to work, whatever the circumstances are you should say yes, even if that is not the case. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, such as you may have to quit if your family member is sick, or you have to move abroad; but for the most part wherever possible, you should say yes.

In asking this question, the interviewer wants to see whether you want to work, or are you just working to pay the bills. If that incentive is taken away, i.e. you don’t have to worry about bills or money, would you still continue to work? This question is investigating your motivation, i.e. do you like to work, do you enjoy the type of work you do, etc. The idea behind it is if you are only working because you have then you will not give your best. You will only put the amount of effort that makes sure you do not get fired. However, if you actually enjoy work then you are sure to give your best, even if it is not required of you.

In answering the question, point out that you will continue to work because you enjoy working. Support your answer by highlighting why you like to work, and why would you continue to work. Try to link these qualities with the job you are interviewing for. This will show that you are genuinely interested in the job. Highlight why you want to work for this company. Your answer should show that you are not looking for just money but that you genuinely want this position. You can also incorporate your future goals and how money will not help you achieve those goals, but perhaps working for this company will.

But do try to be realistic in your answer as well. Don’t over exaggerate or make it seem that work is the only important thing in your life. This may just have the reverse effect of what you want.

Sample Answer:

Yes, I will continue to work even if I win the lottery. I like to work, and to be honest if I am not working or doing something useful, then I just might go stir crazy. And if I have to do something, then why not continue to do this. I enjoy it and it is my passion, one that I hope I get to build upon in this company. Though if I do win the lottery, then I might travel more as I have always wanted to see the world.

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