What motivates you to do good job?

This is a bit of a tricky question to answer, primarily because while you can honestly answer the question, that answer might not be what the interviewer is looking for. In asking this question, the interviewer wants to know what inspires you, what makes you want to work and be a great employees, and primarily, will you be that employee for them.

Hence, you need to be careful in answering this question, because you do not want to inadvertently give an answer to the interviewer which might make them think that you won’t be motivated enough for the job, which in turn will mean that you will either give a sub-par performance, or leave when your motivation sizzles out.

You shouldn’t lie to this question either, because over time they will find out if you did. But, you don’t want to give an incorrect answer either. So, be truthful, do tell them what motivates you but mold the answers around what you think the interviewer, and in turn the company wants to hear.

Stick to something along the lines of what you enjoy doing, what are you interests and how will they help you in this job. Think about your previous jobs or internships that you may have done, what did you enjoy, what made you get up and go to work every day (other than money of course). Ask yourself what kind of work or tasks do you like to do? What kind of environment do you like to work in? Do you prefer working independently or as part of a team.

Once you know these, factor in the job you are applying for. The skills that would be beneficial to you in this position, as well as what skills you think the company is looking for. Focus your answer on these, and ignore everything else.

Example of an Answer:

While there are many factors that play into motivation, I think the biggest motivating factor for me is my team. My colleagues depend on me to do a great job, and I can’t imagine letting them down. Their belief in me pushes me every single day to do the best job that I can do.

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