Motivation in the workplace is very important. When hiring employers use effective interviewing techniques to be able to find employees that will be motivated. By asking the right motivational interviewing questions they can find the employee they want.
For example, if a potential employee is asked, “How motivated do you feel you are?” It’s really a pointless question since even the most unmotivated person is going to reply, “I’m highly motivated. If you hire me…”
On the other hand, if an employer uses motivation interviewing questions that begin with words like what or why, they are much more likely to encourage conversation that will give them a truer answer about just how motivated the person being interviewed really is.
Here are some motivational interviewing tips to prepare you to answer these questions and improve your chances of getting the job.
Examples of Questions & Answers
Here are some of most commonly asked motivational interview questions and answers.
Question: Tell us what you liked most about your last job, and what you found most exciting.
Why do employers ask this question?
Employers know that when a person likes their job they will outperform other employees. Don’t make the person interviewing you feel like the only reason you are at this interview or is because you had no other options left.
When asked the question show just how enthusiastic you are about the idea of getting this job and working for this company.
Examples of Answers:
- If you are a journalist, you can say that you found it exciting to be covering a new story every day.
- If you are a programmer, you can say that you found the daily challenges of working with technology exciting.
Question: Did you set up personal goals? Were you successful? Why do you feel you were successful?
Why do they ask these questions?
A job should not just be your professional ambition. It should also be your personal ambition. When you tell an interviewer both your professional and personal goals it shows how ambitious and motivated you are.
- My professional goal is to become a district manager with company XYZ, and my personal goal is to pay off my home within 10 years.
- My professional goal is to win the Pulitzer, while my personal goal is to adopt two children from a third world country.
Question: Would you say you are a self-starter? What would you say motivates you?
What do they want to know about you?
Employers love people who are self-starter and who can show initiative on their own.
In fact, in today’s corporate climate many employers would hire a motivated, self-starter with less experience over a veteran who has no initiative and must be under constant supervision.
- I work well as a team player, but I also do great taking on projects on my own. At my previous job I took the initiative to find a solution to our high theft rate and implemented a system that curbed the theft rate by 50%. I’m motivated by a challenge and finding a solution to that challenge.
These motivational interviewing tips will help you see what the interviewer is looking for in your answers. The better you are at showing enthusiasm and giving examples of how you are motivated, the more likely you are to get the job.