It’s impossible to predict every question you’ll be asked in a graduate job interview, but it’s best to prepare answers for trickier questions such as ‘tell me a bit about you’ and ‘why should we employ you?’.
Though a common interview question, ‘What motivates you at work?’ is one that is particularly difficult to answer and often catches graduates off-guard.
This question is designed to make you reflect on what your goals are at work and how you intend to achieve them.
Often, the best answers to interview questions about your motivation at work will be honest and highlight to the employer that you are a good fit for both the role and their company.
We’ll show you the best answer for ‘what motivates you at work’, explore the various ways employers will ask it, and list the things you should avoid in your what motivates you in your work answer.
To decide on the best way to answer this open-ended interview question, let’s look first of all at why employers might choose to ask it.
Scroll straight to the bottom of the page to see a quick, summary video of how to answer!