Over years I feel like I mastered answering the questions to a tee - I figure you know what they want to hear, give them what they want to hear, and usually you're onto the next stage of the recruitment process.
More often than not, one of the questions early on in the piece to sift out the stragglers in the line up for the job was "What really motivates you in your work"
They used to like an answer to be one of the following answers:
- I motivated by working with a successful team
- I am motivated by the people around me and being in a company that likes to reach goals
- I am motivated by KPI's
- I am motivated to exceed my manager's expectations
- I am motivated by being in a company that is the best in the industry
However now that the shoe's on the other foot and I don't work for the big guys but wholly and solely for myself, I wonder how I would answer this question if a friend asked me over a beer... really honestly, what would my answer be?
Am I motivated by the money
Am I motivated by the freedom
Am I motivated by the fact that I can wear my PJ's all day if I like
Am I motivated by the fact that I can travel and work without having to ask for annual leave
Am I motivated by the fact that I can work less hours or more hours and earn as much as I want based on my needs only
I can't really say which is the biggest motivator - but I can safely say that the freedom, the money and the ability to run my own show could come equal first in my life.
What's your motivation ?