How to Answer: What Motivates You?

first_img Sometimes, the best way to answer a question well is to know which answers just don’t work. Really bad answers might include: “I’m looking for a big home, and the only way I can afford it is to make more money.”“I am motivated to perform so I don’t lose my job.””I’m motivated by the idea of moving up the corporate ladder.”Unfortunately, talking about personal, surface-level motivations doesn’t — excuse the pun — motivate an interviewer to hire you. On the contrary, it makes you sound as if you’re only showing up for the paycheck, and what kind of hiring manager is looking for that? Instead, when you answer this question, you must connect what motivates you to the job or company itself, in order to highlight how you would be a beneficial addition to the team. Now that you know how to answer this question, here are some other articles to help you prepare for any interview you might have!50 Most Common Interview QuestionsHow to Answer: “Tell Me About Yourself”7 Things to Research Before Any Job InterviewHow to Answer: “What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?”The Ultimate Job Interview Preparation GuideHow To Give Original Answers To 7 Cliché Interview QuestionsTop Questions to Ask in an Interview, According to a Hiring ManagerHow to Prepare for a Behavioral Interview8 Things to Bring to Every Job InterviewHow to Succeed in a Case Interview Why Interviewers Ask “What Motivates You” How — and How Not — to Answer “What Motivates You” Sample Answers to “What Motivates You” This is not an answer you want to wing. Ramble on, and you could turn a hiring manager off. But there are two easy steps you can take beforehand to knock this answer out of the park. Do your research. First, read the job description and its requirements over and over. If you’re familiar with the job, then you can tailor your answer to better fit the position. For example, if the job description says that the employer is looking for a person that is “a self-starter and a resourceful problem solver,” then saying you’re motivated by the opportunity to be proactive and work independently in a position might sit well with the interviewer. It’s also worth researching the company’s mission and values to see if you can align your answer with them — for example, if you’re interviewing with a nonprofit, you might say that you’re motivated by the chance to make a difference in the world.Prepare an anecdote. It’s one thing to say that you’re motivated by the chance to work as a problem-solver, but another entirely to share an anecdote about how your quick thinking saved the day during a previous work crisis. When you answer “what motivates you,” explaining your motivation as well as providing an example of that motivation at work is a winning combination.center_img Learn More! How to Prepare for “What Motivates You” There are a lot of reasons a hiring manager or interviewer might ask this question, but you can count on at least two things they’re getting at — they want to know if your personality will fit the open position, and see if you know yourself well enough to explain what drives you.When it comes to the former, a potential employer will try to see if your values — as well as the way you work and the incentives you like to receive — align with what they can offer in the job. As for the latter, knowing yourself well is an indicator that you are a clear-headed, proactive, thoughtful person — the kind any company would gladly want to add to its team. With all of this in mind, some good answers might be:“Working together as a team and contributing toward something greater than myself are my two biggest motivators. At this company in particular, I think I would be constantly motivated by the highly collaborative environment and your mission of bringing people closer together through technology.”“I’m motivated by the opportunity to identify challenges and help people overcome them — for example, at my last company I led an effort to evaluate and overhaul our onboarding process, which resulted in 20% higher satisfaction scores at 90-day check-ins across the entire company.””What I find the most motivating is setting ambitious goals for my team and coaching my direct reports so that we can achieve them. In my current position, we set a target of booking $2 million in revenue during Q4, which we knew would be challenging, but doable as long as we continuously pushed ourselves. The feeling of coming together and hitting our quota with a week left in the quarter is something I’ll never forget!”Most hiring managers are far more interested in a potential employee whose motivation is position- or company-centric versus the “feel good” answers some are compelled to give. Remember, authenticity is key!last_img read more

Real Madrid president Florentino wants to end Bernabeu whistles

first_imgReal Madrid president Florentino Perez admits he wants the whistling at the Santiago Bernabeu to end.Cristiano Ronaldo, particularly, was targeted by home fans last season.Perez told Marca: “That is another topic. To be called out by a small group of fans, it seems fatal, for Ronaldo or any other. If we have a sense of belonging, that the players are ours and are part of our family, it is not normal to be jeered by someone. It’s not normal to whistle someone in your family.””I’m going to work so that does not happen because, in addition, it’s a very small group. Another thing is the demands, which are good because we all want more. It is not normal to throw stones against your own roof. Other media and other teams benefit from us doing so. He knows it and I know it. “He asked not to be punished. I have also said this and it is a surpassable subject, but I think he is more hurt because they consider him as a criminal, a person who has done a lot for football, for Real Madrid and for everything. We have to be very grateful. Some have gone too far in their attempts to hurt Real Madrid.”last_img read more

Arsenal inactive in the transfer market until Alexis and Ozil are sorted

first_imgArsenal will not complete any more transfer business this summer.That is until the contract negotiations of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have concluded, says football expert Julien Laurens.”He (Lacazette) is the priority, I think nothing can happen without sorting out the Sanchez and Ozil situation, that’s the problem,” Laurens said on ESPN FC.”That’s why I think people at the club are maybe getting a little bit frustrated. “If nothing happens with Sanchez and Ozil, the rest of the business can’t be done, they need to sort that out. “Whether they stay or go, they need to sort that situation out before thinking about signing other players or even selling other players.”last_img read more

Derby coach Phillips defends Hughes sale to Watford

first_imgDerby County coach Kevin Phillips has defended the sale of Will Hughes to Watford.Some County fans are upset Derby boss Gary Rowett has agreed to sell the England U21 international and ex-trainee to Watford for £8million.Phillips,43, speaking at the Icons golf tournament at The Belfry, responded: “I am sure Will will be suited for the Premier League.“But he has moved on and we will move on.“The manager is not afraid to make decisions which is right.“I think what you have to do is find players in the Championship who are quite robust and can go Saturday to Tuesday and again.“Statistically if you look at teams who win the Championship they don’t make many changes.“So that is what Gary is trying to do to get a team to play week in week out, it is very difficult because everyone is looking for those players.“But we have already made two additions with Andre Wisdom and Curtis Davies and I am sure there will be another couple of additions.last_img read more

Man City go for Monaco fullback Mendy as part of 3-player push

first_imgManchester City are chasing AS Monaco fullback Benjamin Mendy.Mendy is one of three fullbacks City are in talks to sign.The Daily Mail says City are hopeful of striking a deal to sign Monaco’s £40m-rated left-back Mendy before flying out to the US on July 17 to play Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham.Dani Alves is expected to be the first through the Etihad door after Juventus agreed to cancel his contract. The Brazilian was one of Pep Guardiola’s first signings at Barcelona in 2008, and is set to rejoin his old boss on a two-year deal at City.At the age of 34, Alves is likely to be second-choice behind Kyle Walker if City can agree a fee with Tottenham for the 27-year-old England right-back. City have offered £40m for Walker but Spurs are holding out for an additional £10m.last_img read more

Cresswell: Hart told me Zabaleta will be great for West Ham

first_imgAaron Cresswell has welcomed new signing Pablo Zabaleta to West Ham.The Hammers left-back is looking forward to sharing a dressing room, training ground and pitch with the experienced Argentinian, who will formally complete his move to east London from Manchester City on Saturday.“Watching him throughout his time with Manchester City, which was nearly a decade, the things Pablo Zabaleta did for that club were fantastic, winning Premier League titles cups and the like,” Creswell told “He will now bring those qualities, his loyalty and experience to West Ham and his presence will only help us, not only his fellow defenders but the whole team.“I spoke to Joe Hart while I was away with England and Joe could not have spoken any higher of him, saying he is a great teammate, a great lad and top professional.“His quality is there for all to see, so he is a great addition to the squad. Pablo will not only make his presence felt on the pitch, but his experience will rub off on the young lads around the training ground.”last_img read more

People (women especially) say they’re really generous

first_imgToday SunTrust Bank’s PR agency (Edelman) sent me a summary of a survey the bank conducted in advance of their new charity promotion. SunTrust is giving new checking account customers $100 to donate to the new customer’s favorite charity or a $50 gift card that customers can spend on themselves. The telephone survey of 2,058 adults over the age of 18 found this:More than half of respondents (59%) said they would prefer to give the donation to charity rather than get the cash (33%) for themselves. I asked Edelman the obvious: Now that the charitable promotion, called MyCause, is underway, are that many people really choosing charity over cash? The reason for my question is, people are notoriously bad predictors of their behavior. They tend to answer what they feel they should say rather than what they really think. In my book, I tell the story related by Kristen Grimm about everyone in a focus group claiming how much they’d love a yellow boom box. As they left, they were given a gift of a boom box, and they got to choose the color. Most everyone picked black over yellow. This is a limitation of research that’s probably even more pervasive with charity — we all want to look charitable, after all.Edelman said it’s too soon to tell, but I look forward to hearing more about the results when they are in. I hope people really are that generous, because I’d like to see giving-related promotions succeed.SunTrust also asked a bunch of questions about past charitable activities (which is probably more sound than predictive data), and the results are very interesting. I applaud them for sharing this data, so we can learn from it. I also applaud SunTrust for incorporating charity into their promotions. Here’s the run-down:-Nine in 10 Americans regularly donate to charitable causes-Women are more likely than men to give to a charitable cause (93% vs. 87%); women are also more inclined to choose the $100 SunTrust donation over the cash incentive (65% vs. 54%) -Younger Americans (18-34 year olds) are also more generous with their non-monetary support than older Americans (35+ years old), and are more willing to purchase products to support a cause, volunteer with the organization, attend fundraisers and participate in large-scale events. They are also more likely to wear bracelets or other accessories associated with a cause. -Respondents were also most likely to support causes relating to their church or other religious organization (53%); to organizations that combat hunger and poverty (50%); or to provide disaster relief from hurricanes and other natural catastrophes (48%). The non-profit organizations least likely to receive donations from survey respondents were those supporting animal causes (32%) [Note: this was pre-Michael Vick]; environmental issues (25%); or the arts and culture (21%). -The survey also found that most Americans don’t have an “either/or” approach to supporting their favorite causes: Those who had made recent monetary donations to charity are also significantly more likely (94%) to support non-profit organizations in other ways than those who haven’t donated recently (74%). -On average, Americans spend 4.1% of their annual household income on charitable causes; those over 55 years of age donate the largest percentage (4.6%) versus those 18-34 (3.8%) -Across gender, age and region, Americans were most motivated to give back for two reasons: It’s the right thing to do (89%) and because they want to help others (88%). Just 26% of respondents say they donate money to receive a tax write-off -Three-quarters of Americans (76%) prefer to support their charity of choice by giving money instead of by volunteering time-Southern adults donate the highest proportion (4.5%) of their income to charitable causes, followed by the Midwest (4.2%), the West (4.0%) and the Northeast (3.6%) -Two in three Americans (63%) give money directly to people in need, such as those on the street or via churches and community organizations -Seven in 10 Americans are inclined to do business with companies that give back to their communities For more details about the SunTrust “My Cause” poll or promotion, go here.last_img read more

White-Collar Unionism

first_imgAs well as being a member of the Freelancers Union, I am also on the mailing list of the Newspaper Guild/ Communications Workers of America (CWA), a union affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Their newsletter this month featured a point-counterpoint on a question close to the Freelancers Union’s heart: “Do white-collar workers need a different kind of unionism?” The “yes” writer, Jim Grossfeld, compared old-school unionism’s message to an old-time religion out of date for today’s younger, career-oriented, educated workers. He argues, based on focus group interviews, “In truth, white-collar workers do see the value in having some kind of workplace organization, just not the kind they think the labor movement is offering.” What kind of labor organization do we want? Grossfeld’s focus groups pricked up their ears at examples of new unions that take a nonadversarial approach by working with management to solve tough workplace problems and make workers happier, and that give nontraditional workers access to portable healthcare and pension benefits (ahem). He urges both the Democratic Party and the labor movement to promote these new groups to white-collar workers rather than sitting around “hoping they become class conscious”. I thought the counterpoint response was just as thought-provoking. Andy Zipser of the Newspaper Guild insists that labor and management are and must be adversarial. We should be rebuilding class consciousness, he says, not ignoring it: “Classâ€? is an integral component of a capitalist economy and entirely the reason why unions were created in the first place.” Personally, I feel the strength of his message not in the ideology, but in the solidarity of it. Those of us who work for ourselves have a hard time fomenting rebellion against the boss. On the other hand, I don’t know how organizations like the Freelancers Union will achieve our long-term vision of a new social safety net and a new New Deal without fostering a strong sense of unity among all the “little guys.”last_img read more

Announcing Mint for Windows!

first_imgMinters, you’ve been asking and we’ve heard you loud and clear.We are happy to announce that Mint is now available on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8!Did you hear that? We just gave you a virtual high five.Mint Gets the Windows TreatmentMint provides users with a convenient way to view all of their financial accounts in one place and easily create & stick to budgets – on their PCs, tablets, and smart phones.The Mint apps for Windows and Windows Phone provide users with live, up-to-date information about their financial accounts, bill reminders and personalized money advice right from their Start screen.Plus, besides being able to links user to more than 20,000 different bank, credit card, loan and investment accounts, Mint Windows users get a consolidated view of their money using real-time updates via Live Tiles.The Mint You Know and LoveMint for Windows may have a whole new look and feel, but it’s still the Mint you know and love.The Mint apps empower users to:Monitor accounts anytime, anywhere. Up-to-date account information is easily accessed on Windows Phones, tablets, laptops and PCs.Track spending. Transactions are automatically categorized to simplify money management, giving users the ability to organize their finances and create customized budgets.Find ways to save. Mint suggests easy-to-follow steps to save more money based on users’ spending.Enter or edit pending transactions. Add transactions at the time of purchase and instantly see available bank and credit balances.Managing your money on-the-go just a whole lot awesomer.See? We’re so excited we are even making up words now!Are you ready to start building a better financial future?Download the free Mint for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 app today! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more

Millions MORE of us should be taking antidepressants: Largest-ever study claims the pills DO work and GPs should be dishing them out

first_imgAntidepressants are highly effective and should be prescribed to millions more people with mental health problems, researchers declared last night.After the largest-ever study, the Oxford University-led team said they had wanted to ‘give the final answer’ to the controversy of whether or not the pills effectively treat depression.Their study, which examined 120,000 people in more than 500 trials across three decades, concluded emphatically that antidepressants do work.And although prescription rates have soared in recent years – with 10 per cent of British adults now on antidepressants – the researchers warned that only one in six people was receiving effective treatment for depression, suggesting that millions more should be given the pills.They hope their findings will encourage GPs to prescribe the drugs for people with the more severe forms of the illness.Professor Andrea Cipriani, who led the six-year review of international research, said the findings were proof that antidepressants should be used more. He added: ‘Antidepressants are an effective tool for depression. To under-treat depression is a huge problem we need to be aware of. Not the right people are getting access.’Professor John Geddes, Oxford’s head of psychiatry, said: ‘This isn’t just a bit of common unhappiness, this is a major mental health problem that really is devastating for an awful lot of human lives. Poor access to available treatment would not be tolerated if it related to high blood pressure or cancer.’The researchers looked at the effectiveness of 21 antidepressants. The study, funded by the research arm of the NHS, found some were more effective than others, but concluded they all reduced symptoms of depression more than a placebo.It found that half to two-thirds of patients – typically suffering with symptoms including loss of self-worth, tiredness, sadness and disturbed sleep – would benefit from treatment.Professor Carmine Pariante, spokesman for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: ‘This analysis finally puts to bed the controversy on antidepressants, clearly showing that these drugs do work in lifting mood and helping most people with depression.’The report comes just months after a report ranked the UK fourth out of 29 Western countries in a league table of antidepressant use. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found people in the UK take nearly twice as many antidepressants as those in France, Italy or Holland, five times as many as those in Korea and eight times as many as in Latvia.Glyn Lewis, professor of psychiatric epidemiology at University College London, said: ‘Antidepressants often receive a bad press but this paper shows they have a role in the management for people with depression.’Sourcelast_img read more