What Motivates You?


Money - right motivation or not?Analysts analyze results; monitor variances; identify trends; recommending actions to management, day in, day out. This job can definitely become repetitive, and therefor the interviewers wonder what would keep you motivated in job.

We work for money–that’s truth, since nobody would go to work without getting paid. But you should try and name different factors of motivation in your answer, since money would be a bad answer (though an honest one).

Work itself can be motivating

Routine is not boring. Just think about it. You take shower every day – it’s routine. But it’s not boring! It’s the same with regular football match you play, or any other activity you do. If you like doing it, repetition won’t bother you. You can use the same approach to work.

Alternatively, you can pick one of the following factors of motivation:

  • Good relationship with your colleges
  • Achieving good results and professional recognition
  • Career growth possibilities the role of an analyst offers


Sample Answers

Illustration of anlyzing the data

I prefer routine to creativity. Once I learn to do things, I do my job well and have a good feeling about doing it. Jobs where you have to learn new things every day are not really for me. I enjoy analyzing things, the activity itself motivates me.

I always wanted to have a job in which I can have some impact on the results of the business. I believe that with a good financial analysis, I can help the company to make right decisions. It is an important and responsible position and this motivates me to perform my duties on a high level.

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