Behavioral Job Interview Questions :
What motivates you?
Bad Answer :
Doing a good job and being rewarded for it.
It’s not that this answer is wrong - it’s just that it wastes an opportunity. This question is practically begging you to highlight your positive attributes. So don’t give a vague, generic response - it tells them very little about you. Instead, try and use this question as an opportunity to give the interviewer some insight into your character and use examples where possible.
Good Answer :
I’ve always been motivated by the challenge of meeting a tough deadline - in my last role, I was responsible for a 100% success rate in terms of delivering our products on time and within budget. I know that this job is very fast-paced and deadline-driven - I'm more than up for the challenge. In fact, I thrive on it.
How would your friends describe you?
Bad Answer :
I’m a really good listener.
While being a good listener is a great personality trait, your employer probably doesn’t care all that much. It's unlikely that they’re hiring you to be shoulder to cry on. You'll want to keep your answer relevant to the job you're interviewing for and as specific as possible. If you can, insert an example.
Good Answer :
My friends would probably say that I’m extremely persistent - I’ve never been afraid to keep going back until I get what I want. When I worked as a program developer, recruiting keynote speakers for a major tech conference, I got one rejection after another - this was just the nature of the job. But I really wanted the big players - so I wouldn’t take NO for an answer. I kept going back to them every time there was a new company on board or some new value proposition. Eventually, many of them
actually said YES - the program turned out to be so great that we doubled our attendees
from the year before. A lot of people might have given up after the first rejection, but
it’s just not in my nature. If I know something is possible, I have to keep trying until I get it.
To make our presentation clear, we used a no-frills style of writing. Once you feel comfortable with the basics, you may want to write in a style that better reflects your own personality. To that end, this page will show you letters for a variety of situations written in a variety of styles. Please remember that these are samples, not models to be copied verbatim.
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