14 Interview Questions Hiring Managers Can Ask to Identify Motivated Candidates

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A hiring manager’s worst fear is onboarding the wrong candidate. It can cost the company time, money and effort, which is why a manager should try to gather as much information as possible during the interview process to land the right employee. When trying to identify motivated candidates, traditional interview questions can fall short in achieving this goal. That’s why more and more hiring managers are relying on a behavioral interview style instead.

Behavioral style interview questions rely on the assumption that past performance and behaviors are the best way to predict future performance and behaviors. These type of questions can give a hiring manager a better idea of how a potential employee would respond to a given situation based on how they responded to the situation in the past. Managers can tailor the behavioral questions to fit the specific role, the potential situations that they envision developing and the particular nuances of the job they are seeking to fill. This can help achieve the desired outcome of identifying the motivated and ‘best fit’ candidates to help your organization thrive.

According to INC.com, here are 14 interview questions hiring managers can ask to identify motivated candidates:

  1. Tell me about a time when you went beyond your manager’s expectations to get the job done.
  2. Tell me about a time when you faced multiple hurdles while trying to achieve a goal. How did you react and what steps did you take to overcome those obstacles?
  3. Think about a specific day you had at work when you felt particularly satisfied with your accomplishments. Can you describe what happened that day and what made it a good day for you?
  4. If you were working with a team that was not motivated, how would you keep yourself motivated and inspire others to become more motivated?
  5. Can you describe the work environment or culture in which you are most productive and happy? What specific elements of that environment contribute to your productivity and happiness?
  6. Describe a time when you faced a challenging task or project. How did you stay motivated to complete it?
  7. Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond your job requirements. What motivated you to do so?
  8. Describe a project or initiative you took on that you felt passionate about. How did you stay motivated throughout the process?
  9. Can you share an example of a time when you set a challenging goal for yourself? How did you stay motivated to achieve it?
  10. Tell me about a time when you had to work on a project that was not particularly interesting to you. How did you motivate yourself to stay focused and complete the work?
  11. Describe a time when you received recognition or praise for your work. How did that motivate you to continue performing at a high level?
  12. Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult team or client. How did you stay motivated and engaged in the work despite the challenges?
  13. Describe the work environment or culture in which you thrive and feel most motivated. How have you sought out or created such an environment in the past?
  14. Share an example of a time when you took initiative to improve a process or solve a problem at work? What motivated you to take on that challenge?

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