How To Answer “How Do You Motivate Your Team?”

In a job interview you might get the interview question: “How do you motivate your team?” or “Describe how you motivate employees“. In this article, you’ll find a perfect example answer and useful interview tips.

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Before we start, why do recruiters ask this question? Being a motivator is one of the most important traits a manager can have. Motivated employees are productive employees. You can have a team of experienced and knowledgeable people, but if their motivation is low it affects their productivity and work quality.

Example Answer

“What works in this type of business, correct me if I’m wrong, is leading by example. I believe that tech-savvy employees need a hard-working, technically inclined manager that understands the industry.

In the workplace however, I set objectives and milestones per employee and create a shared vision to stimulate common interests and a sense of shared purpose. This approach works best in my opinion.

I also noticed that a compliment, positive feedback or saying “We can’t do this without you” can brighten up someone’s day. I believe that a feeling of being valued and appreciated is what motivates people.”

Interview Question Tips

  • Don’t start off by saying: “A company should hire motivated people in the first place“. There is certainly a grain of truth in that sentence, but they seek a candidate with a hands-on mentality. What are you going to do to motivate their existing team, increase moral and productivity.
  • Do adjust your answer to the company culture, workplace and people you’ll manage
  • Do convince the recruiters that you understand the importance of motivation
  • Do show your positivity and excitement to engage with their people (don’t over-exaggerate)