Employers might seek to understand what motivates you during your interview. They might ask questions like, “What motivates you?”, “What work do you enjoy doing?” or “What are you passionate about?” In this article, we’ll discuss what employers are looking for in your answer and ways you can prepare to answer questions like these..
How to answer, “What are you passionate about?”
To answer this interview question, you can follow a general outline when preparing for your interview:
- Select something you are genuinely passionate about.
- Explain why you’re passionate about it.
- Give examples of how you’ve pursued this passion.
- Relate it back to the job.
Let’s take a closer look at this outline and address each section as you plan for questions like these in an interview.
1. Select an idea, activity, hobby or skill you’re genuinely passionate about
To avoid coming across unenthusiastic or flat, select a passion you can speak about confidently. If nothing comes to mind, think about something you do that makes time pass quickly or something you look forward to doing. It can be as simple as exercising or trying new food. As long as you can speak about it with excitement and knowledge, it will be helpful for employers.
2. Explain why you’re passionate about it
Take a moment to explain why your answer makes you excited. Ideally, this can be something general that relates back to skills or experience that will be useful in the job you’re applying for. For example, if you’re passionate about cooking, you can connect it back to taking calculated risks, following instruction and being creative. These are valuable skills in any job.
3. Give examples of how you’ve pursued this passion
Next, explain what steps you take to participate in or advance your passion. If your passion is equal rights for people, for example, you might explain how you volunteer with certain organizations or actively participate in projects for underprivileged communities. This shows employers you’re committed to your passion and are actively working to pursue what motivates you.
You might also include certain applicable goals to strengthen your answer. For example, if your passion is exercising, you might explain that it is your goal to train for and participate in a certain fitness challenge or competition in the next six months.
4. Relate it back to the job
You should end your answer by relating your passion back to the position and why you’re the best fit for the job. For example, if you’re passionate about writing and are interviewing for a role in PR, there are obvious connections you can make with your skills as a writer. You can also explain that writing takes consistent practice to get better, which is something you bring into your practice as an employee.
Example answer for “What are you passionate about?”
Here’s an example answer for the common interview question, “What are you passionate about?” to use as inspiration when preparing your own answer to this question.
“As a software developer, I’m passionate about creating truly beautiful, efficient digital products to make people’s experience with technology memorable. One of the things I loved about my last job was witnessing the results of my team’s code update and watching as our months of work yielded positive user feedback. Having the opportunity to lead projects from ideation through launch was one of the reasons I was so excited to apply for this role.”
After you answer the question, you should be prepared to further explain or answer follow-up questions if asked. Take time to plan your answer to this and other common interview questions before your conversations. Doing so can help you feel more confident and calm during your interviews.
Explaining your passion during an interview can help employers get a better idea about what motivates you and how you are as a person. Providing a confident, knowledgeable answer with examples that relates back to why you’re a great fit for the job will help employers feel confident about you as a candidate.