Job Interview Tips Part 7 Motivation Learn English with Julia

Job Interview Preparation Questions – 7 Motivation

Here are some Job Interview preparation questions each followed by useful vocabulary.

Job Interview preparation Questions and key Vocabulary


What is your ultimate professional goal? What do you want to achieve? What is your ideal role or main purpose?
What short-term objectives or micro-goals do you set yourself on a daily basis?
Could you give me examples of experience on the job that you felt were satisfying?

Do you know how to set SMART goals? This acronym stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Timed

These micro-goals are short-term aims which you can apply on a daily basis. They make it possible for you to meet other tougher goals in the medium to long-term. These are considered stepping stones: the idea is to begin with short-term goals to then move on to long-term goals.

These goals can target:

  • productivity
  • efficiency
  • education
  • personal development

Instances of short-term goals:

  • work on performance
  • change jobs
  • get a degree
  • earn a certificate
  • grow your network
  • hone your communication skills

Illustrations of long-term career goals:

  • obtain a promotion
  • earn a management position
  • change careers
  • start your own business
  • feel happier at work
the object of your ambition or effort…
desired results, an aim
to play a large part in success
to improve communication skills: to collaborate effectively
(i.e. How? to attend workshops, to spend more time proof-reading emails before sending them etc.)
to enhance leadership ability: how to attain leadership qualities?
(i.e. drive, motivation, take-charge attitude, initiative…)
to learn new technology used in one’s field: reflect an awareness of emerging technologies and demonstrate willingness to get onboard
to learn about the new office communication tool
to receive upward feedback from team members: gaining your team’s perspective
to provide insight
to understand how your behaviours and practices impact those around you
to demonstrate skills
to enhance skills
to gain new experiences
to strengthen one’s confidence as a leader
to strive for accomplishments, to try hard
to attend and complete training courses
to set medium-term goals
to gain an overall perspective of each department’s daily practices
to have guidelines in place
to build a team culture of open feedback
a performance review

Your Checklist:

  • Research the team culture of the company you are applying for
  • Establish your professional goals

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