This job is repetitive. What would motivate you to do it well every day?


Motivation is a crucial factor for every employer. If they have to choose between inexperienced, but motivated job seeker, and a seasoned assistant with ten years of experience who do not like their job, in most of the cases they will choose motivation over experience.

Repetition makes life boring for many, but not for all! I suggest you to do one of the following things when answering this particular interview question:

  1. Stress that you prefer routine jobs. Some of us do not like challenges or change, and they prefer to carry out the same duties day in day out.
  2. Stress that good relationships on the workplace matter for you, and you do not care about the versatility in job.
  3. Alternatively, you can try to convince the interviewers that from your point of view, a job of an administrative assistant isĀ  not repetitive.

Administrative assistant enjoys her jobNonverbal communication matters

Your nonverbal communication tells a story about your motivation. You should do your best to show enthusiasm in an interview, to smile, to talk positively about everything, to listen carefully. Doing that, they will believe you are motivated to have the job.


Sample answers

To be honest, I prefer routine jobs. I like to know what to do and I need some time to perfect my work.

Good relationships on the workplace matter for me. If I feel like a member of a hard working team, if I enjoy going to job, it doesn’t matter if it is routine or not.

From my point of view, it is not a repetitive job. Of course some tasks repeat regularly, but that’s the case with every other job as well. New problems and challenges occur every other day in an office, which makes the job challenging and interesting. At least that’s how I feel about it.

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