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


Motivation is a crucial factor for every employer. If a recruiter has to choose between inexperienced, but motivated, job seeker and a bored professional assistant with ten years of experience, in most of the cases, he will hire the motivated fresher.

Repetition makes job boring for many of us. Therefor there is this question, to see if you can findĀ motivation in a routine job. You should do one of the following things:


  1. Stress that you prefer routine jobs. Some of us do not like challenges and prefer to have routine roles and carry out the same tasks every day.
  2. Stress that good relationships on the workplace, or other factors, matter for you more than the variability of tasks in job.
  3. Alternatively, you can try to convince the employer that from your point of view, this job is not repetitive.

Administrative assistant enjoys her jobNonverbal communication matters

Your nonverbal communication tells its own story about your motivation to do the job. Please, keep it on your mind. You should do your best to be enthusiastic in an interview, to smile, to talk positively about everything, to listen carefully and so on. Doing all of these, employer will naturally see you are motivated and may not even question your motivation to do the job.

On the other hand, if you are bored or inattentive, it will be clear for every employer that your motivation is low. Do not make such a silly mistake…


Sample answers

To be honest, I prefer routine jobs to creative occupations. I like to know what to do and I need some time to learn to perform my duties perfectly. However, once I learn it, I really enjoy myself at work everyday. Therefore repetitive jobs are the right choice for me.

Good relationships on the workplace matters for me the most. If I feel like a member of a hard working team, if I enjoy going to job and simply being there, it doesn’t matter if a job is routine or not. That is not important at all.

From my point of view, it is not a repetitive job. Of course, some tasks repeat regularly. But that’s the case in every job, isn’t it? There are new problems and challenges every day and this makes the job challenging and interesting.

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