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

Motivation of the employees is crucial for every employer. If they have to choose between inexperienced but motivated job seeker, and a seasoned assistant with ten years of experience who does not like their job, in most 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 question:

  1. Stress that you prefer routine jobs. Some of us do not like challenges or changes.
  2. Stress that good relationships in 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 is  not repetitive.


Administrative assistant enjoys her job. We can see two of her colleagues in the background of the picture. All three people are nicely dressed. Nonverbal 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. They have to see your motivation, not only hear you talking about it.


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 the role of an administrative assistant.

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