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How to Answer: What Gets You Out of Bed In The Morning?

By: Mariah Rogers
Aug 10, 2020 • 6 min read

How to Answer: What Gets You Out of Bed In The Morning?

Do you have a passion that drives you out of bed in the morning, excited to seize the day? Your interviewer might ask you a few questions regarding motivation, but what could be enriching enough to throw off those covers and lift your head from the pillow? In this blog, we will share how to answer the common interview question, “What gets you out of bed in the morning”? Keep reading to find out how to craft an impressive and authentic response.

in the morning

For The Good of Others

Work often requires a lot of teamwork, selflessness, and generosity. You must be willing to donate your time to help others succeed so that you can build trust with other coworkers. Assisting customers and catering to their needs is also a large part of your job at work. Even if you are not a customer service employee, behind the scenes work is also being done to benefit customers.

Example response: I am motivated by helping others and creating an overall excellent customer experience, as well as working in a successful team. 

This answer shows:

  • You are selfless
  • You find motivation in helping others
  • Teamwork is one of your strengths

Reaching Personal Goals

Many people find motivation in achieving personal goals that they have set for themselves. This could be getting a raise, promotion, finishing a project, or solving a difficult problem. This is a great time to share your personal goals with your employer so that they can get a better understanding of who you are and what you hope to achieve both personally and professionally. You will also allow the interviewer to decide if you will be a good fit for the company or not.

Example response: My personal goals motivate me daily, I am passionate about collaboration and teamwork. I strive to be an incredible teammate and always motivate my group.

This answer shows:

  • You are a team-player
  • You set personal goals
  • You’re self-accountable

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Making Yourself Proud

What’s better than making yourself proud? If you work towards making personal gains and overcoming challenges, focus on communicating how you go about making yourself proud during your interview. How do you make yourself proud? Are you independent, a great teammate, a high achiever, a great communicator, or an effective employee? Market your skills and explain how you use success to boost motivation.

Example response: I strive to make myself proud by being persistent and never giving up. I always try again ever after I fail, as I am determined to succeed at everything I do. 

This answer shows:

  • You are resilient and persistent
  • Problem-solving is your strong suit
  • You accept failures and learn from them
  • Having a growth mindset is important to you

Sharpening My Skills

Practice makes perfect! Enhancing your skills and sharpening your talents is a great way to motivate yourself. If you wake up every morning with the drive to improve, let your employer know! This will show the interviewer that you will be an employee who is constantly improving and striving to do better. There is nothing more attractive to a hiring manager that someone who is both motivated and trainable!

Example response: I enjoy sharpening my skills and improving my talents as a way to motivate myself. I am constantly trying to become a better version of myself. 

What this answer shows:

  • You are constantly improving yourself
  • Self-reflection is one of your strengths
  • You are self-motivated

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What Not To Say

It is critical to avoid falling into these traps when responding to this interview question. As with anything, there are some answers that can do more harm than good! Even if you are not a morning person, you’ve got to fake it until you make it. Here are some examples of what not to say as a response to this interview question.

Examples of what not to say:

  • Honestly, I am really motivated by making money and growing my personal savings. Whenever I feel frustrated or un-motivated at work, I always remind myself about that paycheck! 


  • My future goal is to be a CEO. I hope that by networking at my current job, I can work my way up the social and professional latter. Showing up to work everyday brings me closer to a promotion! 


  • I show up to work mainly for the benefits. My current company has great healthcare benefits and more, as I know your company does, too. I also get paid time off! Whenever I feel un-inspired by my work, I remember the perks. 

While these reponses may seem intuitive to avoid, when you are put on the spot by an employer, it is common to speak what is on your mind. These reponses might make you come across as greedy, self-centered, and un-motivated. Be sure to craft a response that plays to your strengths!

More to explore:

  • How to bounce back after a bad interview – here
  • Make the most of your online interview – here
  • 6 strategies to negotiate salary in a job interview – here 

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