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You believe in your mission wholeheartedly.  As a founder, you are fired up to work hard every day. And when funds are tight and resources are limited, or when a crisis like COVID erupts, you need employees to do their best work.

Based on the numerous requests I receive for coaching up unmotivated and underproductive team players, it makes sense to identify a candidate’s motivation and commitment at the hiring phase. Here are some interview questions that may give you a window into a candidate’s motivation to work hard and buy in to the mission:

  • How do you relate to our company’s mission?
  • What is the first thing you do when you are assigned a task with little or no direction?
  • Tell me about a time when almost failed to meet a deadline. What happened? What steps did you take?
  • We may have situations where I need ‘all hands on deck.’ What sacrifices are you willing to make in those situations?
  • Have you ever proposed changes or innovations to the betterment of the company? Were they implemented? Give me an example.
  • What motivates you to meet expectations?

Are you still being fooled by candidates who misrepresent their motivation and commitment to hard work? Perhaps we need to probe further. Contact me at [email protected]

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