Killer Interview Question: What Motivates You To Get Out Of Bed In The Morning?

Killer Interview Question: What Motivates You To Get Out Of Bed In The Morning?

Is it the sweet taste of the first cup of coffee of the day? Is it the joy of seeing your colleagues when you get into work? Or is it the excitement for your next holiday? This week’s KIQ seeks to uncover your motivation for getting out of bed in the morning.

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Brad Jefferson, CEO of video slide show service company Animoto, likes to ask this question when he’s interviewing job candidates. The answer will reveal what the candidate is enthusiastic about and what keeps them going.

Jefferson said it’s important to understand what motivates a person at their core because “there will always be ups and downs in any business and you want to make sure the person will be equally motivated during difficult times, if not more so”.

What Jefferson is looking for is passion. He wants to find people who embody that quality because when you “pursue something that you’re passionate about with people who motivate you, then work is really fun, even during the difficult times”.

How would you answer this question? Let us know in the comments.

[Via Business Insider]


  • That IS a good question, if only because it reminds of the times when I’ve loved my job. Some places I’ve worked, I genuinely wanted to get out of bed and go to work because it was exciting, fulfilling and friendly. Those are the best kind of jobs.

  • I am motivated to get out of bed in the morning by the need to piss and the desire not to wet the bed.

  • Basically the need to pee coupled with a fear of laundry. Imagine all the bedding you would have to wash if you wet the bed… not the mention the mattress!

  • Being woken by my three 18 year old girlfriends encouraging me to snort my morning line of coke and to come see the new Italian supercar being delivered in the driveway.
    In reality of course its the sad fact that if I don’t stagger back onto the treadmill, men in dark ill fitting suits will come knocking on the door, looking angry and asking unpleasant questions.

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