Interviews: What Motivates You

What the interview question ‘what motivates you?’ is not asking you
This question is not asking you:

  • What are your motivations for applying for the job? 
  • What are your career goals and aspirations?

At least, it’s not asking you these things directly, although you can touch on them in your answer.

It is asking you: what motivates you in life in general?

Why are recruiters asking you about what motivates you?

This question helps recruiters to find out more about you as a person. Your answer can give them some insight into:

  • What makes you tick
  • What you enjoy doing and what you value
  • Whether you would do well in the job role
  • How you would fit into their team.

The best answers to these questions are honest and yet should also connect to the job you are going for; they should strongly suggest that you would be highly motivated by and suited to the work.
So, when preparing to answer this question, you should think about:

  •  What do you enjoy doing? 
  • What have you enjoyed while working at your last/recent job?
  • What sort of tasks are you best at? In what sort of environments (busy, dead-line driven, loud, quiet etc) do you work the best?

For example, are you well-suited to working as part of a team? Do you work at your best when you have an imminent deadline or do you crumble?
Then think about: The skills sought by the employer and the nature of the job you will be doing.


Good answers to the question ‘what motivates you?’

It’s all in the detail. Whatever you say, you need to back it up with examples from your work experience and/or extra-curricular activities, and it should relate to the skills and aptitudes required for the job you’re going for.

So, for example, ‘I am motivated by meeting set targets within deadlines, as it gives me a sense of accomplishment and it's something that I can look back on and say "I achieved that". I'm also motivated by visible results – for example, when I wrote an article for my student newspaper, I got a sense of accomplishment from knowing that up to 16,000 students would read it.’

PowerShell: Duplicate or Rename Site Collection

If you ever wanted to change the site collection URL, or you wanted to create a duplicate of the site collection contents then you can use this PowerShell snippet.

PowerShell: Create a List View using PowerShell

If you ever needed to create a list view using PowerShell, see the below snippet of do this.

GUID Decoder and Encoder

I found this very useful tool that you can use to decode URL guid strings into GUIDable characters.

I believe you will find it useful as well.



PowerShell series: How to set SharePoint Regional Settings using PowerShell

This piece describes how to update or modify the Regional Settings of a SharePoint site collection using PowerShell.This script updates the Regional Setting to English - United Kingdom



You can download a copy of the above as a Powershell script - SetRegionalGB.zip

Mark Jones Repost: Five Fabulous SharePoint Announcements


Firstly, you wouldn't believe how popular last weeks 'SharePoint Developer Tools' list was! At the time of writing this we have had 1933 views and 81 votes. 'ILSpy' and the 'SharePoint Code Analysis Framework (SPCAF)' are currently your joint top leaders. As you have an obvious appetite for lists (and I don’t blame you), we created two more! This week’s lists cover ‘SharePoint Admin Tools’ and ‘SharePoint Migration Tools’. (Don’t forget to add your own and vote for your favourites!)

This week’s announcements …


This list contains all of the big tools like AutoSPInstaller and SharePoint Manager, but there are also a few hidden gems in there.

Link: http://bit.ly/102Dx2F


We set this list up on Monday and it has already seen some aggressive voting. We do have a clear leader to this date, but I won’t give any clues ;)

Link: http://bit.ly/15YYkLU


We are hoping to build 4 fantastic study guides for the SharePoint Certifications that will help others prepare and study. If you are studying for a 2013 exam - can you help share links and resources? As an added incentive we are giving away 120 dollars to the person that contributes most.

Link: http://bit.ly/14TgleG


We very often create regular discussions that encourage healthy debate and one we would love to hear your thoughts on is : “What is a SharePoint Architect ?”. Can you list the roles and responsibilities that a SharePoint Architect should carry out ? Is an Architect really a senior SharePoint Lead Developer, or something much different?

Link : http://bit.ly/18pkKCw


SharePoint-Community.Net has got really busy! We have attracted 800 members in just 6 weeks! Vlad and I soon realised that managing, moderating and running the site on our own wasn’t sustainable. We have day jobs, partners, dogs and children who also need our time ;) To help us we have approached a few members who have already proven themselves as big contributors. These members are now our ‘Community Reps’. As a thank you to them and an opportunity for you to get introduced to them, we have profiled each one in the link below.

Link: http://bit.ly/ZTK1Wo


Remember I mentioned I have a day job? Well it’s working on DocRead for SharePoint. DocRead allows you to send out important documents to groups of users and ask for them to read and confirm them by a deadline. It’s really easy to use for both a publisher and end-user. I’d be so grateful if you could take 2 minutes to have a look. If you work for, or know of an organisation who may be interested, please let us know – if you need an additional incentive, we offer a referral fee!).

Link: http://bit.ly/11HOoSV


As mentioned in our intro, this list is popular! It details over 40 developer tools that you may want to check out.

Link: http://bit.ly/11hoLq0


We have had some really good responses so far, but need more! If you have 5 minutes to spare, let us know what you really think of SharePoint. As soon as we have the results, we will share!

Link: http://bit.ly/17fZmRu


We have just released a *superb* complimentary whitepaper exclusively to community members. This whitepaper has been developed by our very own SharePoint-Community.net co-founder, Vlad Catrinescu. If you are an Admin - you will love this easy to follow guide. (It's also backed up with test results so you can see evidence of the improvements).

Link: http://bit.ly/XTJiSH

Many thanks and have a great Wednesday!

Mark Jones
SharePoint-Community.Net Co-founder & SharePoint Community Group Manager
Original Post Link: http://lnkd.in/SzgssT