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How much does money matter to you?
Alternative and related questions:
How important is money to you?
If you won the lottery, would you stop working?
The meaning behind the question:
No, this question doesn't mean the interviewer is about to make you a derisory salary offer! Although it might not be immediately apparent, this question is actually a close cousin of a question we covered a few pages back, "If you won the lottery what would you do?" The interviewer is looking into what your values are, what motivates and drives you.
Money is of course important to pretty much all of us – but is it what's most important? Whatever your opinion on the subject it's important not to give the impression that it's all that matters to you. That won't impress the interviewer. Instead, shift the focus onto more 'desirable' motivations for you to turn up for work each day instead of staying at home and sitting on the sofa watching TV. And try to make your answer relevant to your current application if at all possible.
I think money probably matters to me about as much as it does to anyone. It's obviously vital and necessary for us to live and prosper but, at the same time, it's not my single most important driving force. I see money very much as a means to an end, not an end in itself. While being appropriately and fairly rewarded for the work I do and for what I achieve for an organisation is naturally something that I take seriously, there are many other factors which motivate, drive and inspire me, in particular the desire to learn and to develop, both professionally and personally. I wouldn't, for example, decide to change jobs purely for financial reasons. There would have to be a number of other positive reasons for me to make such a decision, as indeed there are in the case of the job for which I am now being interviewed. You're offering an interesting and compelling new challenge in a well-regarded organisation with considerable scope for me to progress significantly in my chosen career path.
Word of warning:
As with the previous question, if you work in sales or some other highly money-driven and largely commission-based role then this question takes on a particular importance. The example given above probably won't cut the mustard. They'll most likely be looking for more of a killer instinct!
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More interview questions and answers
Talking about your current employment
- Can you tell me what you enjoy about your current job?
- What will you remember most about your last job?
- Is this the first time you have made an effort to move away from your current employers?
- How do you feel about the possibility of leaving your current job?
- How would you describe your current employer?
Talking about this vacancy
- Wouldn’t you be better suited to working in a larger/smaller organisation?
- How do you feel this vacancy differs from your current role?
- What reservations do you have about your ability to undertake this job?
- Can you describe your ideal working environment to me?
- How do you feel we compare to our competitors?
- What would you say is our Unique Selling Point?
- What would be your analysis of the current trends in our industry/sector?
Understanding your career path, plans and ambitions
- What aspects of your career path would you like to have been different?
- What are your greatest regrets about the path your career has taken?
- What has been the greatest challenge you have faced in your career to date?
- What do you think are your main career options for the next five years?
- What exactly does the word ‘success’ mean to you?
Addressing problems in your career history
- Why did you only stay with this organisation for such a short time?
- Why did you stay with this organisation for such a long time?
Coping with stress and pressure
- Are you able to multitask?
- Can you juggle a number of different projects simultaneously?
- How do you handle rejection/disappointment/failure?
- How do you deal with interpersonal conflict?
- What does tact and diplomacy mean to you?
- What makes for a successful team?
Management and leadership
- Would you describe yourself as a good manager?
- Do you really think you’re management material?
- What is your attitude to delegation?
- Can you give me an example of a time when you had to lead from the front?
- Have you ever had to fire or lay off a member of your staff?
- How would you describe your ideal team member?
Personal and professional development
- In what ways do you intend to improve upon your performance?
- How has your current job prepared you for greater challenges/responsibility?
Interests and activities
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- What newspaper do you take?
- Are you interested in current affairs?
The amateur psychiatrist
- If you won the lottery what would you do?
- Can you tell me about the best teacher you ever had?
- If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
- What are you most afraid of?
Money, money, money
- Why aren’t you earning more?
- How much do you think you are really worth?
- How much does money matter to you?
- Would you still be interested in this job if you current employer offered a pay rise?
- Have you ever had to take a pay cut to keep your job?
- Have you ever asked for but been refused a pay rise?
Author: James Innes