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Why employers ask “What are you passionate about?”

1 min read
09 Sep

This is a common interview question employers might ask because it gives them clues to a few different areas about you:

  • What motivates you
  • What your strengths might be
  • What interests you personally and professionally

Because employers want to know the best way to make their teams as efficient as possible, it’s helpful to know what inspires their workforce. Asking what you’re passionate about might help them understand how they need to motivate you if hired. It might also inform them whether you’re able to be committed to a certain task, hobby or enthusiasm and if you’re a well-rounded individual.

They might also as this question to get an idea about your strengths. You likely put time, effort and practice into the skills, hobby or topic that you’re passionate about. Therefore, you probably have certain strengths build around it. For example, if you’re passionate about helping people, you likely have several strong soft skills like communication, organization and empathy.

Lastly, employers might simply ask what you’re passionate about to get a better idea about you as a person. It is helpful to employers to make a personal connection with candidates to see if they are a good culture fit that aligns with the company’s values, beliefs and attitudes. One way to better understand you as a person is to understand what moves you or what you are passionate about.

How to answer, “What are you passionate about?”

To answer this question, you can follow a general outline when preparing for your interview:

  1. Select something you are genuinely passionate about
  2. Explain why you’re passionate about it
  3. Give examples of how you’ve pursued this passion
  4. Relate it back to the job