Interview Question: “What are You Passionate About?”

Why employers ask “What are you passionate about?”

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?

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

1. Select an idea, activity, hobby or skill you’re genuinely passionate about.

To avoid coming across unenthusiastic or flat, select a passion you can speak about confidently. If nothing comes to mind, think about something you do that makes time pass quickly or something you look forward to doing. It can be as simple as exercising or trying new food. As long as you can speak about it with excitement and knowledge, it will be helpful for employers.

2. Explain why you’re passionate about it.

Take a moment to explain why your answer makes you excited. Ideally, this can be something general that relates back to skills or experience that will be useful in the job you’re applying for. For example, if you’re passionate about cooking, you can connect it back to taking calculated risks, following instruction and being creative. These are valuable skills in any job.

3. Give examples of how you’ve pursued this passion.

Next, explain what steps you take to participate in or advance your passion. If your passion is equal rights for people, for example, you might explain how you volunteer with certain organizations or actively participate in projects for underprivileged communities. This shows employers you’re committed to your passion and are actively working to pursue what motivates you.

4. Relate it back to the job.

You should end your answer by relating your passion back to the position and why you’re the best fit for the job. For example, if you’re passionate about writing and are interviewing for a role in PR, there are obvious connections you can make with your skills as a writer. You can also explain that writing takes consistent practice to get better, which is something you bring into your practice as an employee.

Example answer for “What are you passionate about?”

Here’s an example answer for the common interview question, “What are you passionate about?” to use as inspiration when preparing your own answer to this question.

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