Interview Question: What is Your Dream Job?

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Dream Job

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"Tell me about your dream job?" can be a tricky interview question. Even though your dream job might have nothing to do with the job you're interviewing for, don't mention it if it's not related. Instead, you should make an effort to connect your answer to the position you're interviewing for.

What is Your Dream Job?

In the interview, your potential employer will likely focus on figuring out whether or not you have the right skills to be successful in the job.

However, they'll also be interested in how motivated you are to perform the job, and whether or not you will be satisfied with the position. This interview question helps them assess your motivation.

What to Mention

Ideally, your response to the question should reference some elements of the job you're applying for. For example, if the position is a customer service job, you might say that your dream job would have a high level of interaction with customers.

In order to prepare your answer, brainstorm what appeals to you in the job at hand. Do you enjoy solving problems, or mediating conflicts? Do you thrive under pressure? Do you consider yourself a “people person” who likes to engage with clients or with the larger community? Go back to the job listing, and look through the job description and requirements to find what most excites and interests you about the position.

Create a Job Profile

Think of what you want in a job, and create a “profile” of your ideal job that includes some of those functions.

Your “dream job” doesn’t have to be a specific position, like “Account Executive” or “Public Relations Director,” but can instead include different responsibilities you would enjoy having as part of your position. Your profile can also include skills you enjoy using, and the type of company culture you thrive in.

Make sure some of those elements match the description of the job for which you are applying.

Share Examples

Your answer can be more convincing if you reflect on why you found these types of activities rewarding in the past, and how your skillset matches the type of job you're after. Be ready to share some examples of how you have enjoyed utilizing those skills in the past.

Focus on the Present and the Future

Another way to answer the question is to mention a certain goal you would like to reach through your “dream job.” For example, if you're applying for a job with a non-profit environmental organization, you might mention that an essential element of your dream career would be a role that advances the green agenda.

Ultimately, the key to answering “Tell me about your dream job?" is to convey your long-term interest in a high-level position, without overshadowing your interest in the job you’re applying for.

Sample Answers

  • What I look for in a job, and what I love about this customer service representative position, is the ability to utilize my communication and customer service skills. I love interacting with customers and quickly and effectively problem solving with them. Down the road, after becoming an expert in your product line and developing strong relationships with your customers, I would love to work in sales.
  • My dream job involves an extensive amount of teamwork, such as regular staff meetings and group projects. I love that this job emphasizes communication among colleagues and between management and staff. My previous job was 50% team projects, and I am excited to continue that kind of teamwork and open communication here.
  • My dream job would allow me to develop web content for a variety of companies. I love getting to know different clients, and developing content to suit their unique needs. For example, in my last job, I worked for clients in industries ranging from healthcare to education, and received praise for my work with a variety of companies. I love that this job would allow me to work with a range of clients.

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