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Interview Question: "What Is Your Dream Job?"

November 23, 2020

When interviewing for a job, hiring managers assess what you want from a position and how well you may fit in at a company. To gauge your strengths as a candidate, a potential employer may ask you, “What is your dream job?” In this article, we will discuss how to answer “What is your dream job?” and provide example responses.

Deciding on your dream job

Choosing your ideal position before the interview can ensure you have an effective answer when your potential employer asks “What is your dream job?” Your answer might be a mix of your current skills, values and abilities you would like to develop. You should also consider what kind of lifestyle and achievements you’d like to have and what kind of job would help you attain them. 

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How to answer “What is your dream job?” in an interview

These tips will help you answer an interviewer when they ask, “What is your dream job?” 

1. Mention what skills you want to use

You could begin your answer by discussing your current strengths and skills and how they relate to the job. If you mentioned this earlier in your interview, you can still go into more detail when asked about your dream job. The employer will likely not expect you to currently have every skill you need for your ideal job, so this question also gives you the chance to mention areas in which you would like to grow.

Example: “As I mentioned earlier, I have five years of experience in the food industry, mostly at bakeries. My dream job would be to continue working in bakeries as a manager. Many previous employers told me I work well with people and have great communication skills with my coworkers, so I would like to build on that by advancing into management. I also want to improve my financial skills by learning more about budgeting, payroll and sales.”

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2. Describe a job in general

Instead of discussing a specific job title, discuss the general duties and responsibilities of that position. For example, you could explain how you would love to have a job that helps people and makes a difference in their lives. You could also mention that you want to work with the latest technology because you often spend your free time researching the newest trends and products in the industry.

Example: “My dream job would allow me to make a positive impact on people every day. I would love to work for a company like yours that makes time-saving and life-enriching products that thousands of people use every day. I would love to be part of a team that finds innovative ways to make products more efficient and effective.”

3. Discuss your values

Discussing your values can help your potential employer assess what motivates you and whether you have the same goals as the company. Answering this question is most helpful when you can relate it to the reasons why the company should hire you. You could say that it is important to be accountable as an employee so others can depend on you or that you always keep a positive attitude. If your answer overlaps with the interviewer’s values, it could help you advance in the hiring process. 

Example: “I value teamwork and communication, so I would love to work in a job setting where everyone works together well and holds themselves accountable. I always make sure to finish my assignments on time, and I would love to depend on my coworkers to do the same. I have always been a positive person, which translates to my work as well. Even when working on a challenging project, I find it essential to stay positive about it. I believe this could influence my coworkers to act similarly.”

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4. Tailor your answer for the job you are interviewing for

While your answer should still reflect your general skills and values, you should also make sure it relates to the position you are applying for. When you show an overlap between the requirements of the job you want and the qualities and skills you already possess, you are demonstrating why you would be a great fit for the position. 

Read the job description before your interview so you can include these items in your answer. If you see that you would be working on a team, mention that you enjoy working with others to complete a project, and list any previous success you have had in this area. If applying for a leadership position, discuss how your dream job would include supervisory responsibilities. 

Example: “I enjoy guiding other team members on projects and making sure everything goes smoothly. My dream job would be a leadership position where the other team members are active participants and communication happens daily. I love seeing a project through to the end and celebrating everyone’s hard work.”