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When asked this in an interview, naturally we would be inclined to shout “This one, of course!” but is this really the kind of answer the interviewer is looking for? Answering this question can be tricky, because chances are for most of us, your dream job has nothing to do with the job you are applying for. I mean, my dream job may be a chocolate tester but that has nothing to do with working in HR. Of course, this isn’t necessarily true for everyone, and lots of people get to do their dream job. However, if you aren’t one of these people, answering this question may take some practice. From this style of question, the interviewer may be trying to learn how motivated you are to perform the job and whether you will get job satisfaction with it. Job satisfaction may be particularly important to the interviewer if the job you are applying for has a higher staff turnover – they want someone who will be happy in the role, not someone who is going to leave after a couple of months.
There is a secret to answering this question in a job interview. The best way to do this is not actually mention a job title, but instead to talk about what sort of roles or qualities your dream job would have. You could include these three things; skills, interests and values. If you include these in your answer This way, you can describe the job you are applying for without sounding like you are just saying “This one, of course!”. So to do this, you need to think about what you enjoy in a job – do you particularly enjoy working with people? Or perhaps problem solving is your thing? Once you know this, you can work out who to apply it to the job you are interviewing for. You can also look at the job listing and see what requirements excite you, and you can then work these into your answer. This is also a chance to let the interviewer know of your job prospects in a higher company position for the long run, without sounding like you aren’t interested in the current position.
Now you know what points you want to include in your answer, here are some general tips on how to answer this question.
1. Sound Interested In Doing The Job You Are Applying For
Whilst you want to sound motivated and that you want to progress in your career, you don’t want to seem like the job you are applying for is just a stepping stone and you have no real interest in the job itself. Instead you want to sound as though you are willing to stay within the profession you are applying for.
2. Be Relevant
As mentioned above, your dream job might be completely different to the one you are applying for. However thats not what interviewers want to hear, so you need to keep it relevant to the actual job.
3. Don’t undersell yourself
Whilst the first point highlights that you don’t want to sound over-ambitious, you also don’t want to undersell yourself. You want to make sure you let the interviewer know you have ambition and drive to progress in your career. Its about finding a happy medium where you sound interested in the current role you are applying for but also that you have career progression goals.
4. Don’t mention job titles
As mentioned above, if you don’t mention the job title you won’t limit yourself to one job. However, if you can describe the qualities you desire in a job, then this can be interrupted to mean the job role you are applying – without saying it outright.
5. Prepare for this question ahead of time
If you are prepared for this question, you can avoid awkward silences and trying to fumble an answer together. So although it is simple, this is a key element of answering this question. Take the advice above, sit down and think about what factors you enjoy in a job and how you can link them to the position you are applying for.
6. Know your audience
It is likely that this won’t be one of the first questions the interviewer will ask you so you will have had some time to get into the flow of the interview and understand whether your interviewer is keeping things very formal or if they are more casual and relaxed. With this information, you can tailor how you answer the question. However, even if your interviewer is relaxed, you don’t want to forget the above points. You may have a sense of humour but they are still there to find someone who is right for the job and will be taking this conversation seriously.
As always when it comes to answering questions in a job interview, you need to answer with confidence. You don’t want to look as though you have been thrown off guard as you never know if thats why the interviewer is asking the question for – to see if this question throws you off guard and how you react to that. So talk with confidence and the interviewer will have confidence in you.
So remember, what you want to include in your answer:• Instead of mentioning a specific job title, you can describe the qualities you look for in the job.• Include qualities of the work place as well as the role – this can help you stop going into too much detail about a job role which may not be relevant to the one you are applying for.
• And remember to prepare for this question in advance.
Some points you want to avoid when answering this question include:• Saying that the job you are applying for is your dream job. The interviewer may not think this is sincere and could put a damper on the rest of the interview.
• You want to avoid sounding as though you aren’t interested in role you are applying for or that you aren’t motivated to stay in this role.
If you consider these points when answering the question, you will be great and it could take you a step towards getting the job!