How would you describe/tell about your dream job during an interview?
Don’t Forget that you are i an Interview!
Do not forget that you are interviewed for a specific position. Though it is easy to get carried away telling about your dreams, the job interview is not the place to talk about irrelevant things – Especially if your dreams do not as yet match reality.
What do the Interviewers want?
You have to remember that the interviewer does not simply want to hear your innermost thoughts. Rather, they want to know you better.
They are looking for ways to make you talk about relevant subjects, including your personality, desires, ambitions, etc.
Ways to answer ‘Tell us about your dream job/Career’ in an Interview
Make Your Dream Job Relevant
- If your dream job is close to the job you are applying for, great, you can just talk about what you expect from the job and why your work philosophy is, etc.
- If the position you are applying for is shifting a bit from your dream job, formulate your dream job so that it becomes relevant.
The space between Dreams and Reality
So what is your dream job?
It might also happen that your dream job is something so far from your career that you could never formulate it in any relevant way, for example – You desire being a Truck driver in Alaska or a Disco DJ on a Hawaiian cruise ship.
In this case, it’s best to talk of the position you are applying for as the actual dream job.
How would you do that?
To add a tone of credibility to what you are saying, you can mention your real dream job as a dream hobby or pass time. Stating it as a pass time will enrich your personality in the eyes of the interviewer. At the same time, it will not detract from your appeal as a job applicant.
Unless it really does, do not say that the position you apply for fits perfectly your idea of a dream job.
Instead, talk about some of its significant aspects, so the interviewer can see that you are rational/sensible individual who happens to be in some way quite right for the job.
Example – Answering the dream job/career question
Interviewer: “Please tell me about the job of your dreams”
Let’s say your dream job is teaching creative writing, but you are applying for a school teaching position.
Do not just say that, ideally, you would teach creative writing at NYU. Be less specific. Say that ideally, you would get to do as much teaching as possible, preferably related to literature and composition, with the opportunity to encourage creativity and foster young talent.
This way, your dream job sounds very relevant to the position of an English teacher.
This way the interviewer will see you as a long-term asset, rather than someone who would be happier elsewhere.