Whether you’re being interviewed for an entry-level or senior-level position, there’s a good chance that you’ll encounter the question “What is your dream job?” Answering this question can be very tricky—It’s a test of your creativity and can reveal your personality and thought processes.
Answering this question requires you to name a dream job that is actually attainable, but should still be connected to the industry or field of the company you are interviewing for.
Whatever you do, don’t answer that your dream job is the interviewer’s job. Saying you want to be the CEO of the company is also risky, regardless of your experience.
Prepare, prepare, prepare. Manage potential nerves by preparing for questions ahead of time. Formulating strong answers to the most commonly asked questions will help you dodge awkward silences during the interview. It’s best to have a clear-cut answer with supporting info to get your point across.
Where and what. When gearing up for your interview, ask yourself where you want to work and what you enjoy doing the most. Perhaps you like working with teams, collaborating with clients, or maybe simply working on your own is appealing. Though you may not think of an exact job title, your response to the question is still a great opportunity to emphasize your skills and what you’re interested in so that th einterviewer can see how you can be a great resource for the company.
Connect it to the job you’re interviewing for. If you haven’t done your full homework on the company or the interviewer, work to come up with a creative answer ahead of time, and link it to the job that you’re interviewing for. If you really think your dream job is connected to the job you’re interviewing for, that can make it easier to showcase your personality and skills.
Read your interviewer and the environment. This is why it’s important to be prepared. When you’re fully prepared and calm, it will be easier to observe the interviewer’s style, watch his or her words, and make determinations about the company and the job itself. You may have to decide in the moment how you are going to answer the question based on the environment. Regardless, don’t forget to relay why you’re interested in the job and why you think you’re the perfect candidate to take on the job’s responsibilities.
Whatever happens, don’t let employers feel as if you’re taking the job as a stepping-stone to a job with someone else. Make them see how you are the perfect fit. And, view the interview as a good learning opportunity.