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What is your dream job?

1 of 15 Career Goals Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on November 27th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

This question can be a bit tricky to answer since you don't want to give a reply that will make you seem like a bad fit for this role. A general rule of thumb, if it isn't related to your current career path, you probably should not mention it in an interview. It's fun to think about off-the-wall dreams like becoming a dolphin trainer, but an interview is not the time to express those dreams.

Instead, focus on what you aim to gain from this particular company. Perhaps you see yourself in that shiny corner office, or you want to work your way into a territory manager role, jet-setting all over the country to give client presentations and perform essential negotiations. Or, maybe you are already looking at your dream career! Be brief in your answer and express how you plan to see this dream job realized.

Professional Answer Examples
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"My dream is to be the Controller of this company one day. I plan to start in this cost accountant role and work my way up over the years. It's exciting for me to think about all of the possibilities present in your company."

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"I am looking to make my way into an executive assistant position. Supporting your c-suite would be a dream position for me, and I look forward to earning my way into a role like this with your organization."

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"I thoroughly enjoy being a manager and a dream role for me would include leading a bigger team, within the production industry. Your position caught my eye because you offer these opportunities and more."

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"My dream is to be a marketing director. To get there, I am committed to continued education, taking courses on leadership, and gaining more project management experience. I see that your agency has a few paths available to reach a goal like this one, which is very exciting to me."

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"I am very analytically minded and have my eye on becoming a strategic buyer for a large retailer like yours. I look forward to learning the business with your corporation, and earning my way into a buyer position."

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"My dream job is one that takes me traveling, offers me a great lifestyle, and opportunity for uncapped commission. I am thrilled that your organization offers all three of these factors and I look forward to showing you what I can do as a business development professional."

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"My dream job is being an educator, and I am thrilled that I have made this dream come true for myself. In my opinion, no career path is more gratifying than being an elementary school teacher."

Medical Receptionist
Answer example

"My dream job would be to become a Nurse. I've always loved helping people and customer service seems to come naturally to me. I started taking some nursing classes and am really enjoying them. It might take me twice as long to get there but once I set my mind to complete something I follow through."

Host or Hostess
Answer example

"My ideal job would be working in a restaurant with coworkers I can rely upon and managers who treat me with respect. I do my best to keep a positive attitude, and it is much more enjoyable to be around others who strive to do the same."

Interior Designer
Answer example

"My dream job would be doing the interior design for a luxury hotel in Dubai! I would love to travel to Dubai exploring the culture and designing an exquisite stay experience for guests! Of course, this is my dream, and I look forward to all of the design experiences that I am offered in my career. Someday, I will achieve my dream! For now, gaining experience is my hope!"

Security Guard
Answer example

"I would say that patrolling buildings at night by myself is a task that I enjoy the least. To combat this, I ensure that someone on my team knows where I am and how long I expect to be away from the desk. I think this is a responsible way to ensure safety while working alone. As far as the tasks that I enjoy the most, I would say greeting everyone who comes across our desk during the day. My current job requires me to communicate with a significant range of people every day, and I love the variety."

Answer example

"My ideal job would be working in a salon with coworkers I can rely upon and managers who treat me with respect. I do my best to keep a positive attitude, and it is much more enjoyable to be around others who strive to do the same."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 04/07/2018
Last modified on: 11/27/2019
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