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Tell me about your dream job.

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    Tell me about your dream job.

      The interviewer would like to know how this particular position fits in with your employment goals and dreams.

      This open-ended question can be tricky to navigate! First, you need to remember that you are not talking to a friend about all of your hopes and dreams. Instead, you are giving a professional answer that ties into the role in question.

      For instance, maybe you want to be a dolphin trainer, but this reception job has nothing to do with dolphins. What do you do? The right approach is to discuss what excites you most about this exact role. Keep your answer brief and focused while showing enthusiasm for the position.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My dream job is to work for a company that will allow me to grow in the hospitality industry while applying the knowledge I gained while earning my Hospitality Management diploma. I am most excited about this role with your hotel group because it will allow me to put into practice everything I learned about guest services, business management, human resources, and hospitality marketing."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Admin interview

      "My dream job is not necessarily a specific function but more focused on the workplace vibe and company culture. I set my sights on your organization after I saw your name on the city's 'Top 25 Employer' list. I researched your methods and mission and was very impressed. This company would be a dream 'fit' for me."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Manager interview

      "My dream job is one where I have the tools and support to be a great mentor to my team members. I am passionate about investing in my top performers, so a dream employer would be an organization that supports this passion. Would you agree that this describes your company?"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Marketing interview

      "My dream job is one where I can exercise my creativity in a variety of ways. I appreciate that your company works in pods and that you allow engaged team players to try their hand at a variety of tasks that interest them. I look forward to joining your talented and diverse team."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Retail interview

      "I love retail and fashion, which is why I applied to your company. Although it isn't my dream to be a floor sales representative all of my career, I am deeply interested in working my way up in your organization, perhaps in a merchandising or even a buyer role one day."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Sales interview

      "Being a business development representative IS my dream job! I am thrilled to be considered for this role and career path with your company. The fact that you will provide international travel and continued education opportunities makes this position even more enticing."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Teacher interview

      "My dream is to be an educator in a school that focuses' less on traditional learning methods and allows for creativity in the classroom. When I read an article about the new teaching methods you have implemented in your classes, I knew I had to apply."

      Anonymous Answer

      "My dream job is the position that will allow me to grow and learn new aspects of industry and help apply my current education knowledge. I am most excited about this role with your company as it ticks all the boxes as a practice manager."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a good start; however, adding in more detail will improve your response. For instance, in what ways do you want to grow? What would you like to learn? Which parts of your current education and knowledge will you be able to apply most frequently in this role?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My dream job is one where I am working with a team to build a product that makes a difference. I have the opportunity to explore how to deliver this product more efficiently while getting everyone on the team involved and feeling equally satisfied with their contributions as well."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are excellent details to include in your response. You know what you want, and the interviewer will appreciate that.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My dream job is to work in a position where I can have a long-lasting and meaningful impact on people. 5-10 years from now, I want to be able to look back and say, wow, I was responsible for this deal, or I helped make this investment happen. And this firm is a great place to do that because I know I'll always be working at the forefront of technology. In the finance department, I'll be part of a team that makes investments in technology, such as rolling out a new 5G network, which will change the way we all live and work. This is something that really excites me and is something I really want to be a part of."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very well said! You do a nice job describing your ideal workplace scenario while also tying in how this particular role will be a perfect fit.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My dream job is to work with talented creative people and individuals that I can learn from."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This response is a good start! Next, try to unpack further what that looks like for you. What types of talents do these creative individuals have? What areas of work or specific topics would you like to learn?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "A dream job would be one where I can contribute to growing the business in more than one way. Being in sales or a BDM is a dream job because it allows me to focus on being the face of the company. I have a passion for working with people and strive to become successful with all of the teams that are essential for continuous growth."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This answer is a strong start. If the role that you are applying for falls into this 'dream job' category, be sure to include why you feel this way. When using terms such as the face of the company, passion for working with people, etc., be sure to support these frequently use phrases with real data on how you would execute on these initiatives.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My dream job is one that would allow me to lead a team within an organization that has endless opportunities to grow. In this position, my team would be the one that is making a difference in both the customer's life and the company's business growth."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Good start. Try being more descriptive by bringing in facts and statements from the job description. The more specific you can be, the better!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "One that allows me to grow as a person and within the company, receiving new challenges, and values my work."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You take a positive approach, which is fantastic! Try offering up a fuller picture such as what these challenges would look like, and what kind of growth opportunities you would like to see.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My dream job is one where I am working with talented and creative people. Also, like-minded individuals that love to create functional well design products that make a difference in an interchanging fast pace world."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Awesome! You are very specific here, giving the interviewer a strong idea of what you are looking for in your next opportunity.

      "My dream job is one where I am working with talented creative people and like-minded individuals who love to create functional, well-designed products that make a difference in an interchanging fast-paced world."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "A job where my skills may provide a meaningful contribution to a cause that deeply resonates with me. The workspace is a positive environment that encourages continual learning and growth."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are wonderful qualities to find in a dream job :) When it comes to the contribution you make, the factors that resonate with you, and the workplace environment, there is an opportunity to provide more specifics. I have provided a starter for you, below.

      "My dream job is one where my skills provide a meaningful contribution to a cause that deeply resonates with me. When it comes to this role, that would be my ABC skills working toward your company's goal of XYZ. I also value a workspace with a positive environment (add some descriptors or an example of what a positive environment means to you). I also value an environment that encourages continual learning and growth. For myself, I would like to grow in the areas of A, B, and C."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My dream job is one that would allow me to lead a team within an organization that has endless opportunities to grow. In this position, my team would be the one that is making a difference in both the customer's life and the companies business growth."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a good start! Be sure to express what you believe the difference to be, specifically, with this company.

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