Do you have an off-the-wall dream job?
This question has been answered 7 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.
Aside from your current career goals, the interviewer would like to know what you would do if driven by passion only. If nothing mattered: money, career stability, location, education- what would you want to do for a living?
This question gives you the opportunity to talk about your other interests and passions. The only way you can answer this incorrectly is by not answering it at all! Sometimes interviewers ask questions like this to get to know you aside from the data on your resume. If you secretly always wanted to be an acrobat but knew it wasn't the best option to run away with the circus, this is a great time to share!
Admin answer example
"If I could choose something completely different, without concern for responsibilities, I would have pursued being a dancer. I was heavily involved in ballet from the age of three, up until a couple of years ago. It's a cutthroat industry, and when I needed to work to support my big family, I did choose to give up dance. With that said, I do not regret anything."
Basic answer example
"I do have an off-the-wall dream! I have always wanted to see my photography published in National Geographic, as a world-renowned nature photographer. Now, being an accountant, I do not see this as a dream that aligns with my career choice in any way. With that said, I do spend the weekends hiking and taking photos. You never know - maybe I will retire in 40 years and chase this dream then."
Manager answer example
"If I had to pivot my career, without concern for anything, I would pursue becoming a motivational speaker. I thoroughly enjoy the coaching aspect, which also relates to a career in management. I love the idea of spending time helping others learn to tap into their talents."
Marketing answer example
"When I was a kid I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. Okay - so I have no idea what that would entail, likely a Ph.D. in Marine Biology but I would dream about swimming with dolphins and teaching them tricks. For now, I will just stick with booking a dolphin tour on my next vacation."
Retail answer example
"My crazy dream would be to be a major fashion designer like Alexander McQueen! I want people to line up to pay copious amounts of money for my scarves and footwear. How amazing would that be? I have a sketchbook that I doodle ideas in, in my off time. It's a fun hobby for me."
Sales answer example
"My biggest dream is to earn a great amount of commission over the next ten years, save a major portion of it, and go to Zimbabwe to fund the building of a new school in a rural area. My father, a construction worker, would spend his summers building homes and schools in the third world, with a charitable organization. I want to work hard to that I can continue his legacy."
Teacher answer example
"I often think about creating a new curriculum specifically for students with Rett Syndrome and other disorders that affect children verbally. My niece has the disorder, and she benefits greatly from the use of technology and sign language; however, my sister found it impossible to find a public school to support this way of learning. My niece is currently home-schooled by a private teacher trained in these methods. I want her to have the experience of public school one day."