Interview 12: What’s Your Dream Job?

For the best result, make sure you have read this article and already have a write-up of your answer prior to your Cambly session. You can send a longer text to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system.

This following content has been modified from LiveCareer. See the original article here.


Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

With the question, “What’s your dream job?” the hiring manager is to understand your values and motivations and to determine if you have the skills to do the job.

Unfortunately, many people respond to this question by either:

  • saying their dream job is the job they’re applying for
  • describing an unrealistic or unrelated job

When answering this question, focus on the challenges and work environment you like rather than a specific position. And, be sure your response is relevant to the job your applying for.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Consider what kind of environment you’re looking to work in.
  • What challenges do you enjoy taking on?
  • How can you apply your answer to the job you’re applying for?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

What to Mention in Your Response

Follow these tips for an effective response:

  • Include examples of how you’ve used your skills and how you hope to grow those skills.
  • Describe what interests you.
  • Talk about how your dream job relates to what you value in a career.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What are some examples of how you’ve enjoyed using your skills?
  • What are industry-related things that interest you?
  • What are some of your career values?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

What NOT to Mention in Your Response

In your response, watch out for these common mistakes:

  • Don’t include jobs that don’t relate to the position you’re interviewing for.
  • Don’t be unrealistic in your ambitions.
  • Don’t be lazy and say the position you’re applying for is your dream job.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Are the qualities you’re looking for related to the job you’re interviewing for?
  • Is your response realistic?
  • Does your response sound like you’ve prepared for the interview well?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Sample Answer

Here’s an example of the response to the question, “What ‘s your dream job”:

“My dream job would provide opportunities to grow my passion for writing content for organizations. I love getting to know my clients and writing to meet their needs. For example, at my last position, I served clients from many different industries. This job here excites me because I can serve a range of clients.”

Notice how this example doesn’t include a specific career role. Instead, it highlights the traits and qualities you enjoy and what challenges you want to pursue.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Write the first draft of your answer with your tutor.
  • Are there any words or phrases that you are not comfortable pronouncing?
  • Now rehearse with your tutor until you are comfortable answering the question without the script.

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