How common is this question and why might it be asked?
Although less common than some more traditional questions, “Describe your ideal job” is nonetheless a relatively frequent interview question in strengths-based interviews and one you’re likely to encounter throughout your career, particularly in the early stages.
Seemingly a hypothetical question, it is nonetheless designed to assess a range of very real criteria – namely, what aspects of your work you’re really passionate about, how your dream job measures up to the one you’re actually applying for, and whether you’ll get real job satisfaction (and perform well) as a result.
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