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How to Answer "If You Could Write Your Ideal Job Description, What Would it Be?"

Jobseekers often face difficult questions during interviews. Most of these are designed in such a way that there is no "right" or "wrong" answer, instead, the answer is supposed to tell the employer about the ambition, attitude, and personality of the applicant. One of these questions is: "If you could write your ideal job description, what would it be?" The answer is not simple, and should depend on the position one applies for, the attitude of the interviewer, and the background of the company. Use this simple guide to learn how to provide a satisfactory answer to your interviewer’s question.

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1. Do Your Research

By visiting the company’s website and learning about the person interviewing you, it is easy to guess what type of employee the firm is looking for. Research the company’s culture, policies, attitudes, and find out more about the management’s priorities. For example: if the company is focused on embracing talent and providing opportunities for motivated people, answer in a creative way, demonstrating how innovative you will be at that position. You can suggest an idea you have for a new project or how to expand a project the company currently has. If your potential employer is currently struggling with punctuality, you can tell them that you would like to be responsible for details and spot checks. Always consider the requirements of the job you are applying to when answering the question.

Find out more about the company’s management approach and its benefits, and mould your answer around it. For example, if the company offers flexible working hours, you can mention this in your answer, and you will receive a positive response. If they allow you to take on extra roles to improve yourself, make sure your answer includes this detail. The interviewer doesn’t have to know that you did your homework, but you will look like a good fit for them.

2. Understand Your Motivations and Preferences

Before attending an interview, it is important to clarify what you are looking for in the new company, as this will help you describe your ideal job to the interviewer. If you were not given enough responsibility in your previous job, you can tell the interviewer that your ideal job would help you grow professionally. If you would like to advance your career, you have to highlight this motivation in your answer.

If you did not get your efforts recognized at your last position, you can mention that your ideal job description would include performance reviews and target-based rewards. This answer will tell the person interviewing you that you are ready to take responsibility for your work, and that you are looking for a challenge. If this is the case, the company management will see you as a potential high performer who can deliver results, instead of sitting back and waiting for others to pull the weight. If you are looking for freedom to come up with creative ideas, and discuss them with managers, make sure you let the interviewer know about this. Whatever your preference at work is, be honest and open.

3. Do Not Joke Around

For this question, companies are looking for a straight answer. They are also looking to see how clearly you can express yourself. Joking about doing nothing as a job description will certainly not help you land the job. Your answer should simply express that you know what you want in life, and you know how to get the message across. The question is often used by companies recruiting for sales or client facing positions, and is designed to check your communication skills. Therefore, you must give the company a detailed, clear, and precise answer.

Simply stating that you would like a customer facing consultant job with flexibility is not enough either. You have to state why, for example: "I like working hard on urgent projects, while being able to take time with my family when things become quiet". The secret is that you have to clearly answer the hidden question: "What type of employee are you, and what are your work preferences?"

4. Avoid Short, One-Word Answers

You should also avoid short answers without clarification. You cannot simply say that you want a rewarding job position, as this means something different for every person. Instead, expand on each feature of your ideal job. When you talk about responsibilities, you need to tell the interviewer which extra roles you are looking to take on, why it is good for the company, and which skills make you ideal for the job.

The company will want to know your value before they will agree to pay for your skills. If you are good at sales, you should explain how extra training and the introduction of new working methods would help you achieve your targets and make the company more money. If you state that you are looking for a work environment that allows you to learn every day, you need to tell the interviewer which areas you would like to improve, and why, and what type of training you expect your ideal workplace have. You can also focus on describing of the ideal the personal side of the ideal job description, such as programs to promote a positive work environment and getting support from the management and colleagues.

5. Do Not Mention Your Previous Employer

One of the most common mistakes applicants make during the job interview is complaining about their previous employers. Do not say that "I would like more responsibility, as I am well experienced, but my previous employer failed to recognize this". When they are asking about the ideal job on your mind, they are interested in your vision for your future, and not the past. Do not contrast your ideal job with any of your previous positions. You can, however, create your own description knowing what does not work for you, for example, simplicity of tasks and repetition.

6. Sometimes a Clever Answer Works the Best

If you struggle to provide a straight answer to the above question, do not worry. You can always tell the company that you make the most out of every opportunity provided for you. You can adjust your work ethics to the requirements of the job description and the priorities of the management. This answer is great if you have limited knowledge of the company, or are applying for a position that is significantly different from your previous job.

Getting the job starts with preparing for tough and tricky questions on the interview. Listing your expectations, skills, and strengths will help answer ""If You Could Write Your Ideal Job Description, What Would it Be?" in a professional manner. Clarify your personal goals before you meet the interviewer, and do your research on the company. Once you understand which roles suit you the best, you will have no difficulties providing the most suitable answer. Remember that there is no right and wrong response, and the question is also a test of your interpersonal and communication skills, motivation, and confidence. Describe how you would like to work, how you would like to be treated, recognized, and valued.

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