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HR Interview Question ‘What’s your ideal company?’

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Everyone has a dream company they must have imagined in their minds. So do you. It could be an MNC or a start-up or even a relative’s business firm. When someone asks ‘Tell me about your ideal company’, you happily name your aspirational workplace, don’t you? But when the same question is asked by a recruiter at an interview, please play safe. Do not name the company. Instead, talk about it’s work culture, location, principles, products, services and anything else that you feel sets it apart from the rest. Also, try to give a subtle hint that the company you are interviewing for is in reality your dream company. If you do that, your interviewer will be impressed. 🙂

Points to emphasize while answering ‘What is your ideal company?’

Arrive well prepared with all the details about your dream company. Do plenty of research on the company before your interview.

  • Learn about your ideal company’s mission and objectives.
  • Learn about the organizational structure, CEO/Founder and Board
  • Figure out inner workings so that you can address your desire for growth opportunities.
  • Relate your own values and personal goals to the company’s goals in your response.
  • Showcase your liking towards and esteem for the company.

If you are prepared, this question will be easy to deal with and your answer will be successful.

Sample answer 1:

“My ideal company would value its employees and encourage them to put forth their points. This company would also have a strong CSR profile that aligns with environmental sustainability standards.”

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Sample answer 2:

“My ideal company or dream company should be able to offer ground-breaking solutions to existing problems. I want to work for an organization which has clearly defined vision and mission statements to provide reliable and high-quality products that specifically align with my commitment to make the customer or end user happy.

I would love to work in a casual work environment that has a strong emphasis on teamwork and also an open door policy where I can approach the senior management for a heart-to-heart discussion, if needed.

At my ideal company, supervisors and colleagues should value my unique strengths and we should all work together to use everyone’s talents and produce the best results.”

This is your chance to show that you are better than rest of the candidates. So structure your answer to the question ‘What’s your ideal company?’ well. Have clear, specific, and consistent pointers that incorporate the characteristics of the firm you are interviewing for.

Sample answer 3:

“My dream company should be the one offering me with job responsibilities where I could use my qualifications, strengths, capabilities and skills. I would be able to offer my best to help the company achieve greater business goals and profitability, while I also set landmarks along my career path.”

Honestly, there is no perfect answer to this question. However, you can take cues from the above samples and build your own retort. Besides, it is highly unlikely for any single company to utilize all your knowledge, skills or experience. So you have to compromise with a company that will make use of most of your skills. And you can continue practicing your other skills as a side gig or a serious hobby on the side. No company is interested in your personal dreams. All that they care about is how you can help them achieve their goals. So, it is better to speak what your interviewer wants to hear.

All the best! 🙂

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