Where do you see yourself in one year?
five years? ten years?It’s a question many people face in
interviews, yet don’t take the time to
prepare for it. You may be tempted to
envision where you’ll be in five years on a
personal level, but that’s not an appropriate
way to answer the question.
Employers are looking for a few specific
qualities when asking this question.
You are committed to the company
The current position is a natural step
toward your long term goals
You are self-motivated and have aspirations
beyond the current position
Your aspirations match the company’s
You intend to stay with the company long
term. Even if you don’t intend to, this is
not the time to indicate that
You are focused on your job target and
career objectives and not simply taking the
first job that is offered
You will bring increasing value to the
position as you grow and meet your long
One of the most important things you can
do is to listen to the problems that need to
be solved while you are interviewing.
Address these while answering the five-year
question; positioning yourself as a long-
term solution provider for the company.
A common concern is sounding too
ambitious, which could make the hiring
manager feel threatened. Avoiding this is
wise, but it’s good to show a healthy level
of realistic ambition.
1. If you are a manager or wish to become
one, emphasize your interest in having
more responsibilities as well as mentoring
others to benefit the company.
2. If you wish to gain expertise in a field,
emphasize this while finding a way to show
that your goals tie into the company’s
objectives as well.
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