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Welcome to our series: Common Interview Questions.
Each post will review one question.
Question #10: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
This is the same question as: “What are your short- and long-term goals?”
Tips for answering:
Demonstrate that your career goals align with the job you’re applying for.
Focus on the skills you want to learn and get better at.
Don’t get too specific with job titles or time frames.
Never say “I want your job,” “I don’t know” or “Not here!”
Use words such as: develop, impact, contribute, grow into, learn more about, step out of my comfort zone, acquire experience/skills, challenge myself…
“I see myself eventually developing into a leader in the [industry vertical] space.
To get there, I hope to learn even more about [skills and experiences] along the way.”
“I want to continue to deepen my [example] skills.”
“I want to learn how to [skills] even better, so that I can make even more of an impact, including [impacts you wish to make].”
“My favorite part of my job right now is [ways you’re contributing]. I hope to continue to do that, but I also hope to challenge myself to grow in new ways, including [examples].”
“I’m interested in applying my passion of [broader themes of your skills] to help make a difference, especially with organizations that value [company’s value you align most with].”