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How to Answer “Where Will You Be in Five Years?”

How to Answer “Where Will You Be in Five Years?”

Christina Macres | ManagerLink

An answer for those who wish to be management: If your career goal is to move up the ranks because you’ve become an expert in your field, you may want to say something like, “In five years I see myself in a management role. This would allow me to demonstrate my aptitude for managing others and having more responsibility. I am a dedicated employee and hope to better both my career and my company via my commitment and enthusiasm.”

Tip #2: Be realistic and motivated.

It doesn’t matter how well you answer the five-year question, if you don’t answer it realistically, you’ll loose the respect of your interviewer. For example, it’s probably not the best idea to announce that you’d like to be creative director in five years during your internship interview. Once you’ve presented yourself as unrealistic, good luck trying to get your interviewer to take the rest of your interview seriously.

Tip #3: Communicate that you’re in it for the long haul.

Many interviewers ask this dreaded question to decipher whether you’re just settling for the position or using it as stepping stone for bigger, better opportunities. Assure your interviewer that you’re looking to make a long-term commitment to the company and your career. Do this by stating goals clearly. Make sure to convey that you believe future success comes with everyday excellence. You can steal that last part if you want.

Tip #4: Demonstrate that you’ve read the job description.

Nothing irks an interviewer or is more disappointing than a potential employee who hasn’t done their homework. Not only are you not equipped for the conversation you’re about to have, you’re also confirming that you like wasting people’s time and looking totally unprepared.

Bad interviewee.

What you’re really doing if you don’t prepare and research? You’re just making the interview that much harder on yourself.

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