3 Tips for Answering the Interview Question, “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?”

There are a lot of tricky interview questions out there, but one that stumps job seekers is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

A recruiter or interviewer is not actually expecting you to know exactly what you’ll be doing. They do, however, want to make sure they aren’t wasting their time hiring and training a new employee who is only planning to find a different job soon after they collect a few paychecks. So how do you answer this question truthfully while still increasing your chances of a hire?

Be General

During an interview, it’s hard to know the paths of growth and promotion at the company. To avoid getting ruled out because your career goals don’t match their typical paths, keep your answer fairly general. Be truthful about your goals and vision, but broad enough that the hiring manager will be able to see you working, and advancing, in the company.

Share Your Interest in a Long-Term Career at the Company

Even though anything can happen, and a lot can change in five years, an employer wants to hire someone who is ready to settle in and grow with a company. This is a great time to discuss ways you want to advance within the company, accomplish your career goals and contribute to the overall success of the company.

Demonstrate Excitement & Enthusiasm

A new job is enough of a reason to get excited. Not only should you communicate your excitement about working at the company, but be sure to also discuss your enthusiasm and motivation to work at the company for the long haul.

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