In a job interview, a hiring manager might ask you the question “where do you see yourself in five years?” for various reasons. Some hiring managers ask this as a way of knowing if you would be a potential long-term hire. Of course, they are not going to force you to stay with them for the rest of your career. But they want to make the right choice and invest in the right person. After all, hiring an employee costs a great deal of resources. Sometimes, they also ask this question to see what drives you or to find out what your motivations are. This interview question is important and therefore you should take time to prepare for it.
If you already have a clear picture of your long-term career goals, then that’s good for you. It will be easy for you to share this with the hiring manager when you get interviewed. When you discuss your career goals with the interviewer, find a way to incorporate the job that you’re interviewing for. How will it help you attain your long-term goals? Why is this position important in helping you get to where you want to be? What are the specific aspects of this role that are particularly relevant to your career goals? Think about how you can tie the position to your five-year career plan. Mention the things you want to accomplish in this position and explain how they are necessary to your future plans. Do you think you’re now ready for your job interview? If you think you still need more tips, visit The Career Mastery and learn how to handle common interview questions.
If you haven’t figured out your future plans yet, then now is the time to start planning. Take note that if you don’t really like the job that you’re interviewing for, you’ll have a hard time adding it up to your future plans. So it’s important to make sure that you’re really committed to the opportunity that you’re trying out for.
Let’s say for instance, you are applying for a researcher position and your plan in five years is to be a senior editor of a publication. You can probably say that obtaining the research position will help you become more familiar with the nature of the publication. You can also add that it will be an opportunity for you to enhance your writing and editing skills as well. The projects that the position entails will give you the right training for the senior position that you want to achieve in the next five years.
But what if you are changing industries? You can also use the same approach. Even if the job is not directly related to your ideal designation, try to find some common factors. Think of the common skills and abilities that are relevant in both jobs and industries.
In sharing your career goals for the next five years, you are showing the hiring manager your dedication and commitment to the job and to your potential employer.