Nearly every job seeker has been asked the interview question, “Where do you want to be in five years?” There are two ways to answer this one. (1) You can make something up that sounds lofty like, “Oh, I plan to be a manager by that time, with my own corner office.” Or (2) You can be honest about the direction your career is headed.
The second option, while it can be a little tricky, is the best way to approach this interview question. Recruiters appreciate honesty and they value a candidate who speaks the truth.
But, have you been honest with yourself about your career path? Where do you see yourself in the next five to ten years?
You’d like to increase your knowledge.
When you create a strong foundation of learning as a career goal, you can’t go wrong. The more knowledge you have, the more you can offer your employer. Let the recruiter know how much you care about learning all you can about the industry, and you will build your career on a lifetime of learning.
You’d like to be well-respected by peers.
A sign of success in any career is being held in high esteem by co-workers and other peers. Therefore, you can focus on this as part of your 5-year plan. Answer that you intend to work hard to achieve respect and recognition from your peers, your boss, and within the industry.
You’d like to be earning more perks.
While it’s important to work hard to achieve more in a career, let’s really be honest that everyone wants to be earning a higher salary and better benefits. You can tactfully mention that you are driven by the goal of earning more money and perks in your career, but that you are loyal to the company goals so this is a mutually beneficial relationship.
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