You might be just starting a job search, in the middle of a job search or looking occasionally. Whatever your job interview status, I have a tip that will take the guess work out of a big question. This method allows you to be confident, honest and in the moment. No need to bring up the past or feel threatened by what the future might hold.
Picture yourself in a job interview. You prepared extensively on the background of the company and reviewed the job description with a fine toothed comb. You think to yourself, “I am nailing this interview!”. Then, the looming life question is asked from the interviewer.
“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”
Ummmm….[mind goes blank]
For some that answer is easy, for others it is daunting.
Great news, you can easily answer this question confidently without telling the hiring manager too much about specifics of the job, past companies or personal life. However, you do want to make your future intentions clear without scaring the hiring manager.
Use the scenario below to help guide you through your future interview.
Question: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Abby: Current job interview for web designer
Longterm Desire: To be in a leadership position
Goal of Answer: Be honest in your career expectations/growth and align your goals with position
Let’s put it all together….: “This position at Blue House Design is exciting to me for a few reasons. In five years I hope to be an expert in web design layout. Your reputation with online content is the best in the city. With the strong culture of design work here at Blue House Design, I know I can learn from amazing professionals here at Blue House Design. Also, in the coming years I am very open to leading a team of designers. I have had wonderful mentors, so leading others is something I am very passionate about.”
It’s okay if the job you are applying for isn’t the job of your dreams. If you are always learning and seek out mentors challenging you to be your best self, you are on a wonderful path for personal and professional growth.
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