Interview Tips: How to answer the question “Where do you see yourself in 5 years”

Interview Tips: How to answer the question “Where do you see yourself in 5 years”

Being in an interview can be exciting and daunting at the same time. Imagine yourself sitting in front of your potential employer as various thoughts keep mingling around your head. You keep wondering what would be the next question asked by the HR Managers and how you are going to answer it, when all of a sudden, the interviewer asks you about your long term future plans. You panic and keep thinking when you don’t even know what you want to do tomorrow!

No worries, no interviewer expects a candidate to be able to express what exactly they will be doing in 1,820 days, but they want to see how serious you are about your long term career development and how good you are at setting up your own goals.

See below some tips on how to ace this question in your next interview.

Be honest

Keep your answer general but honest. Your potential employer wants to know how loyal are you going to be to the organization and how committed you are to develop your career within the company.

Think long term

Hiring a new employee is an investment for any employer, they just need to make sure it is going to be a long-term one. Stress out your commitment to a long-term career; your management needs to know how you will continue to grow with and contribute within the organization.

Demonstrate Enthusiasm

Demonstrate you are energetic, enthusiastic and goal driven when it comes to your career development. Ambition is one of the most appreciated characteristics by any employer.

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