#09: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

TRAPS: One reason interviewers ask this question is to see if you’re settling for this position, using it merely as a stopover until something better comes along. Or they could be trying to gauge your level of ambition.

If you’re too specific, i.e., naming the promotions you someday hope to win, you’ll sound presumptuous. If you’re too vague, you’ll seem rudderless.

BEST ANSWER: Reassure your interviewer that you’re looking to make a long-term commitment…that this position entails exactly what you’re looking to do and what you do extremely well. As for your future, you believe that if you perform each job at hand with excellence, future opportunities will take care of themselves.

Example: “I am definitely interested in making a long-term commitment to my next position. Judging by what you’ve told me about this position, it’s exactly what I’m looking for and what I am very well qualified to do. In terms of my future career path, I’m confident that if I do my work with excellence, opportunities will inevitable open up for me. It’s always been that way in my career, and I’m confident I’ll have similar opportunities here.”
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48 comments:

Anonymous said...

One cannot accurately predict what the job or the company will look like in 5 years time. You can answer in general terms about the type of situation you would like to be in and the way you want to have grown and developed. Avoid giving specific time frames or job titles.

Anonymous said...

will it be better if i say " If I get a job offer from your company, in the next five years, I want to see myself working on the same job position with more expertise and efficiciency

Anonymous said...

I want to become the CEO of the company

Anonymous said...

"Pissing on your grave."

Anonymous said...

"I want to take your job."

Anonymous said...

In five years I hope to be in a role that impacts and contributes to my company. I am interested in a creative and challenging work environment that will best utilize my team building and problem solving skills. I am hoping that my background in real estate will lend to my growth and success. As I grow in my incoming and subsequent roles I hope to bring others up the ladder/provide to the personal and professional growth of the junior team members. I want to be the employee that is remembered for the problems that became solutions and the unattainable became a reality. Maybe I will be somewhere in between but I will be positioned as a long term and valued employee. That's where I want to be.

Anonymous said...

(Peter Griffin thinking)
Don't say "Doing your wife", Don't say "Doing your wife"

Peter answers:
"Doing your wife"

Anonymous said...

Sleeping with your Wife WithTwo Sons.
do you Have Any Problem With This.....

Anonymous said...

It's a crap question no matter how you look at it!!

Anonymous said...

Five years from now I see myself as a marketing manager. I am going to be learning and gaining experience until then. I know there are a lot of things to learn, but I’m going to be working hard for the next five years. I Know opportunity knock the door of great workers and I’m going to try to be one of them.

Anonymous said...

i didn't get the answer

Anonymous said...

On Yours CHair !!!

Anonymous said...

to be very presise, just wanna say that to be successful you just have to be successful.
work hard party hard !!!

Anonymous said...

I will be eating cat food with chopsticks, while drinking wood alcohol (methanol) filtered through a dirty sock and enjoying my new life as a hobo dwelling under under the highway safely ensconced in my cardboard box shelter.

Anonymous said...

at your fuckin post

Anonymous said...

i see my self 5 years from.. i have my own business..

said said...

good topic...

Anonymous said...

Doing your wife and raising your children

Anonymous said...

Five years down the line, I see myself much more knowledgeable than I am today.If selected by your company, I would strive hard to learn as much as I can about the mining projects that I am assigned. The technical and managerial skills that I have gained during my stay here would certainly help me to attain my goal and grow at a fast pace in the company.

Anonymous said...

Living in "Freedonia" and drinking Kona coffee :)

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA LOVEEE PETER GRIFFIN COMMENT!!!!! LOL DOING UR WIFE!!! idk where id be..... probably out partying.

Anonymous said...

doin ur wife big time

Anonymous said...

nice..!!! well 5 years from now i see ma dreams fulfilled ma ambitions materialisedn ma decisions valued and implemented... i c maself as a trend setter...<3

Anonymous said...

i will be the husband of your beautiful daughter..

Anonymous said...

i will be a part of top management in your organization

Anonymous said...

i wanna be on such a position where i could get new challenges every day can enhance my skills for mutual growth,can get advance leadership qualities

Anonymous said...

Peter responds:

"Doing your... son?"

Anonymous said...

five years older.

Anonymous said...

I'm still working on the same company and have a position that I deserve because of my hard working.

Rashmi Priya said...

The interviewer asks this question to know about the future plans of the interviewee.They can guess whether the candidate will stick with the company in the long run.

Anonymous said...

i will be your head and fucking you and your life every day

Hem said...

I want reach at such a position where I can set example for others and people look at me as their IDEAL

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me the best answer for why do you want to choose FMCG sector as your career??

Anonymous said...

what is this????who r u to ask me this question...

Ashwin Hegde said...

I see myself in such an intrapreneur position where my decisions will effect towards the growth of the organization.

Anonymous said...

I see myself searching for a new job because I expect to be fired one day from this firm for lack of productivity and not applying myself.

Anonymous said...

at your position..

Anonymous said...

its a good topic helped me alot.

Anonymous said...

kiss me ass niggas

Anonymous said...

This dumbass question cost me my dream job despite my experience being a perfect fit :(

Anonymous said...

i want to be a sexy mama someday and collecting more handsome man.

Anonymous said...

after five years from now i see myself at a post where i could use the knowledge and strengths that i have and to contribute well for the growth and success of the company i work for and would like to be a part of top management as a good manager and to see that organization at peak level where i am one of the person responsible for it.

Anonymous said...

I WANT TO BE A CEO OF YOUR COMPANY...

Anonymous said...

Peter Griffin actually says, "Doing your son."

Anonymous said...

licking the cum from that HR that interviews

Anonymous said...

They want to know that you want to be successful. they don't need to know that you want to be "a manager" or "a ceo" or any of that stuff. I've found best response is: I want to be working in a position where I am successful and valued.

BUT I've never interviewed for a job like sales where ambition is what they are looking for... so I guess it also depends on the company you are interviewing for :) good luck!

Anonymous said...

a president of our country cindymarie

Anonymous said...

Peter Griffin says 'Doing your...Son' not 'Doing your wife'

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