Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is a tricky yet another one of the most common interview questions. Here the interviewer wants to basically judge you on how career-driven you are and whether your goals are realistic or not. What makes this question tricky over others is that it’s a hypothetical question. So, my friends, you have to be well prepared so as to convey your practical aspirations and achievable goals in a convincing manner without sounding hollow. Please refer the video below on how to answer this question which is useless as well as very important at the same time.
Why this question is useless?
This question is hypothetical
It has no right answer
There cannot be any follow-up question
Despite being a useless question, its still a favorite among many top recruiters. Here’s why?
To judge your excitement/enthusiasm for the job
To understand your knowledge of the new role
To see your plan/vision for the future
To determine your honesty and practicality.
To count on your sincerity and commitment
You have to be very attentive while answering this question. No one wants to hire a person who doesn’t have plans to stay long in their company. Your future aspirations shouldn’t impact………….. At the same time, you need to have some quantifiable goals and a definite plan to achieve them.
What answers to be avoided?
- I don’t know.
- Will be CEO or your boss.
- I have no 5-years plan.
- Don’t try to be funny.
- Will join some other firm or go for higher studies.
How to answer this question
- Tell your aspirations along with your journey
- See the role and job description beforehand
- Give a practical rationale to support your vision.
So you have to frame your answer keeping in mind the above points and also mentioning how your new role/position will propel you towards your five-year target. Have a look at this video for some guidance and professional tips to answer this question.
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