Where do you see yourself in 5 years

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 or ten years’ time is the question I find difficult to expand on, can you help me with this? Elizabeth

A. The reason an interviewer asks this question is to see whether you have given any thought to having a career as opposed to just finding a job.  They want to know how ambitious you are and if you are someone who can think strategically, more long-term. Whilst there is no one right answer to this question, there is a wrong one. Attempting to be humorous a candidate in response to this question might say ‘I want your job that is the interviewer’s.’ This usually just comes across as arrogant.

Have a think about the question and answer it honesty. Even if that is around just being happy in your career, perhaps having the opportunity to grow and learn. Speak about being given the opportunity to realise your potential. When you think about it how will you know if you are on the right track unless you know your destination!