What are the best replies to the interview question – "Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?"
When a interviewer asks where you see yourself in 5 years, they are trying to figure out:
- Your career goals as well as how the job works with your overall plan
- Your career goals as a way of ensuring you are proactive, motivated, hard-working, and will stay with the company
Although an interviewer may not ask the specific “5 year” question, they may ask these variations:
- How would you define success?
- What do you value most in a career?
- What type of job is ideal for you?
- What long-term career goals do you have?
Here are some specific factors to include in your response to the question: where do you see yourself in 5 years.
- Plan a Career Path
- Begin with why this Job interests you
- Goals Lead to Results
- Advancing in your Career
There can be 4 approaches to this question:
“My goal at the moment is to find a position which allows me to discover new challenges as time passes and grow. Ultimately, I would like to take on more management responsibilities, including those involved with product strategy. The most important factor for me is to work for a company that lets me build a career.”
“I always strive to be the absolute best at any task and would like to work at a company that gives me opportunities to work on interesting projects,
develop my skills, and be part of a team that includes people I can learn from
I would love to start a career here because some of the thinkers with the most innovation in the industry are here.”
If you are looking to become an expert in your field: “In 5 years, I see myself making progress in the industry as well as the company, gaining new skills which help the company. I find this position to be extremely motivating and interesting. I see multiple challenges ahead and I am looking forward to experiencing these. Therefore, I want to invest my five years in learning every aspect of this job and hope this job will help me advance professionally.”
If you would like to take on a management role: “In 5 years, I picture myself taking on a senior position (if you have anything specific, please mention that), or coaching employees, or managing more people, and of course having more responsibilities. I would like to pursue my career with the company’s goals. I feel that learning about the company’s environment as well as investing in business education will be in the interest of the company as well as mine.”