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How to answer the question “Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?”
This is another dreaded interview question as who knows what’s going to happen in 5 years’ time. What they are looking for is to know you are committed and that they will not have to be recruiting the same position this time next year. This may be a stepping stone for you but they don’t need to know that!
If you are a new graduate you want to keep your answer as general as possible as you have no idea where the interviewer sees the job going.
“It’s hard to know what’s going to happen in 5 years’ time but I’d like to think that I would still enjoy coming to work every day for a company that encourages career growth, where I can use my skills and develop new ones so that I can really make a difference and be recognised for my achievements”.
If you have been working for a few years, your answer should be slightly different as you are further on in your career path. They may be asking for someone with a particular ambition and if so you need to mention it in your answer.
Here’s an example:
“In 5 years’ time I would like to think that my passion for this industry will have helped me develop my skills and experience to make me the person people come to for information and that I can be an integral part of where the company wants to go. You’ve asked for someone who is keen to lead a team and developing others is something I have excelled at and would like to build on”.
For more senior candidates, talk about your goals and how they fit in with the company’s goals in the short term, mid, and long term.
Don’t tell them if you want to start your own business, take the interviewers job or that you are using them as a stepping stone in your career and would really like to work for their biggest rivals!