Where do you like to see yourself after five years from now?

When you are attending an Interview, at some point in time, you can expect this question "Where do you see yourself in five years?”

When a hiring manager asks you this, there will be quite a few things running through your head like "Moving up in the career", "That side of the table", "Working for myself", "Heading this Organization" etc.,

Why do they ask this question?

The interviewer might want to understand more about your career goals and check whether you are motivated, proactive and like to stick around and check how this position would fit into your grand plan.

How to answer this Question?

In reality, you are probably considering a few different potential career paths. It’s smart for you to keep your options open to a certain extent. However, you don’t have to advertise this fact in your job interviews.

Let’s be clear. We should never lie or boast during a job interview, neither you should reveal all the options you are exploring.

So, what should you say?

  • Before you attend the interview, researching the scope of the job helps you answer this question. Give a specific answer to the question based on the facts.

  • Stress your interest in a long-term career at the company. Hiring Manager looks for a person who has intentions to stay for a longer period, and grow with the company. Do not look like a job hopper.

  • Show your enthusiasm and willingness to take up this job. Your long-term goals will demonstrate your enthusiasm for the job as an exciting next step for you. It shows your motivation and willingness to work.

Updated on: 27-Jun-2020


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