How to answer the classic question: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Exciting is the day you are called to arrange an interview until you are asked the following question: where do you see yourself in 5 years? You’re not entirely clear about what you’ll do tomorrow, so five years from now, even less. It is one of the classic questions where many candidates fall and are not seen again. Doubts exist, but you have to camouflage them within a convincing speech and showing a security that you do not even think you have. But you have it.

If you do NOT want to be hired

When the interviewer asks you this question, a million answers will cross your mind but none of them accurate. First of all, you will want to answer: “ascending”, “in a great position”, “working for me”, “outside my current company”, “taking advantage of a much better opportunity anywhere in the world”… You’re free to think whatever you want, but you’d better not utter answers like these out loud because they won’t get you started on Monday, Tuesday, or next month… No show commitment, and that is precisely what they are looking for. For as long as it is, they want committed employees who believe in what they do and contribute instead of having to push them away…

If you want to be hired

There is no precise formula, the decision of the recruiter will also depend on your social skills and whether what you put on your CV is true. But we have good news. To answer this question, it is best to stop, analyze the question, and be honest while keeping your feet on the ground. Think about it. Life is unpredictable and even the one who asks you does not know where he will be himself in five years, so the ideal is to answer by telling the objectives and ambitions in such a way that the interviewer has no reason to worry during the time you last in the company.

Focus your answer on realistic expectations of what your career might offer you in the future and reflect on whether the job you’re applying for follows the same line as your career and career goals.

A general example of an answer could be the following: “I am really excited about the position of consultant in your company because in five years, I am sure that I will have a much deeper and broader knowledge about this sector and I know that it is something that I could only achieve through my experience with you. In the coming years, I would like to take on, little by little, greater responsibilities and, why not? direct even some projects. If I’m lucky enough to work alongside the best, I’m sure I can become one of them later. And that’s what really motivates me and I feel like it.

This would be the best case where you love the company, you like the position and you want to join now. What if that particular position isn’t the perfect starting point to achieve your career aspirations? It’s okay if you let yourself be carried away by sincerity and declare that you don’t know where you imagine yourself or what the future will really hold… But don’t forget that the experience will help you discover it.

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