In a job interview, you may be asked something along the lines of, “What do you really want to do in life”
When the interviewer asks you this question, he’s checking to make sure that the position you’re applying for is somehow related to your life goals. While the connection doesn’t have to be exact, knowing that you aren’t taking the job for the sake of a job shows the interviewer that you are interested in the position for a reason.
Points to Emphasize
Your answer to this question should be honest but should also reflect your desire for the job.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
If you’re too honest with this question, you may answer incorrectly if you’re not prepared with a clear connection. To help ensure a positive response, avoid these common pitfalls:
With this answer, you’ll want to avoid stating a desire that is completely divorced from the position or company.
A great response to a question regarding your life desires can be similar to the following:
I’m very excited about this entry-level opportunity because what I would learn from this position would be invaluable to helping me reach my goals. I hope someday to work in a managerial position where I can use my acquired skills to train new entry-level employees in the same manner as I would be trained.
The hiring manager asks this question to make sure you have a personal interest in the position. Making a connection between it and any future goals will help assure him that you’re invested in the company’s success.