The last thing you need to research in advance of the interview is the current state of your industry. Where your company sits in the greater market and how it might move can be derived from a general knowledge of the overarching industry. Additionally, if you encounter questions about how to benefit the company, you can give an answer with a broad scope. You don’t need to spend an exorbitant amount of time researching before your interview, but you should feel comfortable with your knowledge of the position, company and industry.

Behind the “Where” Questions

One type of query you will face is the “where do you want to be” question. These inquiries frequently focus on your overall career goals and professional trajectory. However, they may not necessary start with the word “where.” Instead, the main subject of the question will deal with your future. These may look something like the following:

  • What is your overall career plan
  • What position do you want to attain before you retire

    • What do you want to do with your life
    • Where would you like to be in 10 years
    • What is your ideal trajectory in this industry
  • As a professional, what kinds of accomplishments do you plan to achieve

    With these questions, interviewers are looking for several things. First, they may want to see if you have a realistic idea of how the industry works and what you expect from the company. Ambition is great, but if think you can become a supervisor in 5 years when it normally takes 10, the hiring manager knows that the company might not be able to give you what you want out of an employer.

    Additionally, the interviewer wants to know how driven you are and if you will be a dedicated worker. Individuals who enjoy their jobs tend to work harder and produce better quality products. The hiring manager wants to know if you’ll be that type of employee in the company’s environment.

    Examples of Good Response to “Where Questions”

    When you respond to the question, you want to be as positive and confident as possible. Hiring managers are drawn to enthusiasm and individuals who are self-assured. If you remain calm and professional while answering every element of the question, you are well on your way to having a very successful interview. Here are some examples of good responses to the question:

    “In five years, I want to have advanced significantly within the company. I want to learn as much about the industry as possible while further developing my interpersonal and communication skills. Additionally, I hope to expand my skill set with the help of the position’s experience.”

    “I would like to become the most effective manager your company has. I already have great management and organizational skills, but I look forward to the new and greater challenges of this position. As I grow to learn more about the company, I want to contribute significantly to the enterprise’s overall success.”

    Remember, you want to show a balance between your honesty and ambition. Don’t appear overzealous, but do be confident in what you want for your future. Try not to focus on high-risk trajectories or personal endeavors. Instead, align your future with the company’s work and performance.

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