Handling frequently asked interview questions Where do you want to be in 5 (or 10 or 15) years? What do you want to do with your life?
Strike a delicate balance when responding to this kind of question: Honesty/Ambition/Your desire to be working at this company.
- Avoid responses like starting your own business, running for Congress.
- Not totally inappropriate to mention the personal (marriage, family), but focus should be on professional goals.
Response could be: “I’m here to let you know that I am the best person for the job. If in the future you feel I would be a candidate for a higher level position, I know I wouldn’t be passed up.”
OR: “I hope to stay at the company and expect that in five years, I’ll make a significant advance in the organization.”
OR: “I would like to become the very best ————– your company has.”
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