Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

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This can feel like a bit of a trick question, because sometimes the answer is, “not in this job,” or, “in your job,” or something like, “at a bigger better opportunity elsewhere.” But none of those are things you actually want to say to a hiring manager.

You can be honest while still telling them what they really want to know.Think about where this position could realistically take you, and think about how that aligns with some of your broader professional goals.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

  • I see myself being an integral part of this department and organization, serving as the go-to problem solver and mentoring others on my team. I intend to take courses and act on feedback I receive to advance my skills and grow as an employee.
  • I look forward to learn new skills and improve my knowledge to advance my career. In five years from now, I see myself as a knowledgeable professional having an in-depth knowledge of the company and the industry.”
  • Within five years I would like to be recognized as an expert in terms of product knowledge, have developed very close relationships with clients, have significantly expanded the client base in my region, and perhaps have been assigned some major national clients.
  • I am really looking forward to spending the next five years in an organization where I feel I share all of its values, especially when it comes to [some values]. I would love to have the opportunity to demonstrate my leadership capabilities when the time is right, hopefully within 5 years and contribute to its growing success.

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