When you are interviewing for a new job it can be hard to articulate where you will go in the career in the next five years. Even when you do know, it is important to be careful while answering to the hiring manager because your answer would help you to clear your interview and get a required designation in the organization you are applying in.
So why do the interviewers and the hiring managers insist on asking such question?
Why interviewer asks, “Where do you see yourself in the next five years?”
This popular interview question helps the interviewer and the hiring managers to set their minds and get a sense of how your career goal align with a company and whether you are likely to have a long way or leave the job within the few months of joining.
The hiring manager hires the person who is fully motivated, proactive and would likely to stay and work hard if the person is hired. If you are succeeding in this role, important would be the long term strategy and hence the person would do perform well.
So how to answer, “Where do you see yourself in the next five years? “
This can be a very tricky question, because sometimes the answer is,”not in this job” or “in your job” or something like, “at a better opportunity elsewhere “, but the hiring manager does not want to hear up these things. The good news is the hiring manager wants an honest answer which includes telling them what do they really want to hear and what do you really want to do? Are you over ambitious? What are your long term goals? What is the particular position you are accepting?
For example, one way to express your answer:
You might say, well you are excited for this position at the applied organization because in the next five years you would see yourself as someone with a deep expertise in the applied sector. Tell them that you are also very excited to take on more responsibilities in the next five years and would take up the new upcoming projects to enlighten your career goal.