Answering "How do you see yourself in 5 years?

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In summary: What are the company's values and how do they reflect in this position?- What do you think would be the best way for me to learn more about this company and what it stands for?
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during the interview at the question "How do you see you in the next 5 years?"
I just do not feel comfortable with this question as i do not know what to answer.
Thank you!
 
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They want to know if you have aspirations, if you have a plan for your career, or if you're just drifting. Someone who doesn't know where they'll be in five years is likely to not be committed to their job as they'll likely change their mind.

Bad answers:
"I don't know."
"I plan to move on to something better."
"I'll do this to pay the bills, then I'm gonig to buy a surf board and hit the beaches."
"I hope to have your job."

Good answers:
"I want to be making change in my industry."
"I plan to be [doing something important in my industry]."

They want to hear that you're
a] interested, and
b] knowedgeable
about your chosen profession.
 
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Thank you!
 
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This is a really hard question.

What I would probably suggest is look at this article, it may help you with your probelm: http://nicolewilliams.com/getahead/the-toughest-interview-questions

Your question is number five/at the bottom of the page.
 
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Make sure you are knowledgeable about the institution you are applying to and have ready some questions to ask them.
 
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The question is meant to for your interviewers to assess whether or not your goals are consistent with their intentions for the position. It also allows them to assess your personality and character a little, to make a judgement on whether or not you will fit in with current personnel.

For a temporarary position for example, it might be perfectly acceptable to give an answer along the lines of just wanting to earn some money for a short period of time, while learning about that particular industry or field. Even a minimum wage retail summer position can allow you to develop communication and basic business skills.

Equally valid questions for you to ask your potential employer along these lines are:
- Where you see this company in five years?
- What goals do you hope to accomplish with the person in this position?
- What kind of advancement can I expect to see over a five year period?
- What skills will I learn/develop in this position?
 

Related to Answering "How do you see yourself in 5 years?

1. What do you mean by "see yourself" in 5 years?

"Seeing yourself" in 5 years refers to having a clear vision or idea of where you want to be in terms of your personal and professional life in the next 5 years.

2. How can I effectively answer this question during an interview?

To effectively answer this question, you should have a specific and realistic plan in mind for your future career and personal goals. Be honest and confident in your response, and mention how your current skills and experiences align with your future goals.

3. Is it okay to have uncertainties about where I see myself in 5 years?

Yes, it is completely normal to have uncertainties about your future plans. However, it is important to show your willingness to learn and adapt to new opportunities and challenges that may arise in the next 5 years.

4. What aspects should I consider when answering this question?

When answering this question, you should consider your career goals, personal aspirations, and any potential changes or advancements in your industry. It is also important to mention how you plan to continuously improve and develop your skills in the next 5 years.

5. Can my answer to this question affect my chances of getting hired?

Yes, your answer to this question can have an impact on your chances of getting hired. Employers want to see that you have a clear and realistic plan for your future and that you are committed to continuously growing and improving in your career. Your answer can also demonstrate your motivation and dedication towards the job and the company.

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