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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by mrgolf on Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:17 pm

http://blog.simplyhired.com/2011/02/interview-question-where-do-you-see-yourself-in-5-years.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mar8#axzz1G1nEoj2T
Interview Question: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Whether you're a new graduate or someone with a few years of experience under your belt, you might come across interview questions about where you'd like to go in your career during your job search. One of the more common versions of this question is, "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?". Although it may not be the most creative question, it's an important question to ask yourself anyway, and you should have a response prepared for the interview.

First, let's consider what the interviewer is really asking. They want to find out a few things: Have you given thought to your career? Are you ambitious or do you lack initiative? Do your goals fit with those of the company? Are you going to be a long-term employee or are you going to jump ship for the next big opportunity?

The interviewer doesn't want to hear that you don't plan to stay at their company for long, but instead plan to start your own business, go to grad school or live on a beach in Greece. What they want to hear is that you're looking to make a commitment to the company and that the role is not only exactly what you're looking for but also something you do well.

Don't be too rigid in your goals, such as, "I want to be promoted within a year, and be managing a team six months after that." This can automatically take you out of consideration if the position has little growth opportunity. And if you are applying for an entry-level position, this seems presumptuous and they may go with a different candidate that has more realistic goals.

A good answer to this question will show you've thought about your career and that you want to continue to learn and grow at their company, as well as shows off your strengths and accomplishments. If you have strong values about contributing to the team or working at a large corporation, include this in your answer.

For example, a good answer could be, "I'd like to continue progressing in the marketing field, and see myself in a more senior marketing role. Judging by our conversation so far, this position would give me the opportunity to gain new skills and techniques that would help me to advance. I'd like to continue taking on more responsibilities and am confident that I can make positive contributions to the team that will bring the company more success."

Keep in mind that the goal of the interview is to convince your interviewer that you are the best person for the job so that you will proceed to the next stage of the job search process: the offer. So, show the interviewer that you can contribute to the company's success!



Read more on the Simply Hired Blog: http://blog.simplyhired.com/2011/02/interview-question-where-do-you-see-yourself-in-5-years.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mar8#ixzz1G2N65KW3
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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by Jen on Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:35 pm

In a FEMA Camp. Suspect
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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by Sunrise on Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:49 pm

It's too painful to think about right now. Embarassed
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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:01 pm

Jen wrote:In a FEMA Camp. Suspect

Sadly agree.

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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by Sovereign on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:04 pm

In a third-world banana republic. Possibly right here, but hopefully a different one in the Caribbean.
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Post by UPCHITCREEK on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:06 pm

laramel wrote:
Jen wrote:In a FEMA Camp. Suspect

Sadly agree.



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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by nuttin2lose on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:06 pm

No disrespect, but 5 years? Much more concerned with where I ll be next month.

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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by Jen on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:08 pm

nuttin2lose wrote:No disrespect, but 5 years? Much more concerned with where I ll be next month.
It was an article about that question in interviews. Very Happy I didn't read it or answer what I would in an interview. I just answered what it could be.
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Post by nuttin2lose on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:13 pm

Jen wrote:
nuttin2lose wrote:No disrespect, but 5 years? Much more concerned with where I ll be next month.
It was an article about that question in interviews. Very Happy I didn't read it or answer what I would in an interview. I just answered what it could be.
Oops, my bad I guess.

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Post by Jen on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:14 pm

nuttin2lose wrote:
Jen wrote:
nuttin2lose wrote:No disrespect, but 5 years? Much more concerned with where I ll be next month.
It was an article about that question in interviews. Very Happy I didn't read it or answer what I would in an interview. I just answered what it could be.
Oops, my bad I guess.
Not a problem. I was just letting you know why the OP had that question in it.
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Post by Sunrise on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:35 pm

I have an interview on Thursday. They have a rigid set of questions they ask so I am not sure that that one will come up. Here I go trying to fake it that I'll want to stay there and advance, etc.

I've got a couple of days to get into my Hollywood persona. affraid
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Post by Jen on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:39 pm

Sunrise wrote:I have an interview on Thursday. They have a rigid set of questions they ask so I am not sure that that one will come up. Here I go trying to fake it that I'll want to stay there and advance, etc.

I've got a couple of days to get into my Hollywood persona. affraid
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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by kman on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:44 pm

I was asked that queston on an interview for a TEMP job for a large law firm - I gave a totally BS answer (they didn't know it was BS but I said something they wanted to hear). I don't know why they would care? Baffling to me.
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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by Sunrise on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:47 pm

kman wrote:I was asked that queston on an interview for a TEMP job for a large law firm - I gave a totally BS answer (they didn't know it was BS but I said something they wanted to hear). I don't know why they would care? Baffling to me.

For a temp job, outrageous unless it was temp-to-perm.

I guess they forgot to dig out the right set of interview questions. lol!
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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by Guest on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:53 pm

The answer to that question is; Right here talking to you about that raise I haven't gotten yet. Laughing

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Post by sbraney on Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:55 pm

jail -

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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by njcookies on Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:01 pm

hopefully still alive
GOOD LUCK sunrise!!!!

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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by kman on Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:21 pm

sbraney wrote:jail -

Why - are you a fugitive on the run and hiding in this Forum? LOL
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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by Guest on Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:32 pm

kman wrote:I was asked that queston on an interview for a TEMP job for a large law firm - I gave a totally BS answer (they didn't know it was BS but I said something they wanted to hear). I don't know why they would care? Baffling to me.

I hate that question I have only had 2 interviews but both times I wanted to say definately not here. LOL!

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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by Sunrise on Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:46 pm

Opps! I just made a mistake - there was a job on Craigslist where I read the description, etc. But because the job was posted last month, I called to make sure that it was still available before I do all the work of revising my resume and writing a cover letter. I am overqualified for the position, by the way so that gives you an idea of how much work I would have to do with revising my resume.

At the end of the ad (I just looked at it again), it says no phone calls. Well, I left a message with the company and I'll see if they call me back.

I definitely would not be there 5 years from now.
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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by mrgolf on Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:52 pm

Jen wrote:In a FEMA Camp. Suspect
Is food included?
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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:51 pm

mrgolf wrote:
Jen wrote:In a FEMA Camp. Suspect
Is food included?

Based on my own experience with FEMA I would advise don't count on food, water, housing, meds, diapers or baby formula being available at the FEMA camp.

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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by mrgolf on Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:32 pm

Need2Bworking wrote:
Based on my own experience with FEMA I would advise don't count on food, water, housing, meds, diapers or baby formula being available at the FEMA camp.
Were you effected by Hurricane Katrina?
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Re: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:52 pm

I have to say I hope in 5 years I am still not one of the Top Ten Posters.

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Post by Guest on Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:11 pm

laramel wrote:I have to say I hope in 5 years I am still not one of the Top Ten Posters.
You bumming today? being a Top Ten poster is a good thing, sense of community...I know what your saying though

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