“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” isn’t always a question you consider before an interview, but HRinterviews has made it easier to prep. This is a great list of questions, put on my radar by SystematicHR with a few additional helpful hints.
I’ve had countless conversations about job hunting, shifting, seeking, imagining. We all want to find that next opportunity that affords us more growth, more autonomy, and more opportunity (a little extra compensation is nice too).
By way of prep, a quick spin will take you through the familiar and the forgotten, giving you a chance to at least think through your possible response. This conversation (or sales call, if you prefer to think of it that way), should be incredibly easy for you. After all,
- No one knows your performance, ability, and potential better than you;
- No one wants to see you succeed more than you do, and
- ONLY YOU can decide if this is a better opportunity than your current (last) setting.
In addition to “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”, a few of my other favorites to get as a candidate include:
- #16: “Tell me about a situation where your work was criticized”
- #08: “Aren’t you overqualified for this position?”
- #32: “I’m concerned you don’t have much experience in…”
There is one that sounds like my favorite “Rabbit Hole” question, but is short on advice:
TRAPS: Being unprepared or citing an example from so early in your life that it doesnâ€™t score many points for you at this stage of your career.
BEST ANSWER: This is an easy question if youâ€™re prepared. Have a recent example ready that demonstrates either:
1. A quality most important to the job at hand; or
2. A quality that is always in demand, such as leadership, initiative, managerial skill, persuasiveness, courage, persistence, intelligence, etc.
As I noted in “Alice into the Rabbit Hole,” your response needs to be crisp, reflective, and compelling. This is where you really get to strut your stuff and make a lasting impression.