Your real competition isn't some job hunter off the street. It's the candidate who was
coached by The Headhunter. Use The Headhunter's insider perspective to your advantage;
don't let it sneak up and bite you!
40. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is one of the Top Ten Stupid Interview Questions you're likely to be
asked in an interview. I advise employers not to ask it because:
- there are so many "canned" answers floating around that it's meaningless
and few people answer it candidly any more; and,
- changes in technology and business render almost any career goal ephemeral.
Of course, the point of the question is to find out what your interests and ambitions
are. So, forget about clever answers and be honest with the employer. If you don't know where you see yourself in five years,
tell the employer where you see yourself in six months or a year: "Contributing to the profitability of this company by
doing x, y and z for you." Then explain what x, y and z are in sufficient detail to demonstrate your expertise. Focus
your discussion on the work to be done, and you'll impress the manager.
(If you've had your fill of this question and want to turn the tables on the employer,
try this: "Gee, do you keep your average employee for five years?" If they don't boot you out of the
interview, you may have found an employer who really "gets" it.)
A tip for employers: A better question to ask is, "Tell me what you'll do in
this job to benefit my business, then explain to me how that will help you accomplish your career goals."
A tip for job candidates: Many companies won't exist in their current form in five
years. Most start-ups won't survive at all past two. Don't forget to ask the interviewer, "Where do you see this company
in 5 years?"
Before you get an offer, start Peeling The Offer. How Zen!
The contents of this site are Copyright (c)
1995-2015 North Bridge Group LLC.
All rights reserved.
This material is for personal use only. Republication and redissemination,
including posting to news groups, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent.
Ask The Headhunter, Fearless Job Hunting, the ATH logo and other ATH titles are trademarks or registered trademarks of North Bridge
Group LLC and
Nick A. Corcodilos.
agreement, legal information and disclaimer.