Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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|Ritabrata Mitra said: (Mar 9, 2018)|
|Leading a diverse team of this company. I am a valuable asset of this company, as lots of responsibilities upon me. On personal front its having a hatch in my name.|
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|Manneesh Jain said: (Mar 8, 2018)|
|I want to reach higher level with new assignments and I can utilize my entire skills and experience.|
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|Pranjal Gumasta said: (Mar 8, 2018)|
|To earn new responsibilities within the company, reaching at higher position and helping the company to succeed.|
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|Nitesh said: (Mar 6, 2018)|
|After 5 years, I see myself growing with this company and reaching a level where I become a valuable asset to the company. At that time company is not afford to lose me.|
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|Ishaan Pandey said: (Mar 4, 2018)|
|Sir, honestly the only thing I have been interested in since the age of six is astronomy. I am irritated of not being able to try my luck for my dream job. I know the names of all of Saturn's moons and the temperature of interstellar space and how much is absolute zero and if you want, I can name 35 galaxies and 20 stars without a single fumble. I know how a rocket's engine works. I know the entire structure of the ISSS and a spacesuit. So, I shall do what I desire. In the future, I would like to be remembered as a revolutionary scientist who took this world to the next generation of astronomy.|
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|Vedha said: (Feb 28, 2018)|
|I will be in the place, what I deserve for my work.|
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|Caroll said: (Feb 23, 2018)|
|My goal right now is to join a company that is going to enable me to build my career, and I choose my company because it has the best innovative thinkers who I know will help me build my carrier.|
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|Bandana Chakraborty said: (Feb 19, 2018)|
|Whatever right now after five years I want to b more developed and professional.|
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|Sameer said: (Feb 14, 2018)|
|After 5 years, I want to see myself CEO of Microsoft.|
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|Abhinav said: (Feb 10, 2018)|
I do not have many dreams in my life I just Aspire to lead a healthy and good life. CEO to come out this question I would like to say I just see myself as a better individual from what I am today and from 5 years more from 5 years after I would see myself better individual progress towards the best.
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|Rohit Goyal said: (Feb 9, 2018)|
|To be honest, it's very difficult to speak about post five years because this will be my first interaction with the corporate world, I want to experience the work environment and learning opportunities. Currently, I am looking forward to garnish my skills and make myself more effective for the organization I work in.|
Gradually, I wish to get involved in the leading roles.
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|Megha Patel said: (Feb 8, 2018)|
|I would see myself personally and professionally devolp and make my company proud.|
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|Md Shabbir Hussain said: (Feb 8, 2018)|
|Sir, after five years. |
Everyone will tell me that whatever you today just because of your integrity, honesty, hard working. Thank you.
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|Immaculate Murugi said: (Feb 6, 2018)|
|I see myself successfully growing and developing within the company I represent.|
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|Anik Kumar Bhattacherjee said: (Feb 6, 2018)|
|I see myself growing with this company and reaching a position where I become a valuable asset for the organization and also become the inspiration for others to live Happy and successful life.|
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|Raman said: (Feb 5, 2018)|
|After 5 years, I would like to see myself leading a team of dedicating and motivate employees towards the goal of the company and in the process, I would like to grow as an individual both professionally and personally.|
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|Ekshwaku M Pendalwar said: (Feb 3, 2018)|
|I'm really driven to achieve both mine and the company's goals, and it is my belief that this stability will allow me to do so as I grow into this role. Five years down the road I see myself growing into a supervisor or manager where I'll be able to use my skills to support and influence others.|
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|Kayathri said: (Feb 1, 2018)|
|Today. I am known by name, after 5 years I will be known for my work. I will make my parents and my company to be proud of getting me.|
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|Hitesh said: (Jan 30, 2018)|
|5 years down the line, my focus would be to learn and get experience by applying what I've learnt from the curriculam during MBA, in a practical manner. Along with that, I would want to develop a good network as it is of utmost importance in any aspect of professional life.|
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|Alvin said: (Jan 27, 2018)|
|I want to have a good life and above all I want to help my loved one and help people help me.|
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|Bhanu Prakash said: (Jan 27, 2018)|
|As per my struggle for the company from now, (i guess) , I would become a team leader!|
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|Shaik Ghouse Basha said: (Jan 26, 2018)|
|I want see myself after 5 years as a responsible person and where my company want to see As valulable person.|
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|Souvik Saha said: (Jan 26, 2018)|
|After 5 years, I want to see myself as a good problem solver.|
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|Somu said: (Jan 26, 2018)|
|I see myself growing with the company and achieve a reputed position so that I become an asset for the organisation and make my parents proud of having a daughter like me.|
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|Nikhil Bondre said: (Jan 21, 2018)|
|As I am at the start of my career, my goal is to develop my skills and offer me new responsibilities as I progress. In five years time, I expect that some of these responsibilities might involve managing others.|
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|Alvin said: (Jan 18, 2018)|
|I see myself in 5 years I want to gain more profit and also want to small business and I want to house and lot someday. And also help the other people needed.|
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|Shubhi Singhal said: (Jan 16, 2018)|
|Today I have known by my father's name but in next 5 years my father will be known by my name.|
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|Swati Gera said: (Jan 16, 2018)|
|After five years, I want to see myself as a motivated and satisfied employer in your organization.|
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|Vishal said: (Jan 16, 2018)|
|However the future is going to build by you are presents steps. The steps I take when I join your company, to obtain a position of responsibilities where I can utilize my skills and enrich my knowledge with an experience.|
This automatically fetches me the position in an organization to takeover lead of important services, where I can guide my teamates are any individual.
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|Naeem Heart Winner said: (Jan 14, 2018)|
|You know sir, Future is uncertain but with hope after five years I would like to see myself on TV in newspapers because of my success.|
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|Harini said: (Jan 10, 2018)|
|Well, definitely as a finance professional with deep expertise and indepth knowledge, gain experience on managerial responsibilities in next few years so that potentially take lead on projects I'm assigned for.|
I want to achieve a position where I can be a valuable asset for the organisation by gaining practical knowledge on different aspects related to my job.
Lastly, to grow as an individual and be healthy and prosperous.
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|Shivaay said: (Jan 9, 2018)|
|5 years down the line I see myself as a mid-tier associate having a relevant work experience in my field, helping out the newcomers, cooperating with my colleagues and thus developing on an individual as well as on organizational level.|
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|Mubashira said: (Jan 7, 2018)|
|I see myself at a position where I will be the Inspiration for others to live a happy successful life.|
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|Prakash said: (Jan 3, 2018)|
|Presently, I have theoretical knowledge after 5years I will gain good practical knowledge of different aspects.|
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|Sandeep Damar said: (Jan 2, 2018)|
|Well, I know future is uncertain, Today I'm a candidate, after five years, I would want to see myself at well-reputed position with full of knowledge in my field by which I can help my company or organization in any difficult situations and also I want to see myself to be an effective worker where company can't afford to lose me at any cost or situation.|
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|Viji Vijayan said: (Dec 30, 2017)|
|I see myself developing with this organization and achieving a position where I turn into a significant resource for the association.|
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|Nitin K said: (Dec 29, 2017)|
|I would like to be in a position where the seniors call me for my views before taking any critical and important decision which affecting the future prospects of our organization.|
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|Bhawya said: (Dec 22, 2017)|
|In the upcoming 5 years, I would like to see myself in the managerial cadre of your reputed company. Along with that, I will go for extra training and courses which will further enhance my skills. So that, I can increase profitability for this organization.|
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|Parmeshwar Nishad said: (Dec 16, 2017)|
|I see myself growing with this company and reaching a position where I become a valuable asset for the organization.|
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|Marwan Hr said: (Dec 16, 2017)|
|It's Fine But I see My Self To Learn Everything BCS No one professional in this life we learn everything even single day so if I want to see myself I Do my best to make my self-nice pic with other staff.|
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HOW TO ANSWER: Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?
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Posted by Pamela Skillings
Where do you see yourself in five years? This interview question is not designed to test your psychic powers.
No interviewer expects candidates to be able to describe EXACTLY what they will be doing in 1,820 days. In fact, a truthful answer about what you HOPE to be doing can easily sabotage your odds of landing a job offer.
So why do interviewers insist on asking this question?
Why Interviewers Ask, “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?”
The interviewer wants to understand more about your career goals and how this position would fit into your grand plan. They care about your career goals because they want to hire someone who is motivated, proactive, and likely to stick around and work hard if hired.
If succeeding in this role is important to you as part of your long-term career strategy, you are much more likely to perform well.
You may also hear one of these similar/related questions that are not quite as cliched as the old “5 years” chestnut:
- What are your long-term career goals?
- What is your ideal job at this stage in your career?
- What are you looking for?
- How do you define success?
- What’s most important to you in you career?
How to Answer The Question
In today’s competitive job market, interviewers are looking for any red flag to use as an excuse not to hire someone. So you could be unfairly eliminated from contention if you answer this question in a way that even hints this is not the one and only job of your dreams.
Understandably, an employer wants to hire someone who is truly excited about the job at hand, someone who sees it as a great career move and will work tirelessly to do a good job.
You may have already said that you’re interested in the job and why. But they are testing you further by asking, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
If your five-year goal is to become an investment banker, it’s going to be hard for them to believe that this position as an IT marketing manager is your dream job.
Hiring managers don’t generally enjoy recruiting, hiring, and training new people. It can be a time-consuming and difficult process. Your interviewer does not want to invest time and effort in someone who is already planning to leave for something better as soon as it comes along (whether that’s a job that’s a better fit, grad school, or your own business).
After all, if she hires you and you quit after a month or two, she’s going to look really bad to her bosses.
In reality, you are probably considering a few different potential career paths. It’s smart for you to keep your options open to a certain extent. However, you don’t have to advertise this fact in your job interviews.
Let’s be clear: You should never lie during a job interview. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be 100% candid about all of the directions that you are investigating.
Inside Big Interview, our complete training system for job interviews, we give you video lessons, sample answers, and an interactive practice tool for all of these different versions of “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Watch this brief video to learn a little more about Big Interview, and click here to take a quick look at the program.
So what should you say?
1. Keep your answer fairly general, especially if you don’t know a lot about the typical career path at the company. For most interview questions, I recommend being SPECIFIC because general answers tend to be bland and easily forgettable. This is the exception. Make your answer truthful, but broad enough that it doesn’t raise doubts about whether you would be a good fit for this position at this organization.
2. Stress your interest in a long-term career at the company (especially if you have short job tenures on your resume). Your interviewer wants to know that you’re ready to settle in and grow with the firm. The truth is that anything can happen. The company could go out of business, they could lay you off, or you could be lured away for a better opportunity.
However, remember that the organization is going to be investing considerable time, energy, and money in hiring and training someone for this job. You must at least show an honest intention to stay long enough to be a good investment. If you have some “job hopping” on your resume, it’s particularly important to make the case that you’re now ready for a long-term role.
3. Demonstrate your enthusiasm for the job as an exciting next step for you. Most importantly, make it clear that you are motivated to take on this opportunity right now.
Example Answer to “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?”
Why We Like It:
The emphasis is on growing with the company (he’s a good long-term hire) and taking on new challenges (he’s goal-oriented, proactive), not on a specific title or job description (he’s flexible).
More Example Responses
1. “My goal right now is to find a position at a company where I can grow and take on new challenges over time. Ultimately, I’d like to assume more management responsibilities and get involved in product strategy. But most importantly, I want to work for an organization where I can build a career.”
Why We Like It:
This answer offers some insight into the candidate’s goals and interests (becoming a manager, being involved in product strategy) so it’s not too generic. This response also strongly expresses a desire for a long-term career with the company.
2. “I am driven to be the best at what I do and I want to work somewhere where I’ll have opportunities to develop my skills, take on interesting projects, and work with people I can really learn from. Some of the most innovative thinkers in the industry work here and that’s a big reason why I would love to build a career here.”
Why We Like It:
With this answer, the candidate is emphasizing her focus on learning, performance, and achievement. She is also complimenting the company and its reputation for hiring quality people (including the interviewer, perhaps?). The reference to “building a career here” indicates an interest in sticking around and contributing.
Special Scenarios: Make Your Narrative Believable
In some situations, your answer to this question will be particularly important. If you’re making a career change or this position doesn’t seem like an obvious next step based on your resume, your interviewer may be suspicious about whether you REALLY are committed to this field or just need to make a few bucks until something better comes along.
Nobody wants to hire an applicant who is halfhearted about the job. It’s like dating someone who is using you for free dinners until someone she’s REALLY attracted to comes along.
Your response to “Where do you see yourself in five years?” is your opportunity to sell the interview on your commitment to the career path and the position.
For example, let’s say you were recently laid off after working in academia for five years and are now interviewing for a job in biotechnology management. To be seriously considered, you need to be able to describe why you are excited about making the switch and building a career in biotech. You don’t want to leave the impression that this would only be a temporary diversion until something opens up for you in your “real” field of interest.
This is also relevant for new grads. If your major and internships are in a totally different area, be prepared to talk convincingly about why you want to invest the next five years in this new field represented by the open position.
How Not to Answer “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?”
1. Don’t overthink it:“Well, that’s a very hard question. I don’t know what I’ll be doing in 5 years….hmmmm….that’s tough.”
In my work with individual clients, I’ve seen this mistake a million times. It’s great that you take the question seriously, but you are not being evaluated based on accuracy of answer. Use your answer to reassure the interviewer that you’re invested in this career path.
2. Don’t be too specific:“I plan to be a VP at a major firm with at least 7 direct reports, a company car, and a salary of 150K (plus options of course).”
Ambition is good. Goals are good. However, if you are too specific, you run the risk of stating goals that are not realistically achievable in the job available. From the interviewer’s perspective, that means you’re not a good fit.
3. Don’t be flaky:“I’d love to be CEO in five years. Then again, I’d also love to be touring with my band if that takes off.”
You can come across as flaky if you seem to have a million different ideas about what you want to do — or if you have zero clear ideas about your future. In reality, many good candidates are exploring different options or are still trying to figure it out. However, a job interview is not a session with your career coach. You want to give the impression that you’re focused and have a plan (even if it’s not the only plan you’re considering).
4. Don’t raise red flags:“Well, I’m not sure. I’m thinking about law school or business school or clown college.”
Many job seekers have long-term visions of going back to school or starting their own business. These are admirable goals, but there’s no need to share them with your interviewer, especially if you’re still weighing your possibilities.
Of course, if you’ve already committed to full-time grad school or another path that will conflict with your ability to perform in the job, it’s only fair to be open about that.
Also, there are some career paths that require advanced degrees and/or other additional training. For example, many finance and management consulting career paths require an MBA. In these cases, it will be expected that your five-year plan will include more schooling.
One Last Word of Advice
Take the time to think about this question and prepare a response. Don’t memorize a script, but practice how you will describe your long-term career plans in a way that will be relevant to the interviewer and help you tell your story about why you’re the best person for the job.
Here is CollegeHumor’s interesting take on this classic interview question.
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Pamela Skillings is co-founder of Big Interview. As an interview coach, she has helped her clients land dream jobs at companies including Google, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan Chase. She also has more than 15 years of experience training and advising managers at organizations from American Express to the City of New York. She is an adjunct professor at New York University and an instructor at the American Management Association.