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How To Answer The “Where Do Your See Yourself In 5 Years” Question In a Job Interview

5 years timeBrian just gave a great meditation on the proper way to think of a job interview.

He mentioned what he considers “cliche” job interview questions, such as: What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest weakness?

I agree. That’s a question that is straight out of the Interviewing 101 handbook. But that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter it.

And here’s another one: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I was reminded of this question because I saw it addressed last week in a great post I read on the Workawesome blog:

How to Answer “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?”

I liked how the posted addressed the question head on:

Pick up any interview tip book and the white bread answer goes something like this:

“I see myself as a productive member of the [Marketing] team.  In five years’ time, I hope to have progressed within the business to be a team leader, helping the company succeed in its operations”.


Although you could be tempted to go down this path, do you really want to rehearse the same, tired answer which other candidates will have given, time and time and time again?

The poster went on to suggest that the best way to answer that question is three part:

Part one, research the company and try to figure out where the company wants to be in 5 years. Part two, think of how you and your skill set could help the company reach their goals. And part 3, suggest you see the company having achieved those goals in 5 years, through specific contributions you have made, using your skill set.

Sounds a bit like a kiss-ass answer, I know. But it’s kind of perfect. It shows you’ve done research on the company. It shows you’ve done your homework. It shows you think you have skills that will succeed with the company, and more importantly help them succeed.

It’s sort of zen simple, but perfect.

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