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Job Interview Question: What Are Your Goals for the Future?

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Goals and Plans

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One of the questions typically asked during an interview is about your future goals. Employers want to be sure that you won't be moving on to another job right away.

The best way to respond to the interview question "What are your goals for the future?" or "Where do you see yourself in five years?" is to refer to the position and the company you are interviewing with.

Don't discuss your goals for returning to school or having a family, they are not relevant and could knock you out of contention for the job. Rather, you want to connect your answer to the job you are applying for. Examples of good responses include:

  • My long-term goals involve growing with a company where I can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities, and contribute as much of value as I can.
  • I see myself as a top performing employee in a well-established organization, like this one. I plan on enhancing my skills and continuing my involvement in (related) professional associations.
  • Once I gain additional experience, I would like to move on from a technical position to management.
  • In the XYZ Corporation, what is a typical career path for someone with my skills and experiences?

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