Whether the question “Where do you see yourself in five years?” comes from an interviewer or personal reflection, how you choose to both tackle and respond to the question speaks volumes. When answering it from a personal point of view to assist yourself in chartering your course, the answer may be genuine and introspective. However, when answering the question while in a job interview, many choose to answer based upon what they think the potential employer wants to hear.
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But that might not always be the best answer. But we’ve got amazing tips for you to answer that probing question the way you should.
1) Be Honest
The worst thing you can do other than lying to someone else is to lie to yourself. It is next to impossible to seek peace and happiness in life and in a job if you are not honest. Spend time with your present self and your past lessons to determine what’s next.
2) Do Your Research
If you want to go back to school to finish your degree, map it out in terms of costs and time. If you want to transition from transactional law to litigation, speak with those who have done so before. If you want a promotion at your job, speak with your supervisors and Human Resources to determine the feasibility and best way to attain it.
3) Be Considerate
If you are interviewing for a position and this question is posed, you should not answer “I want your job in five years.” This can be taken as a threat and as a complete turn off to those interviewing you.
4) Be Specific