Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Certainly a favourite interview question to ask…
What the interviewer really wants is to see that you’ve thought about your future, and gauge your ambition. They also want to verify that this isn’t just a stop gap position.
Although all of your answers should be tailored to the organisation and position you’ve applied for, this is especially the case with this question. If you’re going for an entry level position, for example, explain how you’d like your career to progress (e.g. ‘I’d like to progress to a Senior Software Engineer’ or ‘I see myself being a team leader…’).
If you’re going for a more senior position, explain how you’d be looking to move the company forward. Have a look at their business strategy or corporate objectives before the interview, and explain how you can help in achieving them.
Don’t shy away from you want to progress and advance your career, but at the same time don’t claim to want to take over the world.
Right answer: Fit your career goals around the organisation’s objectives, demonstrate ambition and exploit your strengths
Wrong answer: ‘in your job’