This week we're going to be tackling the dreaded interview question, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" A lot of you have been asking us about this. You're not sure how to answer it and a lot of employers do ask this in job interviews, so there's a good chance you're going to be asked this along the way. We're going to give you a couple tips to help make you more confident when this comes along.
Let's face it, this question is hard and there's really no way getting around that fact.
"What?! Are you serious?! I don't even know what I want for dinner tonight! How am I supposed to know where I'm going to be in five years?"
Now remember, hiring managers cannot predict the future and they don't expect you to either. What they really want to know is, are you worth the time and money it's going to take to hire you. It takes a lot of effort to hire an employee. Really, it's an investment. So if you answer...
"Dude, you haven't heard of our band? We're going to be totally touring the country by then!"
Then they'll know that you're not really looking for a place to learn and grow. You're just looking for something to hold you over until your real plans take off.
The best way to answer this question is to pick a few professional goals that you really have and go from there.
"I'm really looking forward to putting my customer service skills to work in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The restaurant industry is somewhere where I'd like to develop my career, which is why I think this position is a great fit."
This is a great answer because:
- You mention your skills and strengths that you have.
- You talk about the industry as a whole and you're interested in investing your future in that area.
- You tell them you're up for a challenge so they know you're going to be a hard worker.
- You mention the position specifically so they understand you're really interested in the job they are offering.
Interviewing can cause a lot of anxiety. We know this and we've all gone through it. But if you practice your answers and practice the questions that you know you're probably going to be getting, it can really help ease the nerves.
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