Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is probably the hardest interview question to answer because, honestly, who really knows?! 5 years ago, did you think you’d be where you are today? Probably not! So, how do you answer this one?
You talk about how you set goals using the SMART method (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Timely), and then add…
“The only true way to answer that question is to look at my past. If you had asked me 5 years ago, where I would be today, I would’ve said…(*whatever you would’ve said). So, while I’d like to tell you that I’ll be a department head (*or whatever) in 5 years, I set that goal with the understanding I may be in a different place. Honestly, I usually end up doing better than the goals I set. I work hard to achieve any goal I set, but am flexible enough to adapt and perform course corrections, as necessary. I assure you that I will work hard for (*COMPANY NAME) and when the appropriate time comes for me to assume more responsibility, I will welcome that with open arms.”