Last week I went over a key tip for structuring your resume. In today’s blog I am going to review how to answer that daunting question every new graduate hates, “Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?” Working at an IT recruiting agency in Toronto, we ask this question all the time, and you’d be surprised at how many people don’t have a quality response.

Where do you see yourself in five yearsThe obvious answer is, “Hopefully not unemployed, without any job offers,” but most hiring managers would not appreciate this response. Don’t get caught without a response before heading into your interview.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when answering the common interview question,

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

1. Confidence is great, but overconfidence is an instant interview killer:

The last thing a hiring manager wants is to hear is that your ambition is to be their boss in 5-10 years. Even if the title of CEO is what you hope to achieve, try to swing your response in a way to shows you want to work for an organization that will reward your hard work through growth within the company.

2. Refrain from telling a hiring manager of your plans to go back to school in a year or two:

Even if that is your ultimate goal, they are looking to hire someone who can grow within the company and hiring an employee for a year or two may not be too enticing to them.

The answer to "Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?"

3. Don’t share your goals outside of the job:

If your goal is to attain a job in a field which has nothing to do with the job you are currently interviewing for, omit that in the interview. A hiring manger wants to know you have a passion for the position they are interviewing you for. If you make it known to them that you do not want to stay in that particular field of employment for a substantial amount of time, they will be able to find other new graduates who would be eager for that exact position.

The Key is Honesty

Try to answer as honestly as you can because hiring managers appreciate honesty. As long as you have managed to describe your career goals without lying and coming across as too arrogant, you will have successfully answered this tricky interview question and hopefully succeed in getting the job!

How would you reply to this question? Or maybe you have once said something that wasn’t wise in response to this question? I want to hear your feedback!

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