January 18, 2020
Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years? – Interview Sample Answer

Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years? – Interview Sample Answer


In this video, you’ll learn how to answer
the common interview question “where do you see yourself in five years?” and if
you stay around until the end, I’ll show you how not to answer this question and
how to answer this question. Hey there, if we’ve never met before, I’m Heather Austin
from ProfessorAustin.com and The Career Club on Facebook and
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The interview question “where do you see yourself in five years?’ is a tough one.
Most of us aren’t thinking about where we see ourselves in a year, let alone
five years so when this question it comes up in an interview it can really
throw you for a loop. Now interviewers are asking this because
they want to gauge your long-term commitment to the company so in this
video I’m going to share three simple solutions that you can use to answer
this common question. Tip number one, know the career progression before interview
day. Make sure you’ve learned everything you can about the natural and logical
progression of someone that is in the position you are applying for. This will
help you better tailor your answer to this question so that you’re not saying
something that you’ll regret later. For example, let’s say that you are applying
for a position as a project manager. Most project managers start out on a team
that is led by another senior level project manager. Within time, a project
manager can make a smooth transition into a senior level project manager or
even a chief operating officer. Use resources like Google and the Bureau of
Labor Statistics to find out the job outlook and the advancement for the
position that you are applying for. This leads us to tip number two to answer the
question “where do you see yourself in five years?” and that is to
show your passion for the position. One of the best ways to tackle this question
is to let the interviewer know that you are extremely passionate about the
position you are applying for. This will help you keep your focus on the current
position rather than pinpointing other positions within the organization you
would like to move into. You’ll want to elaborate on the impact you make and
express your interest in taking on more responsibilities in the future and even
leadership. Tip number three to answer the common interview question “where do
you see yourself in five years?” and that is to show your long-term commitment to
the company. Chances are you’ll advance in your career over the next five years.
Meaning you’ll out grow the current position, but employers want to know that
you’ll be there for a while. Now it’s not cheap for a company to recruit and hire
new talent so they want to know if they make an investment in you for the role
that it will be a wise investment so to demonstrate your long-term commitment to
the company, make sure you mention the value you’ll provide to the company and
what you would like the company to experience as a result of you being in
the role so when it comes to answering this question make sure you avoid
answers like “in five years from now I want to see myself in your shoes” or “in
five years from now I see myself running this place.” Rather answer the question
like this: “In five years from now I see myself perfecting the role of project
manager. I am very passionate about ensuring all departments are functioning
effectively in staying on task. In the long term, I’d like to assume more
leadership responsibilities by using my strengths in management, organization and
communication. You’ll notice in this example that the first part of the
answer focuses on the candidates passion for the position. The second part focuses
on how the candidate can help the company with long-term growth and the
candidate also mentions their desire for advancement without being too overboard.
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34 thoughts on “Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years? – Interview Sample Answer

  1. Hey guys! This interview question is tough. Learn my three simple steps to best answer it. Feel free to comment below with your biggest frustration when it comes to a job interview.

  2. This is definitely a tricky question that can get you hired or leave you hanging. When I first started working, I always answers wrong. I learned it the hard way so it’s nice you are sharing these golden nuggets with everyone!

  3. Such smart advice. Many people don't realized the importance of researching the company and the position.

  4. Where do I see myself in 5 years? It's an interesting question considering we are always growing so the minute we think it we are on the way to it and by the time we arrive 5 years from now, we are probably in a different place than we were when we asked in the first place! uh oh, got all philosophical for a moment. Love it when you get me thinking! …. I can see why companies like this question. and it is a hard one to answer…. Your tips make is much easier…and a place to really drop before you get there and they ask it!!!!! Ohh Heather, good thing you are around! Because this will help! ~Elizabeth πŸ™‚

  5. These are some great tips. I agree with what you said about including how you can help the company with long-term growth . Cheers!

  6. Hi Heather, your tips are really good!

    However, an interviewer who makes a question like that and wants to get a sincere and realistic answer might be frustrated in the short term.

    Why? Five years, nowadays, is a long time for someone to stay in a company, mostly if we're talking about a young IT professional. If this question was made by the contracting area, instead of it, the interviewer should evaluate whether the candidate is in line today with the objectives and expected results to be delivered to the company in a short and long-terms no matter how long the professional will remain in the team.

    A happy, focused and motivated professional aligned with the vision of company will deliver good results and will stay longer. Of course, this is just my opinion.

  7. Your tip to show your passion is HUGE! Interviewers want to know that you are someone that is a great fit for the company in the long term.

  8. If I am still on this planet, I will have a very successful, high six figure business, working 3 days a week. I will be enjoying life, travelling and visiting family and friends.

  9. How NOT to answer the question is pretty VIP. I like how you provide solid examples for people to follow. πŸ™‚

  10. You certainly know all of the questions that cause us all to cringe! Knowing the career progression is a great point.

  11. Such a nice way of putting together the response to this questions which is a must. Dividing your answer in two is indeed the easiest, more complete and practical method of responding. Very useful content, Heather! πŸ™‚

  12. I especially like Tip #2 because it shows you are thinking about the company when you answer the question. Awesome video, Heather!

  13. Great advice. It’s tricky for both the employer and employee to make sure both are the right fit for the role.

  14. I love your top, such a pretty color on you!!! Thanks for your tips, they are amazing as always!!πŸ’›

  15. It's about time someone throw out some effective information on this tough question! You made it easy, thank you~!

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  17. I recently told someone in an employment questionnaire in a year I wanted to move to a bigger place but also mentioned if I liked the position I might stay (I live in a smaller town). So it's kind of mixed impression and I likely I won't have the job because of it. On positive I said if I enjoyed the job I would stay. However my desire for bigger things likely puts the employer uneasy. Putting myself in the other person's position, I would feel a bit pressured to provide reasons to stay or that the person will just quit when they had a chance of something else.

    While I showed ambition, sometimes it's not the right fit especially in smaller areas where maybe the employer wants to build a more loyal smaller team. I'm a Millennial so we're naturally going to go for the stars. However, sometimes it is that quality in smaller places that turns employers off.

  18. Thanks and GOD BLESS ! May the LORD JESUS CHRIST bless the one reading this and his/her life may be use for his glory and purpose. GOD BLESS YOU ALL !

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