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Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? – Ideal Sample Answer

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Hi, it’s Linda Raynier of Career Strategist, Speaker and Coach. And in this video I’m going to show you exactly how to answer the “Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?” interview question in a way that gets you closer to landing the job offer without putting off the interviewer. And here’s a hint. The answer doesn’t involve you saying that you want to be a Manager or Director in the next 5 years. So if you struggle with this interview question then pay attention, because I have a secret formula that I think works across any job title and any industry. Now before we answer this question, we need to understand why the employer is asking us this in the first place. As realistic or unrealistic as that may seem, if you give any hints that you plan to be elsewhere, and not work at this company from now well into the future, then they’ll consider that as a red flag and likely not consider you further in the process. So if you actually truly plan to run a business in the next 5 years, maybe a good idea to NOT mention that as part of your answer.

You want to ensure that your answer speaks to this job and only to what this job has to offer. Sometimes companies don’t know if they’ll have a higher level role for you to go into in the next 2, 3, 5 years. So if you make it sound like it’s your expectation to be promoted into a Manager title, Manager role or Director role in the next X number of years, then they’ll likely err on the side of caution and not consider you further, because they may not be able to provide you what you want.

Or they’ll see you as overly ambitious and using this opportunity as a stepping stone to get to the next level. Okay so now we understand why this question is asked, I’ll now give you my magic formula for how this question should be answered. There are 2 parts to this answer and in this example, I’ve used an accounting type of example. But you’ll understand the structure as we go along. So, part 1 of the answer is: So that is part 1. Part 2 is: The reason why this formula works so well is because firstly, you’re keeping it general. You’re not talking about specific titles you want to achieve, which may put off some interviewers.

And instead, you’re talking about “what you’ll do” instead of “who you’ll be” in the next 5 years. And secondly, you show that you’re eager and that you truly want this job. That you’re focused on this role, and this role only. That you simply want to help and give value. So if you’ve been saying anything other than this and you like this little 2-part formula that I’ve come up with to answer the, “Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?” interview question, then feel free to use it, and let me know how it goes. So now you know how to answer this interview question, but do you know if your resume is good enough for the interview in the first place? Feel free to download a copy of my 10 Ultimate Resume Hacks Cheat Sheet located in the link below where you’ll learn tips and tricks on how to land more interviews and ideally job offers. If you liked this video then please give it a thumbs up, subscribe, share it with your friends. Thank you so much for watching and I will see you in the next video!