How to Answer: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

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This can feel like a bit of a trick question, because sometimes the answer is, "not in this job," or, "in your job," or something like, "at a bigger better opportunity elsewhere." But none of those are things you actually want to say to a hiring manager.



What do you guys suggest??
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by micjustin33 View Post

    This can feel like a bit of a trick question, because sometimes the answer is, "not in this job," or, "in your job," or something like, "at a bigger better opportunity elsewhere." But none of those are things you actually want to say to a hiring manager.

    What do you guys suggest??
    Starting your own business.

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  • Profile picture of the author harryking1
    i think you should answer it in company point of view if you are for a job interview as they really want to hear about their company's profit .
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
    You say what they want to hear...
    "In 5 years I see myself doing great working for your company. By then, I'll know my job completely and be able to accept grater responsibility and train new people if asked".

    The interviewer is looking for ambition..but mostly stability.
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    • Profile picture of the author Odahh
      Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

      You say what they want to hear...
      "In 5 years I see myself doing great working for your company. By then, I'll know my job completely and be able to accept grater responsibility and train new people if asked".

      The interviewer is looking for ambition..but mostly stability.
      i guess this must apply to the industry and age of the applicant ..considering that average person under 40-45 only stays in the same job an average of 3 years . and there is no ladder in many companies any more ..
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  • Profile picture of the author jackharry
    Good Job is a good opportunity in our life. But after gaining experience, we should manage our own business for the sake of better opportunity and experience.
    Also, I prefer business in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    Originally Posted by micjustin33 View Post

    This can feel like a bit of a trick question,

    It's a cliche' question used when a company can't innovate in their interviews.

    The answer usually given is stock too; 'A leader in your company, Sir!'
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    hopefully taller, so not standing on a box
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    Sleeping in a big pile of cash, with many beautiful women.
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  • Profile picture of the author palmtreelife
    I don't think it's a very good question for companies to ask potential new hires, but it is a common question.

    People can smell BS stock answers a mile away. I try to never give stock answers to questions like that...although I haven't been to a job interview in a very long time.

    I might say something like "I understand your company boasts a strong training and development program, so I look forward to taking advantage of that. On my walk here, I saw many 10 year service photos on the wall, so I see myself still working for this company, but in a management position where my leadership and sales skills will set us apart from our current competition. I don't see myself working for your competition in 5 years, but I will be if I'm not working with you"

    Give them something they haven't heard before. Be confident. Leave an impression.
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  • Profile picture of the author senupal
    build you own business empire
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    If you cannot answer this question it means you dont have a proper idea of your purpose in life and trust me this its important .You must to decide what you want to do in life
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by spartan14 View Post

      If you cannot answer this question it means you dont have a proper idea of your purpose in life and trust me this its important .You must to decide what you want to do in life
      Whatever purpose you might think you have in life has got precisely nothing to do with some spotty stranger sitting across you at an interview desk.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    If you cannot answer this question it means you dont have a proper idea of your purpose in life and trust me this its important .You must to decide what you want to do in life
    Reminds me of my favorite demotivator.com slogan

    "What if my purpose in life is only to serve as a warning to others...."


    When an interviewer asks that - he doesn't really want to know....
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  • Profile picture of the author Couponsbiss
    Umm in future I am seeing that I am starting my own business.
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  • Profile picture of the author CherryMiss
    Did you think about your career opportunities? I would answer something like "I see myself working as a Team Leader. I will boost our team productivity and increase brand loyalty". But I am a team leader now. So I recommend to define your goals first. If you don't want to manage a team you shouldn't reply like me.
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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    Worm food sounds like a viable option.
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

      Worm food sounds like a viable option.
      Arr, great you have made Claude hungry again.
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      Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

      Worm food sounds like a viable option.
      Arr, great you have made Claude hungry again.

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      • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
        Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

        Arr, great you have made Claude hungry again.

        Nowhere, did I mention 'Snake Treats!'
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