How To Answer “How Do You Want To Improve Yourself In The Next Year?”

How to answer “How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?in a job interview. Similar interview questions are: “What would you change about yourself?” or “What areas require self-improvement?

The main reason why interviewers ask this question is to find out how you view yourself, if you’re interested in self-improvement and/or if you have personal or professional priorities. That way, the interviewer can determine if there’s a cultural fit and whether they can help you reach your goals.

Example Answer (Experienced)

Next year, I’d like to improve my interpersonal skills by attending more industry-specific events and conferences. That way, I can build a professional network and meet like-minded professionals that give me new energy, ideas and knowledge that I can apply in this position.

I’ve noticed that the [Industry] is a rapidly changing environment that already requires constant self-improvement. For example, previous year I had to familiarize myself with [Software 1] and [Software 2] outside working hours. It certainly boosts productivity and helps organize group projects, but it reduces human interaction.”

Example Answer (No Experience)

“As a recent graduate, I don’t get to lead very often, at least not professionally. That’s why I’d like to improve my leadership skills and take on more responsibilities as a team leader. This could be leading scrum sessions, daily standups or other meetings.

I therefore decided to be a little more assertive in work-related situations by speaking up in front of small groups. I’ve already noticed improvement and I plan on continuing to seek out opportunities, such as attending Toastmasters here in [City], to improve in this area.”

Interview Question Tips

  • Don’t ramble about minor resolutions or annoyances. The interviewer is looking for a thoughtful and positive-minded answer. You may highlight a weakness as long as you inform them about your plan on progressing and improving it over the course of next year.
  • Don’t mention something essential to the job role. For example, when applying for a position in sales. You shouldn’t mention certain interpersonal weaknesses.

  • Do focus on professional / work-related improvements. That way, you’ll come across as an ambitious candidate that wants to take on more responsibilities and move your career forward. You can also address a personal priority, but try to keep it relevant to the job role.