The reason why interviewers ask this question is to find out how candidates view themselves, what they feel they have to offer and to what extend they are thinking about their future perspective. It helps interviewers gauge a candidate’s career aspirations and how well it matches the open position.
Example Answer (With Experience)
“In all honesty, I really can’t imagine myself doing anything other than sales in the retail industry. I’ve been a [Job title] for over five years and, more importantly, I really do believe it matches my personality and skill set. But if I had to choose something, I’d probably pick a job in real estate. I’m quite confident about my ability to interact, network and close deals. That’s because I could apply the same principles to connect, persuade and influence clients’ buying behavior.”
Example Answer (No Experience)
“I’d eventually like to become a true expert and master as a [Job title] in the [Industry]. However, I do know that such a job requires a high level of stress tolerance, skills and experience. Therefore, I plan to immerse myself in this position, understand areas that can be improved on and really get to know the ins and outs of the business. My plan is to really enjoy the process and short-term wins for long-term success. ”
Interview Question Tips
- Don’t pick a job that’s unrelated to the open position, unless it’s obviously a side job. For example, students usually combine school and a part-time job to earn some extra income.
- Don’t mention a specific company you’d like to work at but describe your ideal company in general terms. Also, don’t mention any competitors.
- Do focus on the journey not the destination. Explain which (transferrable) skills and what experience you first need to obtain to land your dream job. That way, you’ll come across as a self-motivated candidate who is staying for the long-term.