Do you have an upcoming job interview? Make sure you know how to answer the “Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?“ Other similar interview questions are “Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ of time” OR “What are you looking for in terms of career development?” Check out the example answers!
#1 Example Answer
“Let me gather my thoughts… In the first 2-3 years, I see myself becoming an established [Job title] at [Company XYZ]. I plan to immerse myself in learning the ins and outs of the business, understand areas that require improvement and seek for opportunities to make the [Department team] work as efficiently as possible. For the remaining years, I see myself as being an all-round marketing specialist and liaison to extended departments including communication, sales and operations.”
#2 Example Answer
“In 5 years time from now, I see myself growing into a managerial role and demonstrating my leadership capabilities. I’d be willing to take on more responsibility within the organization, if you see me as fit of course. However, I do know that it’s very difficult to predict the future. I mean, if you’d ask me this question almost 10 years ago when I was working at [Company XYZ] as a [Job title], I’d tell you that I wanted to be a [Job title] at one of the big 4 consulting firms. That’s why I find it difficult to predict where I’ll be in 5 years’ time, but I can guarantee you one thing, I will do my utmost in this role to pursue a wonderful career at [Company ABC] with your team and your leadership.”
Interview Question Tips
- Don’t focus on a different job title or career opportunity OR say that you want to be a manager or director (unless it’s common in the industry).
- Don’t be too specific, too honest, too vague or be funny when answering this question. Keep your answers fairly general and realistic just like I did in my examples.
- Do research the company and structure your answer accordingly. Outline why the position appeals to you, your career goals and how this job may help you achieve them.
- Do come across as a dependable person who is staying here for the long-term. Ways to demonstrate commitment is by showing that you are enthusiastic and motivated.