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How to Best Answer "Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?"

How to Best Answer "Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?"

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“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

 

That's one of the most cringeworthy interview questions of all time.

 

Um. I don’t know. Getting takeout with my terrier? Oh, wait - let’s go with “biggest pop star since Britney Spears.” How does that sound?

 

Come on. You can’t see far enough into the future to know what’s for dinner tonight.

 

So, why would hiring managers expect you to tell them where you’ll be in five years. You don’t own a crystal ball. 

 

Yes, it’s frustrating.

 

The good news? There’s a quick and easy way to sidestep the question and still talk about your long-term career goals

 

This article will show you: 

 

  • What interviewers mean when they ask “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”
  • How to answer “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” to impress the recruiter.
  • How to prepare examples of career goals for different interview situations.
  • Examples of best answers for the “Where do I see myself in 5 years” question.

 

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Natalie Severt
Natalie is a writer at Zety. She loves writing about resumes and eating tacos more than life itself. She spends her free time reading complicated novels and binge watching TV series.
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