This is a short variation of the typical interview question, 'Where do you see yourself in five years?' Instead, the interviewer may ask more directly, 'Where do you see yourself in the next year?'.
Interviewing, hiring, and onboarding is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor for any company. The interviewer wants to be assured that, if hired, you will see this as a longer-term fit. Discuss your career plans, goals, and how those fit with what this company is offering. Describe your passion for this opportunity, and what you like about the company you are applying for.
"I am thrilled to be interviewing here for your robotics engineer opportunity. I believe with the talents and skill set I bring to your team, we will solve some very challenging problems. This is an opportunity I have been seeking for some time now so I plan to stay for the long term should I be lucky enough to be hired."
"A year from now, I would like to be excelling in my career and have only gotten better at doing it. I hope to have built a solid team who is exceeding results and ready for the next steps in their career."
"A year from now I would like to be learning and growing in a friendly organization that cares about its customers and its staff. I have been progressing in this field for the last 3 years, and I know there is more to learn."
Sales answer example
"One year from now, I anticipate leading the Midwest Sales Pod and have my sights set on a Director position in the near future following that promotion."
Retail answer example
"In one year, I plan to be excelling in managing this department and continuing to grow as a leader and employee. I will then look forward to planning out the next step on my 2-3 year plan, which is floor manager."
Teacher answer example
"In one year's time, I would love to be doing what I'm doing now: teaching elementary Spanish, but in your district, of course. In addition, I hope to be involved in coaching or some sort of extracurricular, including helping in the World Language Club, or immersion program that I know is in the works. Additionally, in a year, I will be halfway through my master's program, so I look forward to using my classroom as a way of gathering data to grow in that program, and bring those learnings into my day-to-day, sharing with my colleagues. A year from now, I will be one year closer to tenure in D205, which has always been my dream, too."