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Career Goals Interview Questions

15 Career Goals Interview Questions
Question 1 of 15
What career path interests you the most in this company?
How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know if you are interested in career progression within their company. Having completed some research on the interviewing company is essential. Be sure to envision where you can see yourself fitting, and growing, with the organization before your interview. Do some research on what a career path could look like with this particular company.

Answer Example
"I saw on LinkedIn that your last Technician gained promotion to overseeing and training new technicians. I am analytically minded but also have a keen ability to coach and train. This job title is an opportunity I would love down the road."
Admin Example
"I am interested in a variety of paths with your company. I could see myself working as a sales assistant in a sales representative role, as I further my knowledge of your product."
Manager Example
"As a skilled manager, I am interested in eventually running a team within quality control. I am very analytical and love to solve problems. I understand that I have to learn the products before I can measure their quality; however, its an interest of mine to note."
Marketing Example
"I have my sights set on becoming a content manager within your agency one day. I noticed on LinkedIn that your current content manager started in the exact position for which I am interviewing, just five short years ago. Management within an arm of marketing is an exciting thought for me."
Retail Example
"I understand that the next step from the retail assistant manager role is to become a full-fledged manager. From there, I am interested in being groomed for a regional management position. I like to travel and am great at coaching new-hires. I have no problem making hiring decisions either."
Sales Example
"What interests me most about your company is that there are so many options when it comes to career growth. Ideally, I would like to earn my way into a Territory Sales role, then a Regional Manager position. Eventually, a Director of Sales or Marketing position would be ideal. Of course, I understand that this will take many years of dedication and hard work."
Teacher Example
"I am interested in becoming a Learning Leader within this school. In addition to being a skilled teacher, I can also coach teachers newer to their career and help guide them on curriculum and other challenging aspects of the job."
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Question 2 of 15
How does this position fit into your career goals?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know that you see this position as a good fit. Is this role a lateral move that you are just complacent with taking until something better comes along? Assure the interviewer that this position will be challenging for you, is a step up in responsibilities, and that it fits with your overall career goals. A well-thought-out answer will show the interviewer you have considered the pros and cons of this position, in regards to the impact it will have on your career.

Answer Example
"My primary goal in my career as an HR professional is to eventually work my way from an Administrator level to HR Partner. I feel that what your organization offers is a strong path towards those goals and I am excited about what this position has to offer."
Admin Example
"My primary career goal is to find a position where I can stay long term. Because your company has such a strong reputation for workplace culture, it fits perfectly with my desires for a long-term fit."
Manager Example
"This role works into my plan to be a regional manager in the next few years. I look forward to climbing the ranks in your industry. I plan to take additional coursework on leadership to prepare myself for regular promotions."
Marketing Example
"This position aligns nicely with my career goal of becoming a team leader in within an agency environment. The role is in my comfort zone, but a new enough approach that will intrigue me, and your company size is adequate to support growth."
Retail Example
"I have been seeking a retail environment outside of typical big box stores. Your brand and brand story resonates with me, and I like the fact that you encourage continued education opportunities for your management team as well."
Sales Example
"My greatest goal is to become the top sales executive in a global sales environment. My current organization does business solely in the USA, so I am very excited about the global possibilities that your organization offers."
Teacher Example
"I am, and will always be, a teacher first. This role fits with my career goals because you also offer opportunities for me to participate in extra-curricular activities like being a soccer coach. I love physical activity and have a strong belief in encouraging kids to be active."
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Question 3 of 15
Why is this job right for you at this time in your career?
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How to Answer
Discuss with the interviewer why you are looking to make a change, and how this particular role fits well with the changes that you are seeking. Be sure to give a more in-depth answer than the typical 'I am looking for growth' answer that so many interviewers hear. Be thoughtful and draw upon the research you have done on the company.

Answer Example
"I have been passively seeking a new position for quite some time and haven't jumped on anything yet because I want to make sure it's the right fit. I feel that this job is right for me, at this point in my career, because it offers an opportunity for me to utilize my new education in GIS while giving me an opportunity to advance in my management skills."
Admin Example
"This job is right for me at this time in my career because I am prepared and ready to take on an executive assistant position in the c-suite. I feel that your company would appreciate the training and coursework I have diligently attended. I am ready for further diversity in my work responsibilities."
Manager Example
"I currently manage a small production team of 12 operators. Although I love the work, I am ready to stretch myself professionally into an organization with a bigger production floor, and teams of 25 or more. This year I dedicated myself to taking two leadership workshops which I feel greatly prepared me to take on the challenge of the work volume present in your company."
Marketing Example
"Your marketing director position is the position I have been striving for, for the past twelve years of my career. I have run smaller agencies with large clients, in the past. Now, I am ready for a large agency that handles multi-million dollar marketing accounts."
Retail Example
"I have been an assistant manager in my clothing department for three years. I am ready for advancement in a management role; however, my organization is unable to promote me without a transfer to another city. When I saw your position open for a management role, and so close to my home, I was excited. What excited me even more; however, is that you are a label and brand that I have closely followed for many years."
Sales Example
"This position offers me the exposure to the c-suite clients with which I have been looking to become involved. I currently sell to the decision makers, but generally, it's small business owners, or mom and pop shops. I am ready for the next important step in my career."
Teacher Example
"I have been working as a substitute teacher for a couple of years, applying solely for full-time permanent teaching positions in this district. I was thrilled when the principal of my current school told me about this opportunity. This role would offer the career stability I have been seeking since I graduated with my Education degree."
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Question 4 of 15
What are your career aspirations beyond this job?
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How to Answer
Everyone has some dream or aspirations of where their career could go. When you think about the future, what comes to mind? Openly share with the interviewer where you'd like to see your job take you. Be sure to include how you feel this particular company would fit in with those specific aspirations.

Answer Example
"I have some pretty lofty career aspirations, and after researching your organization and learning more about this position, I feel that this role fits with my future aspirations. I would love to see myself promoted based on my hard work and results, eventually managing my branch, then become a regional director."
Admin Example
"I would like to be trained as a technical writer so that, over time, I can benefit you further. Rather than being a standard administrative assistant, I could also help with writing RFP's and RFQ's."
Manager Example
"I plan to stay with your company long term. One aspiration that I do have is to return to school to complete my MBA. I would prefer to do this in tandem with full-time employment."
Marketing Example
"My biggest career goal is to begin handing multi-million dollar campaigns and accounts. I know that your organization has critical clients who are taken care of by only your top marketers. My goal, beyond this job, is to become part of that marketing team."
Retail Example
"I want to get into a company that I can stay with an grow long term. While change is good, I like the comforts of having something familiar or regular around me. I aspire to grow into a leadership position and teach newcomers the ins and outs of retail sales."
Sales Example
"My biggest career dream is to be the top salesperson in your organization and be granted the ability to travel worldwide. International travel is something I have always wanted to do, but could never afford. As a global sales director, I could fulfill that dream while making an impact on your organization."
Teacher Example
"I aspire to complete my Master's degree in Education and work my way into a Principal position within your district. I realize this will take many years, but I am dedicated to my craft and am committed to forging an excellent career path for myself, in this district."
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Question 5 of 15
If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
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How to Answer
A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

A safe answer to this question is to stay in your current career. Avoid saying things like, 'Well, I would have gone into a STEM related-career instead of sales.' You can mention how you would have sped up your career progression if you knew what you now know. An example of this would be, you would not have minored in accounting if you knew you were going to become a software engineer.

Answer Example
"I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to start over in a new direction completely I would likely pursue my Degree in Education and become a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers, and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I enjoy coaching and leading others so, any tasks in my current career that related to these skills, are very welcome."
Admin Example
"I am delighted with the direction my career has taken. If I could change anything I would perhaps have furthered my education to include a unique administrative focus; however, I have no regrets!"
Manager Example
"I waited a few years before completing my college degree. While my career has been rewarding, I still wish I had gone to college right after high school."
Marketing Example
"I am a creative person by nature. If I could change my career path, I would become a pastry chef! I love to bake and create unique desserts for my family and friends. It started off as a way to blow off steam, but now I spend most of my weekend trying new recipes. It's a great creative outlet."
Retail Example
"Although I do love retail sales, and the variety that each day brings, if I had to start my career all over again I would become a psychologist. I love to learn what makes people tick and helping people overcome problems is a strength of mine because I am level headed and pragmatic."
Sales Example
"I couldn't imagine doing anything but sales! Although still close to being sales, if I had to start a new career path, I would choose to be a trader on Wall Street. It is, and always will be, the thrill of the chase for me!"
Teacher Example
"In addition to my teaching career, I have a strong passion for sports. I was an elite athlete in high school and college until I suffered two torn ACL's. Had that not been, I would have pursued a career as a professional athlete and then a coach for professional soccer."
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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
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Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 08/10/2018

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