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Top 15 Career Goals Interview Questions

Question 1 of 15
What career path interests you the most in this company?
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Question 2 of 15
How does this position fit into your career goals?
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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
Which career development goals have you set for yourself this year?
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The interviewer would like to know that you are motivated to better yourself personally, and professionally. Career development can come in many forms:

- Conferences
- Trade Shows
- Seminars & workshops
- Reading
- Podcasts
- Online coursework
- Finding a mentor

Discuss with the interviewer how you plan to develop yourself professionally this year and be sure to tie it into how this goal will benefit their company, should they choose to hire you.

Answer Example
"This year I have set the goal to read one new book per month, all related to leadership, goal setting, maximizing efficiency and other business-related topics. I am just a few months in and can already see how this infusion of knowledge is boosting my work performance."
Admin Example
"The professional goal that I set for myself recently was to find a mentor to assist me in my career. Being newer to my professional career, I felt it was important to consult and meet with someone more seasoned than I. This move to have a mentor can only benefit me and, down the road, I hope to return the favor to someone else who needs a mentor."
Manager Example
"This year I have put requests in to attend a few seminars and workshops on effective leadership and coaching. I want to be able to help my team reach their goals while also feeling fulfilled and happy in their careers. Happy employees always perform better. I look forward to taking what I have learned so far, and applying the concepts to this management role with your company."
Marketing Example
"The career development goal that I have set for myself this year is to learn Python. I believe this programming language will be more widely used in the next few years and I want to know everything that I can about how to help my clients with better code."
Retail Example
"Setting career goals is fundamental. This year I set the goal to be promoted to Assistant Manager. I achieved this goal just two months into the year! Now, I have set my sights on a retail management position. This career goal is what drove my application to your company."
Sales Example
"This year I have set the goal to be promoted to a territory sales manager. Currently I perform many of the tasks; however, I do not have the territory management title. I have been applying to companies that I believe will allow me to grow in my career."
Teacher Example
"I have set the goal this year, as I do every year, to ensure that each student passes my classes and leaves with a complete understanding of the work. I want to set all of my students up for ultimate success. In return, I become a better educator. Win, win!"
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Question 4 of 15
Do you have a big career goal that, right now, seems unattainable?
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The interviewer would like to know more about your biggest goals when it comes to your career. Have you ever heard author Jim Collins' thoughts on the importance of building a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAD)? The concept is embraced by many organizations where they believe that every person and company should have an ambitious long-term goal that seems near impossible to reach. You can read more about it in Jim's book, 'Build to Last.'

Keep your answer career-related and as relative to this particular company as you can. You want to avoid saying that your BHAG is never to work again, or to work for their competition!

Answer Example
"I have a huge career goal that involves me completing my MBA while working full time. I know it will take a great deal of dedication and discipline and it has been done before. I feel that this level of education will greatly assist me in this career."
Admin Example
"I believe in the importance of setting meaningful career goals. When I dream of my ideal career pursuit, I am working towards becoming the executive assistant to the VP of this organization. I know it's a long way from a receptionist role, but I am willing to do what it takes to reach my goals!"
Manager Example
"I encourage my team to have huge goals that seem impossible, yet are exciting. I set these for myself as well! Currently, my biggest career goal is to create an employee training course to be used company-wide. I have a lot of great ideas that have helped to increase tenure and morale."
Marketing Example
"My biggest career goal is to have a client portfolio existing of only enterprise-level clients. I know that is a big ask, but I feel that with a lot of hard work, continued professional development, and focus, I will be able to get there. This goal is what led my application to your company. You have bigger opportunities here that I am ready to take on."
Retail Example
"If I could express any professional goal, it would be my dream to be a fashion designer. I feel the best step for me to take towards that goal is to work for a renowned fashion brand such as yours."
Sales Example
"My biggest professional goal has been to be the #1 salesperson in my current organization. We have a sales team of over 200 people and, at this point, I am in the top 10. I would need to sell an additional $1M in products this year to reach that goal."
Teacher Example
"I love being an educator and have been enjoying my career immensely over the past 12 years. My biggest dream would be to return to school to achieve my Masters' in Education, returning to be a Principal. I know I possess the leadership skills to succeed at that professional level."
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Question 5 of 15
What is your dream job?
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Question 6 of 15
Describe for me a time when you made the wrong career decision. How did you correct your misstep?
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Question 7 of 15
Tell me about a career related goal that you set and did not reach.
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Question 8 of 15
Where do you see your career one year from now?
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Question 9 of 15
By this time in your career, you should have advanced further. What has slowed down your career progression?
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Question 10 of 15
Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?
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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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Question 11 of 15
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
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Question 12 of 15
If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
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Question 13 of 15
What are your career aspirations beyond this job?
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Question 14 of 15
Why is this job right for you at this time in your career?
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Question 15 of 15
If hired, what can we do to help you achieve your career goals?
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