How to Answer
This question 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 know that, if engaged, 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 for which you are applying.
"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 role 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."
Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview
"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 the administration field for the last three years, and I know there is more to learn such as tricks in Excel, and technical writing."
Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview
"One year from now I would like to be well versed in your production operations, and be leading your production team. Perhaps having a few new hires, I would also like to see myself making an impact on your company's employee retention rate and safety records."
Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview
"I am currently completing my Copyblogger Certified Content Marketer course. One year from now, I would like to be applying this knowledge to my role with your organization."
Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview
"My twelve-month plan is to join your organization and earn my way into a floor manager position. I have a great deal of experience with team management, customer dispute, and inventory. I believe you will see me well-suited for a management role in a short amount of time."
Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview
"One year from now I would like to see myself climbing the ranks as your top sales representative in this region. It's important to me that I am a winner - I'm competitive!"
Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview
"One year from now I would like to be a solid part of your faculty and this community. It's important to me that I become involved in the community and the lives of my students which is why I would also seek a volunteer opportunity closely related to the school's goals."
Ryan's Answer for an Assistant Manager Interview
"If I am fortunate enough to be hired for this Assistant Manager role, my goal in the first year is to learn as much as possible about our clients as well as the technical components of the products offered at Company ABC. I plan to be learning and growing, caring for customers, and contributing to my team in a valuable way. I have been building my leadership skills for the last three years and am thrilled to be interviewing for this Assistant Manager opportunity."
Heather's Answer for a Medical Coder Interview
"I am thrilled to be interviewing here for your Medical Coder position. I believe with the talents and skill set will be a great addition to your team. 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."
Heather's Answer for a Cardiovascular Technologist Interview
"I am thrilled to be interviewing for your cardiovascular technologist opportunity. I believe with the talents and skill set I bring to your team, we will solve some very challenging health problems for your important patients. This opportunity is one 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."
Rachelle's Answer for a Customer Representative Interview
"I've always been a quick learner, so one month is good enough for me to learn the ropes. I believe in giving my all in whatever I do so I can assure that you that I'll be at my best at my third month."
Rachelle's Answer for a Bank Compliance Officer Interview
"In two to three years from now, I would like to have grown within the company and having established myself as an expert expert in my field. I hope to eventually move up the ladder and become a Team Lead within the department. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."
Rachelle's Answer for a Bailiff Interview
"I see myself working for the same employer, being established and having grown with the organization and contribute to the bottom line. I hope to keep learning and being given the opportunity to prove myself as a valuable team member."
Holly's Answer for an Industrial Engineer Interview
"I can map the as-is process and identify areas to improve. After that, I can reorganize the flowchart steps for the to-be process you want to implement. Microsoft Visio is an excellent and easy-to-use program for flowcharting, and I have some printouts of ones I’ve created using it at the university and on the job. I also know that the four most common flowchart types are swim lane flowchart, process flowchart, workflow diagram and data flow diagram."
Rachelle's Answer for an Art Director Interview
"I want to find a role where I can grow professionally and personally and take on challenges. From a long term perspective, I would like to (get into management, pursue further education, build a career here)"
Rachelle's Answer for a Medical Transcriptionist Interview
"I know I will be successful in this role because I have been working as a medical transcriptionist for (X) years, and have taken that time to build strong relationships with physicians and staff of several health organizations. Also, I take additional classes, when they are offered, on new programs to help facilitate better record keeping."
Krista's Answer for an Optometrist Interview
"In ten years, I see myself working with your organization as a senior Optometrist. I see myself managing the optometry office and overseeing the office staff and assistants to ensure that all patients are receiving the best possible care."
Rachelle's Answer for a Police Dispatcher Interview
"I have lived here for the past 13 years and have dispatched in this region for the past five years. My geographical knowledge is advanced. If you would like, I am happy to take any geographic tests you may need."
Christina's Answer for a Writer Interview
"I have been following your company on all social media platforms, analyzing from my end whom your primary audience is, who currently engages with your content on a consistent basis, and what their lifestyles appear to be. If I am the successful candidate, I will dig into your analytics right away to find the patterns that I need to lock down a writing style, and voice, that will best resonate."
Heather's Answer for an Addiction Therapist Interview