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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."