Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?
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"Yes, you will see that from March to May 2007 I held a role as Executive Business Development Manager with Company XYZ. This particular role was not what I was expecting and had little to do with management and more to do with cold calling onto C-suite level clients. This wasn't nurturing my plan to grow the management side of my career, so I resigned after just 2 months. Luckily I landed a wonderful job immediately after and grew with that company for the following 6 years."
"I have not taken a position simply to have a job. I am very careful who I work for and am happy that my discretion has worked well for me and my career path."
"Sure, when I was younger and just starting out on my own, paying the bills is very important. You can't sit around and go bankrupt waiting for your dream job. That said, I have never taken a job where I did not tell the hiring manager up front that it was temporary, and I tried to take jobs that have higher expected turnover."
Most people have taken on a position that was not a fit for them in the end. It's best top openly discuss any positions that you have held that were not a fit. This will assist the interviewer in being able to properly place you within their organization. Be sure to end your answer on a positive note, discussing how you bounced back from the misstep.
"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $78K plus an annual bonus opportunity of an additional 10%. Last year my earnings were $85K and I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."
"I would like to earn equivalent, or slightly above where I am now. Currently I earn XX/hour plus benefits and commission. My target income is XX."
"As I am new to my career and this industry, I am happy to negotiate my earnings based on your typical salary for this role."
"I am negotiable with my salary expectations, however, I am not inclined to lose compensation. Compensation to me, though, is not just net pay. I take into account work hours, drive time, benefits, etc."
The best thing that you can do when asked about your salary expectations are to be open and honest about what you are currently earning, and where you want to be in the future.
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
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"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."
"I am very happy with the progress of my career. I am proud of my accomplishments and the path my career has taken so far."
"Overall, I am satisfied with my career progression. Everyone, including me, hits roadblocks or setbacks, but I have been able to push through them and stay on track."
Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.