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Where do you see yourself in five years?

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    Where do you see yourself in five years?

      Interviewing and on-boarding is a costly and time-consuming process for any company and the hiring manager. Assure the interviewer that you are seeking a long-term fit with your next employer.

      Take a look at the career growth options with the company. If any of these stand out to you, it's a great idea to mention them to the interviewer explicitly. Your expressed interest in those particular internal opportunities will solidify the fact that you are, indeed, seeking a long-term fit with them.

      Conduct some LinkedIn research on the company and its team members. Gain a better understanding of the typical career trajectory of the people who held this role before you. For instance, your LinkedIn research may show that the previous General Manager was promoted to Regional Manager after five years, and then promoted to Area Director after three years. This research would give you a strong sense of what is reasonable when it comes to career growth in the organization. If you have stable tenure with jobs in the past (the length of time you've been there), be sure to highlight this positive factor.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am looking for a long-term career opportunity. As you can see, I have had solid and consistent career growth. I would love to see the same pattern of success and tenure with your company. I understand that, as an international organization, you have global leadership opportunities that arise from time to time. If I could work my way into a leadership role here, or in another country, I would be thrilled."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Admin interview

      "Five years from now, I would like to be an Executive Assistant supporting one of your corporate executives. I have built a great deal of experience as an Administrator and feel that the next step to EA is reasonable in that time frame. To meet this goal, I plan to learn more about employee recognition software and begin to build more tech prowess with systems such as Hootsuite and Salesforce."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Manager interview

      "The next natural step in my career is to be granted the role of General Manager with your production team. In five years, I would then like to grow into a Regional Management position. I researched career path opportunities in your organization and see that you spend a great deal of time preparing your employees for promotions, which I was happy to see. I believe that to make a jump in five years from General Manager to Regional Manager; I should focus on strengthening my exposure to inter-departmental communication and remote employee management."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Marketing interview

      "In five years, I would like to be leading the digital marketing team and working towards a directorship position. I have seen examples of this career progression in your organization and want this same career trajectory for myself. To achieve this goal, I will dedicate myself to continued learning and will become a mentor to others while also seeking an internal leader to act as my professional mentor."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Retail interview

      "I am interested in running a franchise location of my own. I have researched the requirements your organization has set for franchise owners and have already started saving money to purchase a location. I believe in the brand story and plan to be fully invested now, and in the years to come."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Sales interview

      "In five years, I would like to be seen as a sales leader in the SaaS industry. I plan to be well-connected and trusted when it comes to the work and results that I bring to your organization. To achieve this goal, I plan to take on every continued education opportunity presented to me, with full enthusiasm. I plan to learn everything that I ca from my leaders and have already begun to seek a mentor."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Teacher interview

      "I value stability and longevity. In five years, I plan to be at your school, perhaps as the learning leader of the math or science department. To reach this goal, I will seek out opportunities to mentor others. I will volunteer to be a coach of a sports team within your school so that I can make stronger connections with the student body. Also, I will continue to grow professionally through continued education opportunities. Down the road, I plan to get my master's degree in leadership, another valuable asset to the school that I will call home."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Pastry Chef interview

      "I want to start my own business in a few years after I get more experience in the industry."

      Brian's Answer
       for a Controller interview

      "If I am fortunate enough to be hired for this role, my goal in the near term is to get up to speed on my responsibilities and learn as much as possible about the organization. From there, as long as I feel empowered to drive growth for the company and continue learning and growing professionally, I think I would be very fulfilled."

      Elisabeth's Answer
       for a Wildland Firefighter interview

      "I'm interested in working in wildland fire management. Even though I love working in the field, I am also fascinated by ecosystem restoration and educating others on community preparedness. In five years I see myself as a restoration expert and educator."

      Marcie's Answer

      "I'm early on in my career, but by this point, I am certain that sales is the right path for me. I am resilient and outgoing by nature, and I love to talk on the phone. I don't give up easily or take things personally. I also like to lead others and gained some experience doing that in college. So I'm happy cutting my teeth at the junior level right now, but in five years I would hope to have moved up in the sales ranks and have begun mentoring those below me. Eventually, I'd like to be promoted to a sales manager role."

      Heather's Answer
       for a Pharmacy Technician interview

      "In all honesty, my job search is solely due to me looking for a long-term, stable employer that I can eventually retire from. I love my career as a Pharmacy Technician and I really like everything that I have heard about your organization. Five years from now, I hope to be working here as a tech."

      Marcie's Answer
       for a Growth Marketing interview

      "Now that I've been in this industry for several years, I know that it's where I'm meant to be. I love being able to use both my analytical and creatives sides on a daily basis. So to answer your question, I see myself progressing toward the role of a senior growth marketer. I plan to continue gaining hands-on experience at work while also taking online courses to bolster and gain more knowledge."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Yoga Instructor interview

      "I'm interested in taking more trainings so that I can offer a wider variety of classes. I'm really interested in restorative yoga and how it helps with injuries and auto-immune disorders. I am fascinated by the human body, and also plan to take a functional anatomy class. I love learning and intend to take as many workshops and courses as I can!"

      Ryan's Answer
       for a Staff Auditor interview

      "If I am fortunate enough to be hired for this role, my goal in the near term is to learn as much as possible about our clients as well as the technical components of the auditing profession. I would like to study for and pass the CPA exam in the next two years so I can contribute even more to the firm. I would also like to be viewed as a leader in the firm by my colleagues. As long as I am growing professionally and acquiring new knowledge and skills, I believe I would be very happy."

      Nisha's Answer
       for a Surveyor interview

      "Five years down the line I want to see myself working in the same profession but at a senior level. I believe that this position will help me in learning and developing the desired skills and knowledge that will be required by me to get to that level."

      Brian's Answer
       for a Entry Level Accountant interview

      "I am very excited about the staff accountant role because I think it will be a great opportunity to learn about the accounting profession from the ground floor. Over the next few years, I look forward to expanding my accounting skills and learning more about the company. As long as I can continue to grow I believe that I will be fulfilled."

      Nisha's Answer
       for a Union Representative interview

      "I want to learn and grow as a union representative. In five years I want to be at a place where all the employees and employers are able to trust me and come to me with any issues they want to be resolved. Earning trust is a slow and time taking process and I want to invest all the time thats needed for getting to that level."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Wildlife Officer 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."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Kitchen Manager interview

      "I would love to continue working as a dental hygienist. Even though I just finished school, I know there is so much to learn. I plan to continue my education and look for opportunities to learn more about ways I can help my clients."

      Brian's Answer
       for a Finance Manager interview

      "If I am fortunate enough to be hired for this role, my goal in the near term is to get up to speed on my responsibilities and learn as much as possible about the organization and my team. For my first year, I want to be a sponge and soak in as much as I can. From there, as long as I feel empowered to drive growth for the company and continue learning and growing professionally, I think I would be very fulfilled."

      Marcie's Answer
       for a Fintech Security Analyst interview

      "By nature, I'm analytical and detail-oriented. I'm also highly fascinated by cybersecurity, and, along with technology, it's been a passion of mine since high school. I know being in this field is what I'm cut out to do, and now that I have several years of experience, I'm confident that I'll excel in this position. As I move forward, I plan to continue learning and taking online courses to strengthen and increase my knowledge and expertise. Within five years, I'm hopeful that I'll be promoted to a more senior position, perhaps in management because I enjoy leading others."

      Brian's Answer
       for a Internal Auditor interview

      "If I am fortunate enough to be hired for this role, my goal in the near term is to learn as much as possible about our organization. An internal auditor has a unique opportunity to learn about the policies and procedures of many departments, and that is insight that I will not take for granted. I would also like to be viewed as a leader in the organization by my colleagues. As long as I am growing professionally and acquiring new knowledge and skills, I believe I would be very happy."

      Darby's Answer
       for a Travel Nurse interview

      "In five years I'd like to have an even better understanding of the travel nurse industry. I really love working with people and helping them realize their dreams. Ultimately, I'd like to be in some type of recruitment and management role in travel nursing, where I can use my people skills and nursing knowledge to benefit the nurses working with me in this industry."

      Krista's Answer
       for a EMT interview

      "In five years, I see myself working as a Paramedic Supervisor for this company. I plan on going to paramedic school next year and want to work for about three years to gain the skills and knowledge to apply for a supervisory position. From other paramedics I have talked with, they said it took a good two the three years before they felt confident in their skills."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Welfare Eligibility Worker interview

      "I am working towards getting my license as a social worker. Getting this hands on experience will help me to determine which direction I want to go with it, and in the meantime I will learn and help people. I'm leaning towards working for a non-profit where I can assist with low-income families."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Urban and Regional Planners interview

      "One of the really big things that attracts me to your company is the fast growth that you've displayed over the past few years. I would be thrilled to join a company such as yours and grow into a management position over time."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Voice Over Artist interview

      "In five years from now, I hope to be one of the most skills voice over artists you have on the team. I hope to be the go-to person you send to high profile clients."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Voice Writing Reporter interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself as one of the lead voice writing reporters you have on staff. I am already very skilled at what I do, but I hope to improve on my skills so much so over the past few years that I will rise to be a critical part of the team."

      Christine's Answer
       for a Training Specialist interview

      "I am excited about the opportunity to develop my career in training management. It is my long-term goal to become a Director of Training for a company that values education within its organization."

      Marcie's Answer
       for a Fintech interview

      "I've worked in the human resources field within fintech for my entire career so far, and this is where I believe I'm meant to be. Fast forward five years, and I still plan to be working in fintech HR. I do see myself gaining more and more higher-level responsibility, however, as I learn and grow. In particular, I want to become more of an expert in the area of recruiting as I like this part of my job a lot, but I know that I have so much more to learn here especially when it comes to locating qualified candidates, building relationships with them, and educating them about the company and role. I also look forward to managing more people as I become more experienced. I'm looking for a long-term job where I can continue to gain experience and more responsibility as I become even more knowledgeable and proficient in fintech HR."

      Holly's Answer
       for a Industrial Engineer interview

      "I know your company loves to promote from within, so I truly believe if I am with your company in five years, I will have been promoted to a senior level engineering position."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Bank Compliance Officer interview

      "In ten years from now, I would like to have grown within the same company I started off with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as an expert in my field. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Treasury Assistant interview

      "In 2 to 3 years from now, I would like to have grown within the company and having established myself as a treasury expert. I hope to eventually move up the ladder and become a Treasury Manager or Team Lead within the department. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Electrician interview

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a team lead role within your business. My career interests align very nicely with your business goals of growth which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Reading Teacher interview

      "Ten years from now I would love to be in a leadership program within the school. I feel that in order to do that, I would need to further my education by enrolling in a Masters' program in the evenings and weekends. This isn't in my immediate future but I am interested in that type of growth."

      Christina's Answer
       for a News Producer interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself as a producer, perhaps still at this station, or perhaps in a larger market, where I manage a whole team of producers. I will share all of the knowledge I have about this job with them and help them be better producers like my mentors here will have helped me."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Laboratory Assistant interview

      "Ideally, 5 years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within the lab. My career interests align very nicely with your facility's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Fashion Designer interview

      "In five years from now, I would like to have grown within the company and having established myself as an expert in my field. I hope to eventually move up the ladder and become a Manager or Team Lead within the department. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."

      Heather's Answer
       for a Autopsy Assistant interview

      "I look forward to learning new skills and experiences from the attending physician. I'm eager to further my career by studying alongside my coworkers and becoming an all round expert and progress to a management position."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Law Enforcement interview

      "Ideally, 5 years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long term fit here."

      Josh's Answer
       for a Structural Engineer interview

      "I definitely envision myself sticking with structural engineering for the rest of my career. In ten years, I see myself working in a senior project manager role with an eye on transitioning into the executive management of a firm. I would like to learn more about the business aspect of running an engineering company."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Sales Associate interview

      "On Company ABC's website, I read that the organization is estimating an overall growth of 600% over the next 4 years. If given the opportunity, over time, I would be happy to take on additional responsibilities and move into a store manager position. I would also be excited to participate in company-approved courses and workshops in order to further develop my skills to complement the company's growth-based goals."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Wildlife Biologist interview

      "In five 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 wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."

      Heather's Answer
       for a Dental Assistant interview

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Elementary Teacher interview

      "It really depends on how these next five years will turn out. My first priority is the students. I have to push hard and see where I'm most effective. If it means that I'll be teaching second grade instead of fifth, then that's where I'll go. After I've proven that I'm an effective teacher, I might decide to see what my options are: maybe there'd be an opening for assistant principal and I might look into that."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Detective interview

      "As a Police Officer, my goal has always been to become a Detective in a Homicide Unit. In 5 years I would definitely like to see myself there and leading a team myself. I am absolutely willing to complete any additional training and coursework required to get me there."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Territory Sales Manager interview

      "In 2 to 3 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."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Weather Producer interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself working as a great weather producer at this station. I know that I want to stay around this area for many years and I hope I can continue to become the most trustworthy forecaster in the region."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Newspaper Delivery Driver interview

      "In five years from now, I hope to be going back to school to become a nurse, but in the meantime this job will help me be able to do that financially and also make me a dedicated worker here."

      Angela's Answer
       for a Executive Assistant interview

      "My current team collaborates with our data team closely. The data team has an exceptionally high workload, and they have a continual backlog. Knowing that it would be a while before they could get to our teams' requests, I found a course online that taught the basics of building a data set. I then launched it to our team to upskill everyone. This upskilling allowed us to do the lower-level tasks before passing them to the data team, and our data requests took half the time."

      Ryan's Answer
       for a University Administrator interview

      "I understand from the job role information that there is a specialist position of X or Administration Manager. I would like to progress through the varied job roles which I believe exist to build up that foundation and depth of knowledge in order to best place me to achieve this. During this time, I see myself being mentored by the current post holder as I would communicate these aspirations through meetings with yourself (assuming current Manager interviewing) in order to help facilitate this."

      Heather's Answer
       for a Bacteriologist interview

      "I see myself contributing, learning and earning a leadership position within a company that promotes a positive and encouraging work environment."

      Heather's Answer
       for a Medical Receptionist interview

      "With my three years of medical receptionist experience and education I'm hoping to become an office manager within the next 5 years. I love working in the medical field so it would be ideal if I could move within this facility."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Newspaper Columnist interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself being a front page columnist in the Sunday Times. I believe by then I can be someone the whole public will know well and trust for information on the local community."

      Ryan's Answer
       for a Sales Engineers interview

      "In 5 years I would like to see myself with your company in a sales management type of role. I am interested in building your team nationally. As you can see in my resume, I have strong tenure and have been with my current company for 8 years. I plan to stay long term, if given the opportunity."

      Ryan's Answer
       for a Medical Assistant interview

      "One of the most difficult things for me is when I am caring for someone who has no family or friends to visit or offer emotional support. Seeing patients who are sick and struggling is hard, but when they don't have anyone to visit or offer care and support to them, it often makes the situation so much harder. This is one reason that many patients seem to lose hope and stop fighting to become better. When I have a situation like this, I always try to prioritize my time and duties so that I can spend any extra time with those patients. Being able to offer support and show compassion to someone is a great feeling, and patients do appreciate the effort."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Anesthesiologist interview

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within this facility. My career interests align very nicely with your hospital's growth goals. I see a great long-term fit here."

      Cassandra's Answer
       for a Recreation Workers interview

      "In five years, I see myself continuing my education and growing within a company. I'd love for it to be this company, the core values have really attracted me to your company."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Entertainment Anchor interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself being the lead entertainment anchor at this station. I will be the most trustworthy source in the area that people throughout the country would even come to me for entertainment information."

      Cassandra's Answer
       for a Youth Program Director interview

      "I don't see myself in a certain position per say in ten years. I see myself continuing to make a difference in the lives of children. I have looked into a few different training opportunities that would be beneficial to help myself grow."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Corporate Copywriter interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself being the leading copywriter for your company. I also believe I will greatly grow your outreach program into the community. I believe with my copywriting work, I will help grow your company and reach other customers you would not have reached otherwise."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In five years from now, I would like to have grown within the company and having established myself as an expert. I hope to eventually move up the ladder and become a Manager or Team Lead within the department. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."

      Heather's Answer
       for a Dietitian and Nutritionist interview

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. I would like to gain experience giving presentations and leading nutrition challenges. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."

      Darby's Answer
       for a Family Physician interview

      "I am comfortable with speaking to large groups. I am a people person and enjoy getting to know others. I have participated in a some seminars and have been a guest speaker at my former medical school."

      Clara's Answer
       for a Call Center interview

      "I think about this question often, and I feel that the answer is regularly evolving as my aspirations continue to grow. I am most interested in finding stability in my workplace while having an opportunity to grow and develop in new roles with new responsibilities. A year from now, I hope to be here in this position having developed my skills and learned new ones from leadership and colleagues. Five years from now, I hope to have worked my way up to a managerial position within the company, using the experience and professional development earned along the way to get me there."

      Darby's Answer
       for a Veterinarian interview

      "I am not married and have no children at this time. So, I am pretty flexible with my schedule. If I had a choice, I would prefer the late shift, as I am a bit of a night owl. However, I am excited about the opportunity to become a part of this team and am willing to work where I'm needed."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Grounds Maintenance Worker interview

      "I am happy to grow with your organization in a natural way. I am really happy in my career and love working in the outdoors. It's all I really need and I am ready to offer longevity to your company."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Painter interview

      "I really enjoy the trades and I hope to be even more skilled in painting than I am now. In 5 years I would like the idea of leading a team, training new painters or even being the owner of a successful painting business."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Concierge interview

      "In 5 years I would like to see myself in a leadership based role. I would like to expand my industry related education a little bit as well. I currently have my Diploma in Hotel Management which I would like to elevate to a full-fledged degree."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Photojournalist interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself being the national photojournalist for your station. I hope to improve my photography skills and writing so much that I am a valuable asset here, and I hope to prove that I am a great person to send on faraway stories."

      Ryan's Answer
       for a Library Assistant interview

      "I hope to become a full-time Librarian and work for this library. I grew up here in Avon Lake, and have always visited this library as a child and into my teenage years. I knew growing up, I would love to work here as an adult. This was my intention and desire as I went away to college. I believe if I can get a job as an assistant, I will earn a spot as a Librarian in five years."

      Christina's Answer
       for a News Director interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself working as a news director at this station, making huge improvements and making our station rise to the number one spot in the city. I hope this news director position will be a long-term career position for me, and I hope that in the future I will be known as a successful news director with the utmost respect in the community."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Audio Engineer interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself growing and furthering my audio abilities so much so that I become the chief audio engineer at the station. I want to become the most trusted audio runner at the station."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Public Information Officer interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself being known by every local television station and company as a very trustworthy source. I want to develop my contacts so well that I am always available whenever someone needs me, which ultimately makes your company look reachable and agreeable."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Millwright interview

      "My primary goal over the next 5 years is to earn my way into a supervisory type of role. When I applied to your job posting, it was because I saw a long term fit with the growth opportunities that your company was offering. In 5 years I would like to still be a part of your growing organization."

      Ryan's Answer
       for a School Counselor interview

      "I see myself still in the counselling field, but I hope that by that time, I would have had more exposure in counselling various types of people - young children, older ones, those with special needs, etc. On a personal note, I hope that I am half way through finishing my PhD by then, if not finished."

      Ryan's Answer
       for a Human Resources interview

      "As a human resources professional, I understand that some relationships come quickly and others take time to nurture. When starting a new job, I am my true self and let my personality, integrity, and reliability speak for itself. I also understand that people like to talk about themselves. I can create new relationships with others by asking them about themselves. Hopefully, we find common ground and make a lasting connection."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Project Accountant interview

      "In 5 years, I hope to have grown within the same company and moved to a position involving more managerial duties, e.g., such as working as a Team Leader, which will enable me to have a greater impact on the success of the company. I wish to commit to one employer and have a long-term career as opposed to a job."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Residential Advisors interview

      "I have one year left to complete my Bachelor's Degree and then I plan to move into my Master's Degree. Once that is complete, I would love to target a communications or journalism job in New York. That has always been my dream."

      Clara's Answer

      "In 5 years, I hope to have a greater understanding of the company and the opportunities in which I might be able to grow and support. I aspire to gain the knowledge and experience to earn more responsibility within this department and manage more projects. Above all, I look forward to an opportunity to explore more of what potential trajectories this position might take me."

      Christine's Answer
       for a Line Cook interview

      "I absolutely love cooking and it is my long-term career aspiration to become a top chef in a fine dining establishment. It will take hard work and I am willing to take the necessary steps to get there. To help accelerate my long-term goals, I welcome the opportunity to learn from the leaders around me and work with a mentor to achieve my career goals. Who knows?! One day, I could own my own restaurant!"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Sous Chef interview

      "In 5 years, I plan to be working my way into an executive chef role with your restaurant group. I am happy to work my way through the ranks during that time, and earn each and every promotion."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Assistant Principal interview

      "In five years from now, I would like to have grown within the school as well as have created strong relationships with the faculty here. I hope to move up the ladder and become a principal eventually. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the school's success."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Political Reporter interview

      "In five years from now, I hope to be the lead 6pm political reporter at your station. I am a strong political reporter but after a few years of learning my way around your state house, I will be on top of all the latest news people care about."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Claims Adjuster interview

      "I see a lot of opportunities for career growth and advancement with your organization. For that reason, I would like to spend the next five years working into a role with a more prominent management component."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Interior Designer interview

      "I like to ask questions such as, 'Tell me about your ideal space.' I bring an open-ended approach and reserve closed-ended questions when I require a targeted response for topics such as the budget and timeline. When asking discovery questions, I get to know my client and their habits in the space that we are re-designing. For instance, if we are in their home, I will say, 'Walk me through your living pattern, from morning to evening.' Or, I will say, 'Can you show me your morning routine?' I want to see how they move about their house so that when their new design is in place, everything flows and remains convenient. I will say, 'Tell me how you want to feel in this space,' which is a terrific way to gain an idea of the feelings that I should elicit in my design. Open-ended dialogue is critical so that I know the client will get what they want out of the design project in both the look and overall vibe."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Security Guard interview

      "I have worked in security for ten years, primarily on assignments for retail stores and shopping malls. I have extensive training in crowd management, theft prevention, and surveillance. With that said, I have some experiences with events management, as well. Do my industry experiences align well with what you are seeking?"

      Heather's Answer
       for a Dental Laboratory Technician interview

      "In 5 years I'd like to be in a supervisory position within your lab. With a total of 3 years experience, combined with my education, I feel confident to be serving in a leadership role within that timeframe."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Preschool Director interview

      "When I first joined my current school, there were inadequate policies related to classroom safety. The lack of policy surprised me since a preschool should put the safety of the children as a top priority. First, I created a planogram for each classroom. I asked each teacher to organize the classroom space to allow for safer movement. The classroom layout that I provided allowed all students to walk around safety, and it also allowed the teachers to be more engaged in their lessons as they could walk around the desks and learning stations. The new plan also allowed for easier classroom control, which the teachers appreciated. Next, I developed a clearer plan for students who were marked absent or late. I wanted to ensure that if there was a concern with a student that the faculty and staff were aware much sooner in the day than previously recorded. Rest assured, when it comes to creating new internal policies, enforcing state-mandated policies, and communicating policy changes to my team, I am very diligent and detailed."

      Darby's Answer
       for a Urologists interview

      "I have often been complimented on my relationship building skills. I like to get to know people and ask them questions about themselves; I find it's a great and simple way to start building rapport with others. I consider myself to be a strong relationship builder and take pride in my 'people skills'"

      Christina's Answer
       for a Ghostwriter interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself being the lead ghostwriter for your organization. I am a great writer and I enjoy writing about your organization and representing you, and over time I will know more and more about you until you no longer need to edit my works."

      Heather's Answer
       for a Ultrasound Technician interview

      "Having worked as a general sonographer in a large hospital for five years, I've been working towards an ARDMS certification in RDCS. Echo has always been intriguing to me and my current employer has allowed me to train in this area. I love the fact that this position will be working in echo."

      Ryan's Answer
       for a Veterinarian School interview

      "Considering my studies and the process I will be undertaking to proceed in this career, I have long-term aspirations to remain in the veterinary industry. I see myself perhaps focusing on a specialist area, such as equine, but my success in the role is very important to me and I see myself having a long, happy veterinary career"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Financial Analyst interview

      "Ideally, 5 years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's growth plan, which helps me to see a great long term fit here."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Field Producer interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself becoming the lead producer at the station. Although I hope to do a great job as a field producer here, I believe it will give me great experience from the field as a producer. I can take that knowledge of what field producers and reporters go through and implement it in studio."

      Heather's Answer

      "I am not married and have no children at this time. So, I am pretty flexible with my schedule. If I had a choice, I would prefer the late shift, as I am a bit of a night owl. However, I am excited about the opportunity to become a part of this team and am willing to work where I'm needed."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Meteorologist interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself as a successful meteorologist who has an extremely strong grasp of weather. I see myself being a valuable part of a weather team, and perhaps the chief meteorologist. I see myself being the most respected weather source in the city, no matter where I am living at the time, and I hope to gain this station valuable viewers."

      Elisabeth's Answer
       for a Court Clerk interview

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within the court system. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."

      Christina's Answer
       for a News Researcher interview

      "In the next five years, I look forward to learning how to be the best possible news researcher so I can someday be trusted to become a news producer. While I love being a news researcher, I hope to receive training in writing stories along with finding them so I can move up in careers."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Restaurant Manager interview

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization, perhaps as a trainer for all new serving staff. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."

      Neha's Answer
       for a Behavioral Health Technician interview

      "I want to find a role where I can grow professionally and personally and take on challenges. In 10 years I'd like to be in a management role, pursue further education and build a career here."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Screenwriter interview

      "In five years from now, I hope to rise up within this production company and be one of your top screenwriters. I hope to produce innovative scripts and I hope we can make them famous throughout the country because of our creativity."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Investigator interview

      "Before applying to your organization, I performed a great amount of research on this community's crime factors including drug trafficking, fraud, hate crimes, human trafficking, property theft, and violence. I found that theft has gone down in your area over the past five years; however, violence has increased. I am ready to help meet the needs of this community and drive all of these factors down, further supporting the safety of this great community."

      Heather's Answer
       for a Patient Services Coordinator interview

      "In 5 years I see myself working for company that supports and empowers their employees."

      D.'s Answer
       for a Podiatrist interview

      "In 10 years I see myself at the peak of my career, hopefully not only teaching others, but also still learning from others."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Veterinary Technician interview

      "I really enjoy helping sick and injured animals in emergency situations. Right now I am refining the skills that would help me work in critical care."

      Allison's Answer
       for a Engineer interview

      "Since this is my first engineering job, I'm excited to learn about all aspects of working for a railroad. I really enjoy technical design and I know my education and AutoCAD skills will be critical to designing new rail alignments, putting together plans and specifications, figuring out all the drainage, etc. However, I also know that I enjoy talking to people, writing, and looking at the big picture, so I could definitely see myself moving into management or even business development in ten or fifteen years. "

      Christina's Answer
       for a Multimedia Journalist interview

      "In five years, I see myself working as a reporter with a photographer. While I love shooting video for myself and working on stories alone, I hope to become so advanced in my interviewing and communication skills that I can focus more on forming relationships with the public in that way and let a full-time photographer help me tell my story."

      Heather's Answer
       for a ABA Therapist interview

      "In five years I'd like to have received my Autism Certificate and utilize it as an ABA therapist supporting one of our local school programs."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Athletic Director interview

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role as your athletic department grows and sees more wins. My career interests align very nicely with your school's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Mortgage Loan Processor interview

      "In five years, I will have developed the leadership skills and experience to take on a more strategic role and have a greater impact on the company. I plan to take professional development courses, which I know your company offers, and prepare myself for new opportunities when they arise."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Production Assistant interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself being the executive producer for some small scale productions, as well as continuing to be a production assistant. I feel that in the next five years I will have so much experience as an assistant that I will feel comfortable taking control of the whole production myself, and will have gained respect in the community."

      Christina's Answer
       for a Assignment Desk Editor interview

      "In five years from now, I see myself being a morning-side assignment desk editor. While in my first few years I hope to gain experience finding stories and relaying breaking news at every time of day, I hope to eventually know enough to run the desk completely myself in the early morning hours and find the important stories of the day that everyone needs to know when they wake up."

      Heather's Answer
       for a Addiction Counselor interview

      "I have worked with clients who have gambling addictions. With the right treatment, gambling addiction is manageable. Unlike someone with a food addiction, the object of your addiction is not necessary for survival. One of the most important steps is learning how to develop a healthy and balanced relationship with money. It is important for someone with a gambling addiction to completely stop gambling since even occasionally gambling can lead to a relapse. A program of recovery can help develop impulse control. In general, gambling addiction is treated with similar methods as other addictions. There are support groups such as Gambling Anonymous, 12 step programs, and psychotherapy, all of which are helpful if the participant truly desires change."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Benefits Manager interview

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization, such as a director level position. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."

      Anonymous Answer

      "Although it is hard to see what job title I would acquire in 5 years, I would see myself moving up the ladder to managing a team of creatives based on my performance level. I am eager to help the company in any way I can."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Brilliant response!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am looking for a long-term fit in my next position. As you can see, I had steady progress and career growth in my previous company. I would love to see the same success with your company. I noticed on your website you have global leadership opportunities. If I could work my way into a role like that, I would be thrilled!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      Perfect! Mentioning a specific role further up the ladder, is an excellent way to respond to this question.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Five years from now, I hope to see myself leading a team that's designing a brand new type of joint replacement. I dream of working at the forefront of my field."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a nice and specific response. If the company offers a titled role where this could happen, be sure to mention that specific title and one or two responsibilities associated with that role. Then, you can jump into the action that you will take, to achieve this goal.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My next five years will be spent mastering every detail of the role of this position and the company. I also want to adsorb myself within the culture of the company with hopes to grow along with my fellow team members and other employees. Once I have shown a consistent ability to execute the job, I hope that I take the next step toward becoming a long-term member of this company."

      Rachelle's Answer

      I have re-worded this slightly so that the answer has more impact. It's great that you mention growth while also mastering the initial role.

      "Over the next five years, I would like to be working for {company}, absorbing myself in the culture, and mastering every detail of this position. Once I have shown my ability to deliver exceptional work, my hope is to gain promotion to {next job title or opportunity}."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "In five years I see myself still working for this company. At that time I would have come of age and maturity in my understanding of the company's culture, goals, and products. This understanding would allow me to help lead the company to higher heights."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This response sounds a bit scattered. Try walking the interviewer through the path that you would ideally like to take with their company. This could include mentioning a role a few steps above where you are today.

      "In five years I see myself advancing into a role similar to the district manager position you currently have posted. To achieve this with your company, I would seek out additional coursework and training opportunities. I would dedicate myself to your culture, goals, and products."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am looking to grow with Stryker long term in this role as the company grows and expands. If there is an opportunity for a regional or national role, I would be interested in growing in that capacity."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is specific and measurable.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Well, I see myself here at Dollar Tree in five years running my own District and teaching my store manager to hire people to replace them so they can move up. And so can I. I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t want to retire from Dollar Tree. I also shop at Dollar Tree almost every day. It’s a solid growing company"

      Lauren's Answer

      Fantastic response. Interviewers are always looking for candidates who envision a long-term tenure with their company. I made some minor edits below.

      "I see myself working for Dollar Tree in five years. I have aspirations to move up in the company and eventually manage my own store. I want to create leadership opportunities within the staff I manage for all of us to learn more and grow within the company. I view Dollar Tree as a growing, thriving business (one that I shop at almost daily)."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Your organization cares about the growth of your employees, and I do want to grow in my career. I would like to finish an advanced degree in my field during that time. I am looking for a long-term fit with my career. I would like to work closely with the hospital liaisons advancing into a leadership role to improve outcomes for our clients."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your answer is very helpful for the interviewer, and they will easily be able to picture you in growth mode within their network. Nice job!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "In 5 years I see myself possibly in at another level of engineering but still be working towards improving my professional skill along with my project management skills."

      Rachelle's Answer

      If you can, try to be more specific. Take a look at what job titles are available to you in this company, and mention one that caught your eye; along with how you will go about gaining the credentials needed to be awarded that position.

      "In 5 years, I see myself applying to a bigger engineering role with ABC Company, such as (job title). I plan to work on (skill A), (skill B), and my project management skills in an effort to get there one day. It's important to me that I am continually working on improving my professional reach."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I want to make a commitment to this career and I want to build my career here. Fortunately, because I already work on the site, I'm crushing goals as we speak. My five year goal is to be mentoring and teaching new teammates and watching them succeed, knowing that if they are succeeding, I am too. I would like to become the trainer for the farm equipment and cattle and swine activities. It’s an extremely big goal, but with what I have learned in the four years I've been here, it’s totally possible if I put my heart into it."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Great response; your five-year plan shows a commitment to continued growth, leadership, and dedication to the company.

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