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Where do you see yourself in five years?

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Interviewing and on-boarding is a costly and time-consuming process for any company and 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.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
ABA Therapist

"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."

Addiction Counselor

"I see myself actively engaged in the community through leading groups, volunteering, and positively representing this clinic to the general public."


"Five years from now, I would like to be an executive assistant in your c-suite. I am gaining a great deal of experience as an administrator and feel that I will be ready for this responsibility in that time frame."

Administrator Assistant

"If you have a passion for your career, this is an easy answer. My example answer would be: 'As a software engineer, I would be thrilled to be a part of your company working as a software engineer for the next five years. I chose to apply to your company, because I have a huge passion for this type of work that you are developing. I envision us having great success, and I would love to be a part of it in five years from now.' It's always a bonus to stay positive, and if you can, say you see yourself within the company in five years. Avoid common interview answers that just say, 'Well I would love to be working for you in five years'. No, you want to say something with more detail. Don't worry about knowing what you should be working on in five years, but at least know what you should be working on in two years. What I mean by that is, if I were to be interviewing for Google Maps, I would say, 'I am extremely excited about developing advanced advertising models within the google maps framework.' And I would avoid answers that would talk about the distant future, example, 'Well in five years I hope we at Google are making maps of Pluto'. No, that just sounds ridiculous."

Alcohol and Drug Counselor

"My goal right now is to find a position at a counseling center where I can grow and take on new challenges over time. Ultimately, I’d like to assume more management responsibilities and get involved in community projects. But most importantly, I want to work for an organization where I can build a long-term and fruitful career.”"


"While the interviewer is interested in the type of person you are, sharing about how many kids you want is not very relevant to this position. You may want to start by sharing that you have a long term goal of managing your own medical practice. Explain how you hope you will grow professionally within the community and bring more patients into the clinic. "


"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."

Assignment Desk Editor

"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."

Assistant Principal

"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."

Athletic Director

"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."

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Where do you see yourself in five years?
5 years hopefully I’m some kind of manager position move up as much as possible.
I see myself moving up to being a supervisor or a tem leader with in my job. I want to work my way up. I want to be working in a supervisors position.
I see myself to be a project manager within the organization and it's my passion to manage with the coworkers to meet the company's mission.
Presently I am working as a test engineer in the coming five years I will become a project manager.
I wil be thinking as I am test engineer now in next five years I wil be a project manager.
Same place 5 years older tough.
In five years I see myself studying in university.
I see my self as an experience vet nurse.
As a team leader or mentor as the go to person in the team. The one who knows the nuts and bolts of the systems.
Lead the internal audit team in an international organisation.
As a customer service representative in a higher position.
Improvising my skills and working hard towards the development.
Finishing college and starting a career.
I'd like to see myself progressing through the company eventually. I love customer service so would still like to be involved in that, perhaps in a coaching capacity.
Applcations Consultatnt at Echo :-) I enjoy the work I have done in Business Systems Analysis working for a software provider, successfully implementing changes or new systems.
Architecting VMware solutions for customers, it involves not only superior knowledge of the products but it involves critical thinking and applying a solution to a problem. I really enjoy helping customers with finding solutions to their problems, having that relationship with a customer and expanding my knowledge base in VMware technologies which I am passionate in.
Retired. Even though will be retired from the job market, do have plans to continue to work with the homeless and domestic violence program to pay back to the communitty that made it possible for me to be where I am at today.
In 5 yrs I see my self with lots of wisdom and knowledge.
I see myself in a senior positoin managing importanty port folio of the company.
Possibly, in the same area, but I want to get more education on disabilities. I would like to have a degree in Psychology.
I see myself as someone who made a significant impact in this organization .Like what I've said moments ago, I want to excel with this organization.
In a senior position in radiotherapy physics.
As the group manager or Division Manager for the company.
I always increase my skills and knowledge, Now I learnt so many thing in five years, now I able to face any challenge.
Managing my own company though I know I will probally take longer than that and I have to be realistick.
In five years I see myself been giving a bigger task to handle in this company.
May be as a head of the department or as a principal.
Five years from now I can see my self as a productive speech pathologist in the United states.
I see myself being successful and growing taking step by step and hopfuly will be in this company.
Working for Humana - breaking sale records.
I see myself in a higher position achieving my higher goals.
Building a career hopefully within the NHS
I need to move up to greater level of responsibility with that company.
I see myself working in a field where I get to inspire and help others.
At that place where I can give my best for the company.
I aim to become a Software developer and develop some major feature for your Product.
My number one goal is to do the best job I can at this role. Having said that, I’m really passionate about the work I do and, five yers from now, I would love if there were opportunities for me down the line to also be able to mentor other employees, or new recruits to be successful within this position.
To have a key management position at your organization.
In five years I see myself in a supervisor role as a medical technologist.
In five years, I would want to have grown in my skills and experience to allow me take up bigger responsibilities in the fight against poverty contributing to creating a bigger transformation in the lives of others.
Striving to become manager lead foremen.
As a massage therapist working at spa or similar place.
A senior manager in a well established firm.
Graduating from a good college and finding a career within the industrial arts field.
Finishing college to become a pediatric nurse.
I see myself in college working hard to get my teaching degree.
I see myself in a position with more responsibility.
I see myself working towards or having my Ventiaty medical degree and being very successful in the feild.
I see myself going into Nursing School to pursue a degree as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner.
I see myself in college for theater.

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