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.
"I am looking for a long-term fit in my next position. As you can see, I had strong progress and career growth in my previous company. I would love to see the same success with your company. I did notice on your website that you have global leadership opportunities. If I could work my way into a role like that, I would be thrilled."
"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."
"I currently manage a small production team; however, in five years I would like to grow into a regional management position. I researched the career path in your organization and saw that you spend a great deal of time grooming your employees for quick promotion."
"In five years, I would like to be managing a team and working towards a Director of Marketing position with your organization. I have seen examples of this progression in your organization and want this same career trajectory for myself."
"Five years from now I am interested in running my franchise. I have researched the requirements you have set for potential franchise owners and have already started saving my money to purchase my location."
"In five years I would like to be seen as an authority in the SaaS industry. I would like to be well-connected and trusted when it comes to my work here."
"I value stability and longevity in a position and team, so in five years, I hope to be at the same school, in a position of leadership, either formally or informally. I would seek out opportunities to mentor new hires, be a coach of a team, and continue to grow as an educator. I am also planning to get my masters in team leadership, so I feel that will be a precious asset to my new school."
"I want to start my own business in a few years after I get more experience in the industry."
"I would like to complete more trainings that will help me to assist my clients in alternative ways. I'm interested in acupuncture. In five years, I want to be able to offer this as an option for treatment."
"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 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."