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Where do you see yourself in five years?

This question has been answered 113 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
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.

ABA Therapist answer example
"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 answer example
"I see myself actively engaged in the community through leading groups, volunteering, and positively representing this clinic to the general public."
Addiction Psychiatrist answer example
"When answering this question you'll need to explain how committed you are to staying with the company. Assure the interviewer that you don't plan on staying in this job until something better comes along. Discuss where you'd like to be in the process of achieving a goal in the next five years. You might consider sharing smaller goals such as the success of your teams, ways you plan to grow in your career or advancing your education. "
Admin answer example
"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 answer example
"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 answer example
"Now is not the time to be clever and tell the interviewer that you plan on being in his position in 5 years....too soon my friend. What you will want to tell the interviewer is that you would like to move up the ladder. Is there another department that interests you but you know you need the experience to get there? Would you like to teach more classes to large audiences? Are you hoping to finish your master's degree? Whatever direction you are looking to go make it something that will better yourself. "
Allergist answer example
"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. "
Anesthesiologist answer example
"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 answer example
"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 answer example
"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 answer example
"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."
Audio Engineer answer example
"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."
Autopsy Assistant answer example
"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."
Bacteriologist answer example
"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 lab. Explain how you hope you will grow professionally within the community and bring more patients into the clinic. "
Bank Compliance Officer answer example
"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."
Basic answer example
"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."
Behavioral Health Technician answer example
"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."
Benefits Manager answer example
"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."
Claims Adjuster answer example
"Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role, perhaps training new claims adjusters. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."
Clinical Laboratory Technician answer example
"I would like to complete more training that will help me grow as a Clinical Laboratory Technician. In five years, I would like to be in a leadership position within this lab."
Concierge answer example
"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."
Corporate Copywriter answer example
"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."
Cosmetologist answer example
"Now that you have achieved your goal of becoming a cosmetologist, it may seem overwhelming to think about the future. You've been working hard to get to this point, but take heart! The interviewer doesn't expect a detailed answer. They just want to get an idea of how this position fits into your future goals. Do you plan to do hair for a salon for two years and then start your own? Do you plan to get more certifications to focus on color and color correction? What about skincare? Do you want to add on more certifications? Think about some of these questions if you're not quite clear on your goals. Offer up a couple of things you're interested in doing in the future and show the interviewer that this position will help launch you into your dream career!"
Court Clerk answer example
"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."
Dental Assistant answer example
"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."
Dental Laboratory Technician answer example
"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."
Detective answer example
"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."
Dietitian and Nutritionist answer example
"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."
Electrician answer example
"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."
Elementary Teacher answer example
"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."
Entertainment Anchor answer example
"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."
Fashion Designer answer example
"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."
FBI answer example
"Organizations are always looking out for the candidate who has the best potential to mold and grow. Approach this with specific objectives, career goals and a clear mindset. It's important to examine your goals before an interview so that you can express how the job will fit in. Tell them you can see yourself learning new skills and experiences which would enhance your interests in growing with the FBI, and that you are eager to further your career by studying for professional qualifications. Goals such as becoming an expert in a particular realm, progressing to team leadership or a management position indicate to the interviewer that you know what you want and that this role serves a purpose on a higher level. "
Field Producer answer example
"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."
Ghostwriter answer example
"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."
Grounds Maintenance Worker answer example
"I am happy to grown 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." If you are looking for a strong growth opportunity you can express that also, "In 5 years I would like to have worked my way into a managerial or supervisory role. Attending classes in the evenings and weekends to obtain my Red Seal certification in landscaping would be on my radar as well, if the opportunity was presented to me."
Health Educator answer example
"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."
Health Information Technician answer example
"The interviewer wants to know that you’re ambitious, career-oriented, and committed to a future with the company. Instead of sharing your dream for early retirement, or trying to be funny, give them an answer that illustrates your drive and commitment to working, learning and growing with the company. "
Human Resource Specialist answer example
"Answer example, "I value progressive career development and want to see myself in a Director role within the next 5 years. I’m willing to work hard to learn this role and how I can add value to the organization throughout my development."
Interior Designer answer example
"The interviewer hopes to hear that you will stay with the company long-term. Simply share that you see yourself working at this company in five years! Express that you hope you will find a company that you love working for and will stay in for many years to come. If the company offers a promotional track for Interior Designers, such as management, you may even mention that you hope to receive a promotion at the company within 10 years!"
Junior Accountant answer example
"Interviewers want to hear that you will be in the accounting field still working for the same company! Tell the interviewer that you see yourself actively engaged within the field. Explain how you hope you have grown professionally, and mention that you see yourself having continued to create a positive career path within the organization. You may even mention if you hope to have received a promotion by the five-year mark!"
Kitchen Manager answer example
"If you're having trouble thinking into the future about your plans when you haven't even landed the job you want now, you're not alone! The best thing you can do is to take some time to prepare for this question. Not only will it help you impress the interviewer, but it may also give you some clarity. Let's say you're interviewing for jobs as a dental hygienist. It's your first interview and you're nervous. You know you have the knowledge, but you don't have a lot of experience to back it up. Five years seems like a lot to think about! Here is a suggestion for how you can answer this question: "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." You can keep it very simple. The interviewer doesn't expect you to have your whole career planned out, but they do want to hear you are interested in staying in the field and growing in your knowledge. Any plans for furthering your education are welcome!"
Laboratory Assistant answer example
"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."
Law Enforcement answer example
"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."
Library Assistant answer example
"Interviewers want to hear that you will be working at the library! Tell the interviewer that you see yourself actively engaged in the library in five years. Explain how you hope you have grown professionally within the library, and mention that you see yourself having continued to create a positive outlook for the library during your five years in the role. If you are currently a student, express what you are going to school for, when you plan to graduate, and what your career aspirations are upon graduation. If the library offers positions in your field of education, be sure to mention that you would consider a job in your field at the library upon graduation."
Loan Officer answer example
"The interviewer is hoping to hear that you will stay with their company long-term. If you are currently going to school, share that you hope to stay with the company at least until graduation. Mention what you are going to school for and when you plan to graduate. If the company offers careers in your field of study, such as management, be sure to mention that you would be interested in considering a management opportunity upon graduation. If you are not a student, that is great! Simply tell the interviewer that you see yourself still working for the company. Next, mention if you hope to receive a promotion at some point. State the title of the position you would like to be in, and mention that you understand it will take time to achieve this level. If it happens within 5 years, that's great! If not, you will continue to learn as much as possible now until the promotional opportunity becomes available."
Loss Prevention answer example
"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."
Manager answer example
"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."
Medical Assistant answer example
"I plan to work as a medical assistant for a couple years to get exposure to the medical field. I plan to continue my education by becoming a nurse. Working at your hospital will give me the experience I need to move forward with my goals."
Medical Receptionist answer example
"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."
Mental Health Counselor answer example
"Having a five year plan reveals your ambition and ability to plan for the future. You work with clients to help them attain their goals, so why not set some for yourself? "I would like to complete more trainings that will help me to assist my clients in alternative ways. I'm interested in studying somatic therapy to help more of my trauma patients. In five years, I want to be able to offer this as an option for treatment." Be specific! Before your interview take some time to think through your goals and how you intend to reach them."
Merchandiser answer example
"If you're having trouble thinking into the future about your plans when you haven't even landed the job you want now, you're not alone! The best thing you can do is to take some time to prepare for this question. Not only will it help you impress the interviewer, but it may also give you some clarity. Let's say you're interviewing for jobs as a dental hygienist. It's your first interview and you're nervous. You know you have the knowledge, but you don't have a lot of experience to back it up. Five years seems like a lot to think about! Here is a suggestion for how you can answer this question: "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." You can keep it very simple. The interviewer doesn't expect you to have your whole career planned out, but they do want to hear you are interested in staying in the field and growing in your knowledge. Any plans for furthering your education are welcome!"
Meteorologist answer example
"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."
Millwright answer example
"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."
Mortgage Loan Processor answer example
"I am looking for a long term fit in my next role. In 5 years, I would love to be here! Moving up in my role would be a bonus as well. Perhaps into a lower level supervisory role."
Multimedia Journalist answer example
"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."
News Director answer example
"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."
News Producer answer example
"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."
News Researcher answer example
"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."
Newspaper Columnist answer example
"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."
Newspaper Delivery Driver answer example
"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."
Occupational Therapist answer example
"In five years, I'd like to be working towards my Doctorate. I'd like to be one of your lead Occupational Therapists here working with children in the school setting."
Painter answer example
"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."
Pastry Chef answer example
"The interviewer wants to find out if you think about the future when you think about your job as a pastry chef. It's important to have some professional goals, so if you don't have a clue where you want to be in five years just yet, take some time to think about it! Your goals can be as simple as, "I want to start my own business in a few years after I get more experience in the industry." Focus your response on ways that the position you're interviewing for will help you to achieve this goal. Think about some of the other steps you'll need to take in order to get there. Identify how this position will equip you with the skills and experience you need to be successful!"
Patient Services Coordinator answer example
"In 5 years I see myself working for company that supports and empowers their employees."
Pharmacy Technician answer example
"Think about your career goals before your interview. It is likely that you will be asked a question similar to this. Be prepared to talk about how your role as a pharmacy tech will fits into your five year plan. Don't have a plan? Take some time to look at your options. Research the career path of a pharmacy tech. You could work as a lead pharmacy tech or decide to go to pharmacy school. The options are endless!"
Photojournalist answer example
"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."
Political Reporter answer example
"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."
Preschool Director answer example
"Interviewers want to hear that you will be directing this preschool! Tell the interviewer that you see yourself actively engaged in the community directing the preschool in five years. Explain how you hope you have grown professionally in the community and are viewed as a top-notch director, and mention that you see yourself having continued to create a positive outlook for the school during your five years in the role."
Production Assistant answer example
"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."
Project Accountant answer example
"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."
Psychiatrist answer example
"I am driven to be the best at what I do and I want to work somewhere where I’ll have opportunities to develop my skills, take on interesting projects, and work with people I can really learn from."
Public Information Officer answer example
"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."
Reading Teacher answer example
"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."
Residential Advisors answer example
"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."
Respiratory Therapists answer example
"Be honest with yourself: Are you looking for a permanent position with opportunity for long-term growth? Do you plan to work as a respiratory therapist forever or do you see it as a gateway into another career down the road? Whenever you apply for a new job, you might want to consider these questions first. How will this new position fit into your future plans? Five years might feel like a long time, but it flies by fast! Working as a respiratory therapist will give you the clinical experience that could open the doors to other fields of medicine. Some people consider pursuing a related career, like becoming a Pulminary Function Technologist. If you enjoy working in a laboratory, you may be interested in working as a Biological Technician. If you have completed your associate's degree, then there is always room for more education! Think about where you'd like to see yourself in five years and work backwards to identify the milestone goals you will need to accomplish in order to get there."
Restaurant Manager answer example
"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."
Retail answer example
"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."
Sales answer example
"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."
Sales Associate answer example
"Your answer should be positive and in alignment with the organizations' long term goals. It would be helpful to research the company's vision/ mission ahead of time to see how your personal career goals would fit. "On your website I read that you are 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 management position. I would also be excited to participate in company approved courses and workshops in order to further develop my skills to compliment the company's long term goals."
Sales Engineers answer example
"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."
School Counselor answer example
"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."
Screenwriter answer example
"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."
Security Manager answer example
"This is yet another example of the type of career question you can anticipate. As you think about your career plans, where would you like to be in the next five years? How will this position help you get there? Are you planning to complete a degree or continue in your training? Do you want to start your own business? Consider responding with this: "I want to grow in my knowledge of security software and technology. In the next five years I would like to be managing a bigger team. This position will help me in my technical skills and give me the opportunity to grow in my leadership abilities."
Social Work answer example
"Keep this answer within the same wheelhouse as the job you are interviewing for. 5 years isn't very far away so it would be ideal to let the interviewer know that you would like to be at the same company. Now would be the best time to tell the interviewer that you would like to start working on your Masters Degree and have it within the next 5 years. Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur? Owning your own counseling office would be a great goal to achieve in 10 years. "
Sound Engineering Technicians answer example
"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."
Sous Chef answer example
"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."
Staff Accountant answer example
"Interviewers want to hear that you will be actively involved in the accounting department! Tell the interviewer that you see yourself actively engaged in the organization as a professional member of the accounting team in five years. Explain how you hope you have grown professionally in the department and are viewed as a top-notch leader for the team. If you have aspirations to be promoted within the department, now is a great time to share them mentioning that you understand it will take several years to accomplish this goal."
Surveyor answer example
"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."
Tax Manager answer example
"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."
Teacher answer example
"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."
Technical Support Specialist answer example
"By asking this question, the interviewer is trying to establish how committed you are to staying with the company. Given that they're prepared to put in the effort and expense into training you, they won't look very favorably on someone who is using them until something better comes along. Perhaps, you can say that you're interested in starting out in this position and within 5 years, you're hoping to specialize in a certain area and are willing to undergo training and certifications to further enhance your career. This kind of answer shows commitment and will impress the interviewer. "
Training Specialist answer example
"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."
Travel Agent answer example
"Interviewers are always looking out for the candidate who has the best potential to mold and grow within their Company. With this is in mind this question is asked to throw you. Approach this with specific objectives, career goals and a clear mind set and show you are keen to stay and learn and progress within their employ. Tell them you can see yourself learning new skills and experiences which would enhance your interests in basic travel agent duties, eager to further your career by studying for professional qualifications and become an all round expert and progress to a team leadership or management position. This kind of answer will show the interviewer you mean business and you are there for the long haul and are prepared to build and grow with the Company."
Treasury Assistant answer example
"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."
TSA Screener answer example
"The interviewer hopes to hear that you will stay with the company long-term. If you are a student, tell the interviewer that you plan to stay with TSA through graduation, and then share what career or further education you hope to be pursuing at that five-year mark. If TSA offers careers in your field, such as management, be sure to mention that you would be open to considering a career in your field at TSA if one is available upon graduating. If you are not a student, no problem! Simply share that you see yourself working at TSA! You may even mention that you hope to have received a promotion by the five year mark."
Union Representative answer example
"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."
University Administrator answer example
"The candidate should confirm what it is they are striving to achieve which unless they are looking for a total career change will paint a picture of natural development. An idea of how they may achieve this would also be good, even if wrong in the University world as they obviously don't have all the inside knowledge, but this at least gives us an idea that this has been thought through. Here is an answer example: "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."
Urban and Regional Planners answer example
"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."
Veterinarian School answer example
"Example Answer:- "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"
Veterinary Technician answer example
"First of all, what are your goals? Maybe you want to work at a zoo. You might even aspire to work in veterinary internal medicine. This question may seem overwhelming as you are entering your first job in a new career. Take heart! It's okay if you don't have your future all figured out! Here's a way to answer it: "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." You may be asked a follow up question like, "Why do you enjoy emergency medicine?" or asked to give an example of a situation. Talk about the details. What skills and knowledge will you gain from this job you're applying for that will help you to accomplish your goal? Knowing how this new position will fit into your career goals and articulating that to your interviewer will help you score extra points!"
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor answer example
" “Let me start by saying that I’m really excited about the position we are discussing and my number one goal is to do the best job I can at this role. Having said that, if down the line there’s an opportunity for advancement and I’ve proven that I have not only the skills and experience needed to take on this next level of responsibility, then, of course, ​I would be interested."
Voice Over Artist answer example
"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."
Voice Writing Reporter answer example
"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."
Warehouse Clerk answer example
"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 become a Team Lead within the department. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."
Warehouse Supervisor answer example
"The interviewer hopes to hear that you will stay with the company long-term. If you are a student, tell the interviewer that you plan to stay at their company through graduation, and then share what career or further education you hope to be pursuing at that five-year mark. If the company offers careers in your field, such as management, be sure to mention that you would be open to considering a career in your field at their company if one is available upon graduating. If you are not a student, no problem! Simply share that you see yourself working at the company! You may even mention that you hope to have received a promotion by the five year mark."
Weather Producer answer example
"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."
Welfare Eligibility Worker answer example
"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."
Wildland Firefighter answer example
"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." Talk about where you see your current passion leading you. It's important to think about how this job will fit into your future goals. Setting goals shows your ambition and determination. This company wants to know that you think about the future and are actively working towards your goals. Better yet, they want to know how working for them will help you accomplish your goals! Think about how this job will help you get one step closer to achieving your dream life! "
Wildlife Biologist answer example
"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."
Wildlife Officer answer example
"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."
Yoga Instructor answer example
"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!" Whether you plan to teach yoga full-time or on the side with your regular office job, yoga studio owners want to hear that you are goal-oriented. Give an example that shows you are thinking about the future and taking steps to reach your goals. "
Youth Worker answer example
"The interviewer wants to find out if you think about the future when you think about your job as a youth worker. It's important to have some professional goals. If you don't have a clue about where you want to be in five years just yet, take some time to think about it! Your goals can be as simple as, "I want to be an Executive Director or a non-profit," or, "I want to learn more about program management and design." Focus your response on ways that the position you're interviewing for will help you to achieve this goal. Think about some of the other steps you'll need to take in order to get there. Identify how this position will equip you with the skills and experience you need to be successful!"

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Where do you see yourself in five years?
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5 years hopefully I’m some kind of manager position move up as much as possible.
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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.
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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.
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Presently I am working as a test engineer in the coming five years I will become a project manager.
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I wil be thinking as I am test engineer now in next five years I wil be a project manager.
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Same place 5 years older tough.
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In five years I see myself studying in university.
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I see my self as an experience vet nurse.
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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.
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Lead the internal audit team in an international organisation.
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As a customer service representative in a higher position.
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Improvising my skills and working hard towards the development.
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Finishing college and starting a career.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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In 5 yrs I see my self with lots of wisdom and knowledge.
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I see myself in a senior positoin managing importanty port folio of the company.
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Possibly, in the same area, but I want to get more education on disabilities. I would like to have a degree in Psychology.
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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.
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In a senior position in radiotherapy physics.
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As the group manager or Division Manager for the company.
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I always increase my skills and knowledge, Now I learnt so many thing in five years, now I able to face any challenge.
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Managing my own company though I know I will probally take longer than that and I have to be realistick.
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In five years I see myself been giving a bigger task to handle in this company.
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May be as a head of the department or as a principal.
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Five years from now I can see my self as a productive speech pathologist in the United states.
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I see myself being successful and growing taking step by step and hopfuly will be in this company.
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Working for Humana - breaking sale records.
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I see myself in a higher position achieving my higher goals.
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Building a career hopefully within the NHS
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I need to move up to greater level of responsibility with that company.
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I see myself working in a field where I get to inspire and help others.
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At that place where I can give my best for the company.
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I aim to become a Software developer and develop some major feature for your Product.
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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.
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To have a key management position at your organization.
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In five years I see myself in a supervisor role as a medical technologist.
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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.
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Striving to become manager lead foremen.
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As a massage therapist working at spa or similar place.
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A senior manager in a well established firm.
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Graduating from a good college and finding a career within the industrial arts field.
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Finishing college to become a pediatric nurse.
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I see myself in college working hard to get my teaching degree.
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I see myself in a position with more responsibility.
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I see myself working towards or having my Ventiaty medical degree and being very successful in the feild.
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I see myself going into Nursing School to pursue a degree as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner.
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I see myself in college for theater.
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Well I am in college right now so in 5 years I will probably be in grad school or the workforce. Working will definitely be a big part of my life no matter what I do so I know this will be a good experience. A chance to learn more skills.
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I see my self as a store manager for a restaurant or retail outlet. And probally married.
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I see my self as a first year medical student.
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Working in the medical field.
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I see myself graduating from a good college and having my own advertising bussiness.
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Finishing college and working.
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In college finishing school!
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I see myself in college for criminal justice.
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I see myself entering into a second university to earn my Master's degree in criminology.
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Finish college and starting my carer having a good stable job.
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Getting my AA degree in art history and working.
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Why do you like dunkin donuts.
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In the next five years I see myself in a leadership position with this company.
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In the next five years I will be finishing Mississippi State University and will be starting my career in electronics and computer engineering and repairs.
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I see myself graduating college and to find a career in psychology.
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I see myself as a hardworking student, with a steady job, and creating building blocks for my life.
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Becoming a manager at a work place, or running my own business.
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Those who need help as beggars.
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I see myself in a position with more responsibility.
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Graduated from highschool. In college.
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In 5 years I see myself working as a nurse.
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In College finishing school.
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I see myself in 5 years hopefully with a company I can find career growth in.
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I see myself graduating from college with enough money to start a small business for my spa and cafe thanks to dunkin donuts.
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In college studying programming.
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I see my self in a position with more responsibility.
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In five years, I see myself enjoying my career, having my first house and traveling the world.
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I can picture myself working hard to get my undergraduate degree in pre-physical therapy or nursing.
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In five years I see myself having a job in accounting and finishing up college.
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I see myself graduated from college, teaching somewhere with a husband ready to start a family.
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Ill be in college going for my hvac classes.
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I see myself with one or two children, in the healthcare field, and located on the West Coast.
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Maybe doing something else related to serving dessert like a opening a bakery, of some sort..
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I see myself owning a business of myself and I see myself being successful.
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In five years I see myself graduating from college with the tools that I need to start and carry on my on successful day spa and cafe. From the help of working at Dunkin donuts, I will not only have some funds, but will also have experience in handling food which will help me be more prepared for the cafe part of my business.
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I see myself in Medical school because I want to become a dermatologist some day!
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Five years from now I see myself working in the medical field as E.M.T.(Emergency Medical Technician)
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In five years, I hope to have graduated college with a music therapy degree and to have minimum debt. I also hope to have job as music therapist at a private practice or hospital.
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I see myself still working for Dunkin Donuts. With being well trained able to do anything in the store. Maybe even a manager.
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Anything can happen in five years but I would see myself balancing work and school. Also see myself being successful and loveing my job.
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In five years I see myself going into my final year of college and pursuing a career in criminal justice.
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Senior in high school at unf or Florida state university.
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At the beginning of my career in the Corporate world. My concentration is in Finance, so probably in a bank, or a corporate firm.
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I would like to be working at Dunkin Donuts in a manager position.
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Senior in college, either at UNF or FSU
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I see myself being a business man in the five years.
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Graduating from college and entering the health field.
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In 5 years I see myself graduating from college and working as a engineer.
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To be a good worker.
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In five years, I see myself having just graduated Pharmacy school. I see myself getting married and buying my own home. I see myself working as a pharmacist in a retail pharmacy, like Giant Eagle Pharmacy.
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I expect to still be in college studying business.

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