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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."