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Where do you see yourself in five years?

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How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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"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."

Admin
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"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."

Manager
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"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."

Marketing
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"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."

Retail
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"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
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"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."

Teacher
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"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."

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

Wildland Firefighter
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"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."

Pharmacy Technician
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"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."

Yoga Instructor
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"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!"

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Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 06/08/2015
Last modified on: 12/04/2018

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Where do you see yourself in five years?
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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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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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Presently I am working as a test engineer in the coming five years I will become a project manager.
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At that place where I can give my best for the company.
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As a massage therapist working at spa or similar place.
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Same place 5 years older tough.
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In a senior position in radiotherapy physics.
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In five years I see myself studying in university.
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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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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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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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I wil be thinking as I am test engineer now in next five years I wil be a project manager.
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I see myself working in a field where I get to inspire and help others.
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Working for Humana - breaking sale records.
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Finishing college and starting a career.
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As the group manager or Division Manager for the company.
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I see myself in a senior positoin managing importanty port folio of the company.
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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 my self as an experience vet nurse.
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Building a career hopefully within the NHS
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May be as a head of the department or as a principal.
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As a customer service representative in a higher position.
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To have a key management position at your organization.
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I aim to become a Software developer and develop some major feature for your Product.
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A senior manager in a well established firm.
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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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In 5 yrs I see my self with lots of wisdom and knowledge.
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In five years I see myself been giving a bigger task to handle in this company.
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Improvising my skills and working hard towards the development.
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I need to move up to greater level of responsibility with that company.
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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 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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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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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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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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Lead the internal audit team in an international organisation.
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Striving to become manager lead foremen.
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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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I see myself in a higher position achieving my higher goals.
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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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In five years I see myself in a supervisor role as a medical technologist.
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5 years hopefully I’m some kind of manager position move up as much as possible.
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