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Do you have any near impossible goals set for yourself? Tell me about one of them.

9 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Part of the fun that life brings is that we can daydream about crazy goals that we want to achieve. Everyone has a wild dream some sort. Think about goals that you have set that you know are a bit out-there. You can have some fun with this answer to make yourself memorable; however, if possible, bring your answer back around and relate it to the position for which you are interviewing.

Some near impossible goals may be:

- To run an ultra-marathon in another country
- To win a world record of some sort
- To train yourself to run a sub 6-minute mile
- To enter and win a bodybuilding competition
- To complete five Masters' degrees before you retire
- To travel the entire world
- To go on, and win the show Survivor
- To create zero waste for one year
- To go to space
- To become a millionaire

Many of these examples, as you can see, are goals that you can likely achieve with some serious dedication, drive, and a solid plan. Show the interviewer that you believe in yourself and can create a strategy to get you there. Now you have set the stage to bring in a lofty work-related goal.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I like to dream big and would say that my biggest goal at the moment is to enter and win my first bodybuilding competition. I realize that winning in unlikely; however, I love the idea of putting that much dedication into my health and bettering myself. I have already hired a personal trainer who will help me get there. As you can see, I am not afraid to take steps towards the seemingly impossible. I plan to be your highest producing sales professional in the next 30 days and will bring the same dedication to you as I bring to my personal goals."

Admin
Answer example

"I am a major researcher and total geek when it comes to education. I have set a goal to complete five Master's degrees before I retire. Continued learning is a passion of mine and, although it seems forever away, I am consistently chipping away at my goal. I take one correspondence course at a time so that I can reach my goal in tandem with working full-time. This goal will help me greatly when it comes to my knowledge and skill set as an administrator. Being highly educated will only help me in this role with your organization."

Manager
Answer example

"One near impossible goal I have set for myself is to go to space one day. I am a major space enthusiast. I often bring fun facts from my space research into the workplace. Recently I did a presentation to my staff discussing the dedication required of an astronaut long before they ever get to the actual launch phase. The lessons of an astronaut can apply to any workplace. You need to dedicate yourself to training, personal betterment, and prepare yourself for a multitude of trial and error situations. If you remain focused, you will get there, and the reward will be like nothing else."

Marketing
Answer example

"This goal may seem impossible now, but I know deep down it is not entirely impossible. I have a dream of being a regular contributor to Forbes. I know that my marketing knowledge is vast, and my outlook is a refreshing one that people will enjoy taking in. Being noticed in this space can be challenging; however, I am looking into more networking events that will introduce me to the right people. I have also taken a variety of writing courses to improve the quality of my articles. Once I reach this goal, it will be great exposure for your business as well! You will have a Forbes writer on staff!"

Retail
Answer example

"I would love to have my own successful fashion line one day. As you can see, I have a major penchant for fashion and design. This passion leads me to do an incredible amount of reading and research on the latest fashion trends. Because of this goal, I fully immerse myself in the fashion industry. This interest of mine will have an incredibly positive impact on my in-store performance with your brand."

Sales
Answer example

"I have found that running is not only a sport but that every run is a lesson in mental agility. I have set the goal to run a sub 6-minute mile by the year 2020. While I am running, my head is clear, I am in stealth concentration mode, and I focus solely on my goal. Interesting enough, this uber concentration has helped me in my sales immensely. I have a new found focus at work."

Teacher
Answer example

"I have set the goal to spend my summers traveling to new countries, and I want to have traveled the entire world by the time I am 50 years old. This goal means that I will need to travel to eight countries per summer, giving me approximately one week in each country for July and August. This goal is a major challenge, but I am excited about the knowledge I will be able to bring back to my students every September!"

Nursing Aide
Answer example

"There have been times when I considered nursing school, but at this point in my life, I really don't know if that is something I want to pursue. One thing I like about healthcare is the fact that, if I do ever desire to continue my education, I can continue to care for people."

Epidemiologist
Answer example

"Studies show that there is a connection between smoking and lung cancer. I took the risk to focus my energy on the connection between second-hand smoke and lung cancer. My risk paid off and my research was published last year."

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.
First written on: 06/01/2015
Last modified on: 11/29/2018

View user-submitted Answers

Do you have any near impossible goals set for yourself? Tell me about one of them.
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1. As they say life begin at 40, I have planned to be through with my career goal i. E attained my PHD & to be in a senior position of responsibility. As it looks that is not likely to be achieved. Luckily I have re-adjusted that goal to read only achieave one.
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I did not really ever set near impossible goals for myself, with age comes the maturity and therefore one should focus on the task that can be accomplished. One day I wish to discover a new plant species coz I simply love nature. So the new plant species is usually named after you and that is how I want to live forever.
3.
No I do not I try to set goals and accomplish them wether it take long or short time to do so.
4.
Actually there is no impossible goal for anyone and it was my bit less work put on it and I was not able to do it that was to get into iit.
5.
Something I've always wanted to do is be a writer. I would love to write a book.
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I wanted to become an IAS officer in my childhood, but I lost my interest towards it now . So it may be a impossible goal for me to acheive.
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The near impossible goal I have for myself is to be financially happy and live on a farm with a big beautiful home so that I may have as many animals as I want without worry of space and money.
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To me no goal is impossible as long you put your mind to it.
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I am really interested in trauma, however, I think maybe in my next life I will act on this sooner in my life.
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Working on invention ideas.
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No. I feel that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
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