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What are you hoping to get out of this job, in terms of being able to advance your career?

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By: Rachelle Enns

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The interviewer wants to know that this position is not a placeholder until you find the "real" job that you want. A successful placement is one where both the employer and employee know that they are gaining real value through this new partnership. Discuss how this role will benefit your career and how onboarding you will help the interviewing company.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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"real"

Admin
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"As you know, I am a recent business administration graduate. I am looking to start my career in an organization that will have the patience to train and mentor me. I do not wish to jump from position to position; instead, find a long-term fit with mentors who can help me to grow as an administrative assisant. Over time I would like to earn my way into your human resources department."

Manager
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"I have led teams of up to 100 people; however, most of them were not direct reports. For my career to grow, I need a company who can confidently pass me a larger team. My management style is very hands-on and mentor based. I assure you that, if hired, I could quickly assist with your pain points such as employee turnover and convoluted training processes."

Marketing
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"I have been a freelance content marketer for many years now and, while it has been very lucrative for me, my biggest wish is to join an agency like yours where I can enjoy more collaborative work with larger clients and more significant projects. I am ready to dedicate my expertise to an organization with a strong reputation for delivering amazing results."

Retail
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"I am looking for a role in retail sales with will allow me to work closely with clients in a consultative selling environment. In my current role the company wants to see general upselling which I am not comfortable with, knowing that sales method does not necessarily speak to my customers' needs. Your organization offers a sales method that is much more intuitive, and I would feel so great applying my stellar sales skills here. I see that you have some management opportunities available across the country. I would be more than willing to train for one of those roles and relocate as needed."

Sales
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"I have a great deal of experience in B2C selling and have set my sights on moving to a greater challenge, which is - in my mind, B2B sales. I have enjoyed a lucrative career selling direct to consumer; however, I feel that I have loftier goals that include selling to large corporations. In exchange, I can promise you that I will take every opportunity to develop myself and become the best territory sales representative you could imagine. I have already prepared a 90-day success plan, should I be the chosen candidate. I am ready to go!"

Teacher
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"I am an experienced teacher in the public school sector, and with your organization, I would like to make the career-changing move into the private school sector. This move is important to me because this is the school where I wish for my children to attend and it would be life-changing if we could marry the two ideas. If this were possible, I would be a fixture in your school and the surrounding community for years to come."

Bank Compliance Officer
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"I saw on your website that your company is participating in the Run for the Cure benefiting the Breast Cancer Foundation. This is a great initiative contributing to the company morale by strengthening relationships while giving back to the community. I also always seek the opportunity to develop my team playing skills and hope to work with colleagues I will consider family."

Transportation Manager
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"I am looking to grow within the organization which isn't possible at my current position, and I know you have exciting opportunities such as (X positions you saw on the company website). I also saw on your website that your company is participating in (X exciting initiative). This is a great initiative contributing to the company morale by strengthening relationships while giving back to the community. I always seek the opportunity to demonstrate my team playing skills and hope to work with colleagues I will consider part of my family."

Ramp Agent
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"I saw on your website that your company is participating in initiatives benefiting the Breast Cancer Foundation. This is a great initiative contributing to the company morale by strengthening relationships while giving back to the community. I always seek the opportunity to demonstrate my team playing skills and hope to work with colleagues I will consider part of my family."

Video Producer
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"I saw on your website that your company is participating in (X exciting initiative). This is a great initiative contributing to the company morale by strengthening relationships while giving back to the community. I always seek the opportunity to demonstrate my team playing skills and hope to work with colleagues I will consider part of my family."

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

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What are you hoping to get out of this job, in terms of being able to advance your career?
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I would like to be able to work my way up the ladder. I feel that once I have a solid understanding of my current job then I would be open to moving upward.
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I'm hoping to learn new things in a complex way to exercise my mind in problem solving and hope to give back to the company by training others with the knowledge I've obtain.
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Lifelong learning, friendship, and contentment.
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I want nothing more than to experience the life and working day of a paramedic, however, I really like the thought of teaching people who are starting out with the same initial goal as me at present.
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Proving myself that I can achieve any goals I want in life.
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Give a positive input to a good company.
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I am hoping to get a great foundation in the current position and will use that foundation to succeed through out my career. Such as become an expert of detailed orientated work.
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1. From where I sit, IPS will be my best shot to achieving my goals. Dealing with many companies at the same time is an added advantage...
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Valuable lessons in time management and customer service, marketing and how successful businesses are run.
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To do something very extraordinary in life beginning from this job.
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