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If hired here, how long do you believe you would stay at our company?

16 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

You may not know the answer to this, for sure, but the interviewer still wants assurance that this role is not just a short blip on your employment radar. It's expensive for an employer to hire and adequately train new employees and they need assurance that their investment of time and money will offer a return.

Rather than giving them a time frame, you may want to share your career goals. You can say, "I am working towards becoming a sales manager, and I would be thrilled to lead one of your teams here one day."

By sharing that you have a vested interest in the company, they will feel reassured that you are indeed going to stick around for a while.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I am working towards becoming a sales manager, and I would be thrilled to lead one of your teams here one day."

Admin
Answer example

"I would like to stay with your company as long as you will have me! I am just starting my career and want to have proven tenure, from the start. It sounds as though you have many professional development opportunities here that will keep me engaged, and challenged."

Manager
Answer example

"I appreciate you taking a risk when it comes to hiring me because I do not have current tenure to which you can refer. I am a loyal person, which you can see in my related athletic commitments as well as the volunteer opportunity I have committed to for the past three years. I plan to stay long-term."

Marketing
Answer example

"Working for your company would be a dream come true! I have had my eye on your agency since I started earning my Marketing degree. I would be a dependable and long-term addition to your team. You will be hard-pressed to find another candidate more enthusiastic than I!"

Retail
Answer example

"I see this as a long-term position for myself. I understand that there are many growth opportunities with your organization and I look forward to proving myself here, first as a retail sales associate, and eventually into a district manager."

Sales
Answer example

"I am looking for a company with which I can grow. It's been fascinating and informative to hear how you have some employees that have been here for over ten years, and how they've grown throughout their tenure. I loved learning that there are mentoring opportunities and hope to get involved as soon as I start. My professional goal is to earn my way into a territory sales position with your organization, in the next few years."

Teacher
Answer example

"It's important to me that I join a school where I can carve out a long-term career. My wish is to nurture long-term relationships with these students, their families, and this community."

Nursery and Greenhouse
Answer example

"I am working towards becoming a sales manager, and I would be thrilled to lead one of your teams here one day."

Cost Accountant
Answer example

"I see your organization as a long-term fit for me. As you can see, I have a strong work history that includes minimal job hopping. This position offered is one that I have been on the lookout for, for quite some time, and I see it as a long-term fit."

Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
Answer example

"I love sewing garments, so I really see myself being a tailor for as long as my fingers still work. Ever since I was a child, I had a fascination with all the different ways a dress could be styled. That's why I went to school for it. And now that I have a solid foundation of knowledge, I want to continue to learn and grow in this profession."

Truck Driver
Answer example

"I am looking for a long-term fit in my next position. As you can see, I had a strong tenure with my previous company. I would love to see the same success here. I did notice on your website that you have long-haul opportunities across the coast. If I could work my way into a role like that, I would be thrilled."

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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: 12/16/2015
Last modified on: 12/17/2018

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