If this is your first job or several years into your career, you want to be thinking a little bit about the future as you prepare for your interview. Interviewers want to understand how this job fits into your longer-term goals. They also like hearing that you have professional goals!
If you're not 100% sure what career path you wish to take, you can tell them about how you want to develop specific skills that will help you in a professional setting. If the position is administrative, learning how to use software, phone systems, and scheduling are all skills that are helpful when working in any career.
"I want to become a dental hygienist. Working at your clinic, as a dental assistant will give me exposure to the field and valuable work experience to help me reach my goal."
"My goal is to start as your receptionist and earn my way into an executive assistant position. I will aim for excellence every step of the way."
"One goal that I recently achieved was to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management. The next goal at hand is for me to find an MIT (management in training) program that will give me the much-needed career foundation that I crave. I am so impressed with your company's MIT program and know I will reach this next goal with the support of your organization."
"Being a Marketing Director is a dream of mine which I realize will take many years of dedication and hard work. I like that you mentioned your agency's interest in grooming junior marketing associates for higher-level roles. I look forward to soaking up all the training and mentoring that your agency has to offer."
"I have my eye on becoming a buyer for retail one day. I think it would be amazing to work my way up the ranks in your organization, gaining valuable experience at all levels, to reach this exciting goal with your company."
"Ultimately, I want to run a branch as a Sales Manager. I have an aggressive timeline for this and have developed a 7-year timeline, and to achieve these goals, I need to excel in every position I have here so that I can earn my way up the ladder."
"My goal is to remain an elementary school teacher until I retire! Being a teacher has been my dream for many years, and I am excited to begin my journey with this school."
"My goal is to work with a wedding planner at an event company, so I have been baking wedding cakes for friends. I'm looking forward to the challenge of preparing a wide variety of pastries and baked goods at this job. I love working in an environment where I am constantly learning new things!"
"I am very happy as a Reading Teacher. My long term goal would be to further my education as a teacher and obtain my masters' degree in education. I would love to be in a faculty leadership position in the future."
"Few years from now I want to be an expert in this field and I believe that this job will help me a lot in learning the necessary skills and also give me a lot of knowledge of this industry and whats important and whats not."
"In seven years from now, for instance, I would hope to have grown within the same company and moved to a position involving more managerial duties, e.g., such as working as a Team Leader, which would enable me to have a greater impact on the success of the company. I wish to commit to one employer and have a long-term career as opposed to a job."