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What are your career goals?

1 of 21 No Experience Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on February 4th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
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"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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."

Sales
Answer example

"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."

Teacher
Answer example

"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."

Pastry Chef
Answer example

"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!"

Reading Teacher
Answer example

"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."

Slot Attendant
Answer example

"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."

Ramp Agent
Answer example

"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."

Wildlife Biologist
Answer example

"In seven to ten years from now, for instance, I would like to have grown within the same company I started off with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as an expert. For instance, I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."

Landscaping
Answer example

"I plan to move into landscape management and start my own business. I am working for an independent landscape architect right now and they have been teaching me everything they know about landscape design, installation, and irrigation."

Mental Health Counselor
Answer example

"My goal in the next 5 years is to get a second Masters Degree in Drug and Alcohol abuse counseling and in 10 years to own my own practice."

Psychiatrist
Answer example

"My short-term goal is to find a position that will put me in a forward-moving organization with solid performance and future projections. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. With my skill in leading people and being a motivator, I have the desire to someday be in a leadership position where I could lead a team of Psychiatrists."

Wildlife Officer
Answer example

"In seven to ten years from now, for instance, I would like to have grown within the same company I started off with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as an expert. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."

Video Producer
Answer example

"In seven years from now, for instance, I 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 will 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."

Microbiologist
Answer example

"I'd like to continue my education in veterinary studies."

Psychologist
Answer example

"My short-term goal is to find a position that will put me in a forward-moving company with solid performance and future projections. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. My plan is to move into a position of responsibility where I can lead a team."

Ticket Agent
Answer example

"I wish to grow within a company by committing to my employer and developing my skillset. Ultimately, I would love to work as a team leader or department manager of a department I started off in."

Voice Over Artist
Answer example

"In the future, I hope to continue to be a voice over artist for many popular commercials and eventually progress into National Geographic documentaries. However, before I can get to that point, I want to develop my serious tone in my voicing."

Purchasing Manager
Answer example

"I plan to be a PM for the next three to five years and then move to either a more specialized commodity role or a higher leadership role in the purchasing area. Ultimately, which role and when will be determined on where I can add the most value to the organization."

Usher
Answer example

"I wish to grow within a company by committing to my employer and developing my skillset. Ultimately, I would love to work as a team leader or manager in a theatre."

Substance Abuse Counselor
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Host or Hostess
Answer example

"I plan to work for your restaurant while I finish my degree, which I plan to complete two years from now."

Quality Control Manager
Answer example

"Over time, I would like to grow my experience to include being the quality control manager for multiple sites. I am hoping to expand my education to also include a Project Management certificate so that I can offer more to my employer."

Film and Video Editor
Answer example

"Far off in the future, I aspire to be a movie editor in Hollywood. However, in order to get to that level of skill and knowledge, I believe I am a great fit for your production team. I am detail oriented and I can even further develop this skill with you over time. I hope to produce great films with your company so that someday I will be as great as big-time movie editors."

Newspaper Delivery Driver
Answer example

"In the future, I hope to take a role in business, but I hope this job will be a starting role where I can learn responsibility. Before I can dive into a career in business, I want to learn how to take a role that is important to customers so I can prove my determination and trustworthiness."

Activities aide
Answer example

"Yes, I do feel like I am capable of being a good team player. I enjoy working with others and want to always do my part to make the teamwork work."

Quality Control Inspector
Answer example

"My short-term career goal is to complete additional training in project management. I'd also love to obtain my PMP in the future. As a QC Inspector, I would like to see my leadership responsibilities increase as well."

Landscape Architect
Answer example

"I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills related to architecture. In a few years, I would love to have moved up the ladder, having acquired managerial skills and managing a team of landscapers. I also saw on your website that you (X initiative/program that sparked your interest). This is a program/initiative I would also love to get involved in as I am extremely passionate about this program/initiative."

Bailiff
Answer example

"I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills as a Bailiff. In a few years, I would love to have moved up the ladder, having acquired managerial skills and managing a team of professionals. I also saw on your website that you (X initiative/program that sparked your interest). This is a program/initiative I would also love to get involved in as I am extremely passionate about this program/initiative and believe these will complement my qualifications."

Surveillance Operator
Answer example

"For the next year or so, I'm looking to build a solid reputation as a surveillance operator. I enjoy the work because it requires observation, and that's something that I do very well. I naturally notice the little details."

Real Estate Receptionist
Answer example

"I see myself working for the same employer, being established and having grown with the organization and contribute to the bottom line. I hope to keep learning and being given the opportunity to prove myself as a valuable team member."

Social Studies Teacher
Answer example

"My goal is to teach college-level Sociology in the next eight years, so I am taking online courses to complete my masters. I'm looking forward to the challenge of teaching at a higher level. Teaching high school social studies at your school will give me the experience I need to get closer to accomplishing my goal."

Detective
Answer example

"My career goals as a Detective include being the top of my unit and advancing through the ranks quickly. I plan to be an example to those around me on strong communication, leadership, documentation and integrity. I would, of course, like to become Captain one day and understand the work required to get there."

Stock Broker
Answer example

"In the next 2 years I aim to have my MBA completed so that I can move up in my career, handling more valuable clients and more in depth financial cases."

Law Enforcement
Answer example

"Ideally, 3 years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within this particular district. I enjoy this city and the personalities in this precinct so I do see a great long term fit here."

Sales Engineers
Answer example

"As a Sales Engineer I would eventually like to earn my way into a Management role where I can mentor and train other Sales Engineers. Being able to attend school again and complete an additional designation within engineering or technology is also something that would be of interest to me."

Newspaper Editor
Answer example

"One thing I'd like to accomplish is to increase reader engagement with a print publication. Everyone is saying that print is dead, that everything is online now. But I don't think it's that simple. I think that there's a time and place for everything, and it's our job as editors to find out where a newspaper fits into our readers' lives. I've always liked a challenge because it's more rewarding to achieve something challenging. To survive, we have to find a way to stay relevant to our readers. And then we have to get them to keep coming back, if we want to thrive."

Phlebotomist
Answer example

"I would describe my personality as approachable, light-hearted, and positive. I like to give more than I take and pride myself on being part of a team."

CAD Drafter
Answer example

"In the short term, I would like to receive a promotion to Senior Drafter. I have also set a goal to take an advanced level GIS course."

MRI Technologist
Answer example

"My immediate goal is to find a full-time position with a top-ranked hospital here in Atlanta. I've heard that your hospital has a great training program and I'm excited to complete that training."

Corporate Copywriter
Answer example

"I feel that this job is a good choice for me right now because I have been writing for a number of years but have not yet found a career I am passionate about. I love the core values of your company and I would like to be a spokesperson for your company through writing and I feel that this will help me grow as a writer and in my other passions as well."

Home Health Aide
Answer example

"My short-term career goal is to gain further experience working with adults with mental and physical disabilities. I understand that this is the bulk of your organizations' focus which is a large part of why I applied with you. I feel that there is a strong match between what I am seeking and what you are offering."

Sound Engineering Technicians
Answer example

"I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills related to sound engineering. I hope to become an expert in my field."

Model
Answer example

"I see myself working the catwalk beside the best of the best! I have hired a walking coach and am practicing my go-see interview skills."

Dispatcher
Answer example

"My primary goal in my career as a dispatcher is to eventually work my way into a dispatch team lead position. I feel that what your organization offers is a strong path towards that leadership goal and I am excited about what this position has to offer."

Animator
Answer example

"I enjoy creating animations and want to grow from a freelance animator to a full-time staff animator. I believe your organization would be the perfect fit for me during this transition from freelance since you have supported many other professionals through similar transitions."

Millwright
Answer example

"My long term career goals as a Millwright would include becoming a supervisor or manager of my own team one day. I would also like to become a mentor or trainer to millwright apprentices."

Kindergarten Teacher
Answer example

"Molding young minds through effective and engaging lesson plans that prepare students for success in the rest of their K-5 journey."

Sous Chef
Answer example

"My career goals include becoming an executive chef and leading a large team one day. I am more than happy to put in the work that it takes."

Budget Analyst
Answer example

"My long-term career goal is to be one of the best budget analysts you have ever hired! I want to add value to this role that you didn't see possible and help in growing this organization. For now, I just want to focus on learning, immersing myself in your workplace culture, and gaining as many unique experiences as possible."

Territory Sales Manager
Answer example

"I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills related to sales and business development. I hope to become an expert in my field."

Typist
Answer example

"In 2 to 3 years from now, I would like to have grown within the company and having established myself as an expert. I hope to eventually move up the ladder and become a Manager or Team Lead within the department. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."

Interior Designer
Answer example

"I hope to achieve my Master's Degree within the next 10 years."

Clinical Laboratory Technician
Answer example

"Aggregation is a term used to describe the clumping together of platelets which is essential for proper clotting when a person experiences some kind of cut or other wound that causes bleeding. A light blue top tube is used."

Accounting Clerk
Answer example

"I'm hoping to grow into a more managerial position in the future and to help this company grow so that it will need multiple new roles that present growth opportunities not only for me but others as well."

Special Education Preschool Teacher
Answer example

"I see myself working for the same school, being established and having grown with the school and contribute to the bottom line. I hope to keep learning and being given the opportunity to prove myself as a valuable team member."

Legal Assistants
Answer example

"My long term career goal would be to further my education as a paralegal and then eventually become a lawyer myself. My short term goal is to create a very strong reputation for myself in the industry as a trustworthy and knowledgable legal assistant."

Superintendent
Answer example

"I really enjoy setting goals for myself and my biggest goal was to become a school superintendent. If I am successful and achieve this goal, I plan to enjoy this role for many years to come. My first goal as a superintendent is to bring this school district to the top spot in all areas of education."

Shift Leader
Answer example

"Right now, I'm focused on building and solidifying my leadership skills in a customer service setting. I was inspired by this time when [leadership example]. That's when I saw myself as a leader. I really have a passion for customer service and I really care about both the customers and the employees. And in that moment, I realized that as a leader I can make more positive impacts on people than as an individual contributor."

Civil Engineering Technician
Answer example

"In 2 to 3 years from now, for instance, I would like to have grown within the company and having established myself as an expert. I hope to eventually move up the ladder and become a Manager or Team Lead. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."

Voice Writing Reporter
Answer example

"This year, I hope to become a faster writer. I consider myself a very speedy transcriptionist, but I hope to become even faster and more accurate so I can be the best writer possible."

Senior Accountant
Answer example

"My short term career goal is to complete my CPA. I have just one course remaining. This will allow me to take on even more senior accounting tasks in the near future."

Mortgage Loan Processor
Answer example

"My career goals are to end up in a managerial role within mortgage processing. For example, working my way up in one of your departments and eventually taking on a leadership role."

Pharmaceutical Sales
Answer example

"My immediate goal is to get a job in a growth-oriented pharmaceutical company. My long-term goals will depend on where the company goes. I hope to eventually grow into a position of responsibility."

Air Traffic Controllers
Answer example

"I would love to see my career as an air traffic controller grow into a leadership role over time. I am willing to do the work that it takes, attend additional coursework and take any required training to be a leader in this industry."

Underwriter
Answer example

"This year I want to learn and grow as much as I can in this profession. I want to gain more and more knowledge about this profession working for a good company like yours."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
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: 02/04/2019

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