What is your long-range career objective?
This question has been answered 7 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.
Onboarding new employees is a time consuming and costly endeavor, so the interviewer wants to make sure that this role will be a long-term fit for you. Be open to the interviewer about your dreams within this company, on a long-term basis. Share what promotions you hope to eventually receive and discuss what you wish to learn from being a part of their organization. The key to answering this question is to express to the interviewer that you plan to stay with the company for many years to come.
Admin answer example
"That is a great question! I see myself leading a small office team of like-minded and passionate individuals who enjoy the work we are accomplishing together. I also see myself working closely with a charity, on behalf of the organization, to give back to the community."
Basic answer example
"While visiting your company website I noticed that you have some leadership opportunities available in a variety of locations. I would love to work my way into a management or leadership role with your organization and would be willing to relocate to do so. I like what your organization stands for, and I hope to see a current fit, and future growth, here."
Manager answer example
"I currently manage a small production team; however, in the longer term, I would like to grow into a regional management position. I researched the career path in your organization and saw that you spend a great deal of time grooming your employees for quick promotion."
Marketing answer example
"I currently am hoping to move from content manager, which is more focused on creation and execution, without tons of involvement in the calendar planning or sales initiatives, into your role of marketing coordinator. In the short term, I want to work on planning sales strategies to support those marketing efforts. Long term, I'd like to leverage that knowledge into a Director of Marketing position."
Retail answer example
"I am in it for the long haul. I have been at my current employer for four years. I do not take this next move lightly, as I know I am leaving a safety net where I am known, respected, and appreciated. That said, I know I need to leap to advance my career and challenge myself. After an appropriate amount of time in this department manager position, I would foresee 2-3 years; I would look to move into a General Manager role with your organization."
Sales answer example
"My long-term goals would be a management position. Dreaming big would be a director or VP level of sales position, perhaps moving into a customer success director role at some juncture. Within the next three years, I would look to be leading a small team, but would jump at the opportunity to run a pod in the nearer future."
Teacher answer example
"If offered this role my long-term plan would be to remain here, as a teacher, but perhaps work as a learning leader as well. I am ready for the additional responsibility, and I understand that your school would help me to achieve that long-term goal."