MockQuestions

Tough Interview Questions

30 Questions and Answers by

Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

Tough was updated on December 5th, 2020. Learn more here.

Question 1 of 30

What is your long-range career objective?

Next Question  

Tough Interview Questions & Answers

  1. 1.

    What is your long-range career objective?

      How to Answer

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "Currently I support a couple of management-level executives; however, as you can see from my application to your position, I wish to gain a position that includes supporting executives in the C-suite. I want to earn my way to the top of your executive chain by proving my dedication to the people whom I support."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "My long-range objective is to be a director within your organization. I am constantly looking to improve myself professionally and personally and would welcome the opportunity to do that within your organization."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I am looking for a position with which I can grow, specifically into a Director of Marketing position. I know it's a few years off, of course, but that's where I am looking to end up within the next 5 or so years."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I am a long-haul type of employee, as you can see from my decade-plus employment with my current organization. That said, I am looking to make a longterm career change. One in which I can grow into an executive management role, with my eyes set on GM of the store in the next four years or so. Of course, I know there are plenty of milestones to reach on the way to that end and intend to achieve floor manager in the next 1-2 years."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "My long-term goal is to move into an executive leadership role: ideally a VP of Sales or Customer Success. That said, I know there is a long way to go to getting there, so my next goal is a management role. I love that you promote heavily from within and I look forward to the opportunity to rise through the ranks of the organization into an executive role."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "My long-range career objective is to extend my post-secondary education to include a Masters' degree and eventually work my way into a Vice-Principal position. If my passion as an educator could influence other teachers, that would be my biggest dream."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Animal Control Workers Interview

      "I am looking for a long-term fit within animal control. As you can see, I have an Undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences. My plan is to continue a career in Animal Control and eventually work my way into a leadership opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Power Plant Operator Interview

      "My long term career goal is to manage a larger plant and be responsible for a larger crew. In my current position, I manage a team of 15. One of the reasons why I am so interested in working for your company is because it would allow me to grown in my career and achieve those long term goals."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Proofreaders and Copy Markers Interview

      "In 7 to 10 years from now, 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."

      Darby's Answer for an Activities aide Interview

      "I'm trusted with confidential information every day. I make a point to leave my work at work and not discuss patients outside of the facili. By not discussing confidential information about the patients I'm ensuring that I'm not breaking any rules and giving information to those that are not on a need to know basis."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Health Educator Interview

      "In the near future, I am focused on coming up to speed quickly in my new role. My longer-range goal is to become a subject matter expert in this particular field. After working for years in a more general role with a large hospital system, I became most passionate about diabetes prevention. Your organization would allow me the opportunity to focus on my passion where I would become the person that others seek out for the answers to their most difficult problems."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Transportation Manager Interview

      "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 a treasury expert. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Biomedical Technician Interview

      "My long-term goal is to upgrade my associate's degree to an engineering degree, with my focus remaining in biomedical. I would be thrilled to be able to, one day, train your new biomedical technicians. I feel that I need to upgrade my education to make that goal happen."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Surveillance Operator Interview

      "In ten year's time, I'd like to be the director of loss prevention. That means that I need to know how to do a good job at each of the positions that will be reporting to me. I'm choosing to commit myself to surveillance operator at this time because I believe that surveillance plays an important part in loss prevention. After all, I can see much more than the officers can on the floor."

      Darby's Answer for a Neurologist Interview

      "I realize that salaries are often determined by the amount of experience of an applicant. I appreciate the fact that employers recognize experience as a factor in determining pay and I am here to learn and to apply my skills and training to the best of my ability."

      Cassandra's Answer for a Youth Program Director Interview

      "I believe my past coworkers would describe as caring and reliable. I always came to work a little bit early to make sure everything was set up and would help cover shifts when needed. I believe they would call me caring because I would always check on my coworkers when things weren't going well to see what I could do to help."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Psychiatric Technicians Interview

      "

      Rachelle's Answer for a Treasury Assistant Interview

      "In 7 to 10 years from now, I would like to have grown within the same company I started off with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as a treasury expert. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."

      Elisabeth's Answer for a Massage Therapist Interview

      "My long-term goals as a massage therapist are to complete a course in oncology massage and work with pediatric cancer patients. I am signed up to take a course in two months, and then I will be able to work at the children's hospital helping our youngest cancer patients."

      Heather's Answer for a Critical Care Nurse Interview

      "I am a very committed and dedicated to my job and helping those I am responsible for giving care to. I feel I will bring a great sense of passion for critical care to this job and look forward to being a part of such a great team of critical care nurses."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Real Estate Receptionist Interview

      "In seven to ten 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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Senior Accountant Interview

      "My long term career goal is to complete my masters' degree in finance. I plan to attend evening and weekend courses. This will allow me to take on even more senior accounting tasks while still remaining employed on a full time basis."

      Audra's Answer for an Instructional Coordinator Interview

      "I've always wanted to be in education. I was a teacher for five years, so I really know the field quite well. I'm looking for ways to grow professionally. I'd like to be an instructional coordinator for 3-5 years, so I can develop good relationships with school staff and prove myself. From there, I plan on seeing what opportunities exist at a higher level in school leadership. Eventually, I may even consider opening a charter school."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sound Engineering Technicians Interview

      "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 a company expert. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."

      Christina's Answer for a Photojournalist Interview

      "I hope this job will train me to learn more about telling great stories through still photography. While I am experienced in storytelling, I hope to gain more insight into telling a story more visually, rather that just with words, so that someday I can work as a professional photographer."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Veterinary Assistant Interview

      "I'm interested in becoming a vet tech at a zoo. Learning from you and your staff will help me to acquire the skills and experience I need to move forward in my career."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Territory Sales Manager Interview

      "In 7 to 10 years from now, fr 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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Civil Engineering Technician Interview

      "In 7 to 10 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 in my field. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Special Education Preschool Teacher Interview

      "In seven to ten years from now, I would like to have grown within the same school I started off with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as an expert in my field. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately becoming a Principal."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Purchasing Manager Interview

      "I plan to be a purchasing manager 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. I believe that this job will give me the right platform and experience that I have been looking for and also help me in achieving my career goal."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Legal Assistants Interview

      "10 years from now, I would like to have purchased my own home. Also, I would like to have enough money saved to take a really great trip to Thailand. Another goal is to further my education and turn my diploma into a degree. Those would, of course, be evening or weekend courses."

      Christina's Answer for a Voice Writing Reporter Interview

      "My ultimate career goal is to become a voice writing reporter at the White House. In this job, I believe I will gain the trust to pursue larger clients, but for now I am excited to get better and faster at typing and producing work."

      Heather's Answer for a Pharmacist Interview

      "My long-term goal is to lead an industry research and development group and its clinical research program."

      Sue's Answer for an Editor Interview

      "My top priority is to develop my knowledge and expertise and become a managing editor. I also plan to continue to build out my digital and technical capabilities to keep up with the industry standards. As I continue on my career path, I feel it will always be important for me to deliver meaningful content and present it in a way that will gain attention and make an impact."

      Heather's Answer for a Patient Services Coordinator Interview

      "Over the next few years I would really like to see myself grow with one organization. Starting as a Patient Services Coordinator, I would like to grow into a manager and one day a Director."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Warehouse Clerk Interview

      "When I cannot locate an item it is usually because the item was put away in the wrong place, or it is out of stock, but the inventory level in our warehouse management system is off. If I cannot find an item right away, I will ask one of our pickers to help me find it. If the customer is waiting, I will explain the situation and give them the option of waiting or receiving a courtesy call when we locate the item. It's important not to appear scattered or flustered in these situations. Although frustrating, this type of situation does happen at times."

      Heather's Answer for an Epidemiologist Interview

      "My long-term goals are to continue to positively impact our region’s health status through collaborative programs with communities, hospitals, and medical practices."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Telephone Operators Interview

      "In 7 to 10 years from now, 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 in my field. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."

      Holly's Answer for an Industrial Engineer Interview

      "I am a junior manufacturing engineer, who is responsible for process control for the pick and place machine. My work with the quality control department using control charts and root cause analysis determined that 99.6 of the nonconformances were attributable to poor vacuum in the nozzles. After changing over to higher quality nozzles, the issue became non-existent. I went to Georgia Tech in Atlanta and got my Bachelors in Industrial Engineering in 2019. I interned for Raytheon during school and eventually took a permanent position at Lockheed Martin in Texas. They recently downsized my department, which brings me to your firm today. I was attracted to the position of the Industrial Engineer at your company after I read that they are responsible for the technical support provided to Assembly and Production. Here are the times when I have achieved the manufacturing of products at the optimal possible price, quality, and time."

      5 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I have researched Qatar Airways and noticed leadership opportunities. I would love to advance my career within the company to obtain a leadership role and would be willing to relocate to do so."

      Lauren's Answer

      Fantastic response. You’ve done your research and are willing to be flexible to fit into their parameters.

      Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (1)
      Anonymous Answer

      "My long-range career objective is to get to know the company better, and I hope to be given challenges and opportunities that will allow me to enhance my skills and management experience. Hopefully, soon, gaining enough exploration with my skills and experience, I will be promoted to a management position."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It seems you have a clear path set out for yourself. If there are specific challenges and opportunities that you would like to see (i.e., leading bigger teams, writing new HR policies, taking workshops), that would be an excellent addition to your response.

      Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)