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What is your long-range career objective?

1 of 30 Tough Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on December 23rd, 2018 | 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

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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."

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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."

Sales
Answer example

"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."

Teacher
Answer example

"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."

Animal Control Workers
Answer example

"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."

Power Plant Operator
Answer example

"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."

Proofreaders and Copy Markers
Answer example

"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."

Activities aide
Answer example

"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."

Health Educator
Answer example

"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."

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

Biomedical Technician
Answer example

"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."

Surveillance Operator
Answer example

"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."

Neurologist
Answer example

"I realize that salaries are often determined by the amount of experience an applicant has. I appreciate the fact that employers recognize experience as a factor in determining pay and am willing to show that I am worthy."

Psychiatric Technicians
Answer example

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Treasury Assistant
Answer example

"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."

Critical Care Nurse
Answer example

"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."

Real Estate Receptionist
Answer example

"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."

Senior Accountant
Answer example

"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."

Instructional Coordinator
Answer example

"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 that I can develop good relationships with school leadership and prove myself. From there, I plan on seeing what opportunities there are higher up in leadership so that there are opportunities for decision-making. Eventually, I might even consider opening a charter school."

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

Photojournalist
Answer example

"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."

Veterinary Assistant
Answer example

"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."

Territory Sales Manager
Answer example

"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."

Civil Engineering Technician
Answer example

"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."

Special Education Preschool Teacher
Answer example

"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."

Purchasing Manager
Answer example

"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."

Legal Assistants
Answer example

"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."

Voice Writing Reporter
Answer example

"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."

Pharmacist
Answer example

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

Patient Services Coordinator
Answer example

"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."

Warehouse Clerk
Answer example

"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."

Epidemiologist
Answer example

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

Telephone Operators
Answer example

"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."

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: 06/29/2018
Last modified on: 12/23/2018

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Grow professionally and contribute to the community.
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Be the best, knowledgable instructor I can be.
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To work for as long as I can.
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Eventually I would like to be in charge of a team of technicians.
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To pursue a career that not only is rewarding but is a great company to work for.
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I could see myself being a Medical Science Liason one day far in the future, or a senior leader in a clinical setting, managing genetic counselors and using my business skills to improve the system and patient care.
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My long range objective is to graduate from college and have my own house.
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My long-range objective is to learn a new job and work to increase my competence while making money I can spend having fun.
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To be able to performe to the best of my ability.
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To be able to gain work experience and accomplish projects beneficial to the company.
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To fullfill all the needs of my family members.
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To be happy and to learn and to gain knowledge through expireneces.
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My long range objective is to gain the experience necessary to complete the IDP and obtain liscensure. I plan on gaining experience in retail and commercial architecture as well as experience in residential architecture in the future.
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My long-range objective is become an important member of a chemical company and acquire a greater role in different projects for product development.
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To become successful in my job.
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My long range objective is to progress through the ranks of the organisation through enhancing my skills and constantly learning more about the industry applying past and gained experience to achieving set goals.
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To further my education in the medical field.
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My long range objective is to retire from this hospital.
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To be the ceo of this place.
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To be a CEO of a company and excel mysely in all the fields.
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To work in a environment which perfectly suits me and I can stay their for a long time until I have good growth.
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Being a person with integrity and moral principles.
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I see my self 5 years from now as a professional tutor here in your company.
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To gain experience and to excel in any position that I am in.
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I would like to be the best economist this great organization has ever had and contribute positively to the growth and development of my country.
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To become a supervisor in the insurance industry, the way I planning on doing is taking management classes, and learn about the way this company prepares there supervisors.
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To be happy and healthy wherever I am.
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I would love to go way up in this business and possibly become a manager one day.
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To be as suscssfull in my work as I am in my personal life.
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