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What is your long-range career objective?

This question has been answered 36 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
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.

Allergist answer example
"It's important to think about how the position you are interviewing for will fit into your long term goals even as you apply for jobs. Employers also want to know if you are going to stick around to provide continuity to your patients. Ensure that you are worth the investment and that you'll bring great things to the company."
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."
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."
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."
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."
Critical Care Nurse answer example
"I do see this as a long term position. I look forward to growing with the company and being in a leadership position down the road."
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."
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 my field. I want to become the person others seek out for the answers to their most difficult problems."
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."
Legal Assistants answer example
" you wouldn't want to say that in 10 years your goal is to be retired on a beach in Jamaica. You could answer something like this: "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."
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."
Massage Therapist answer example
"It's common for long time massage therapists to start their own clinic. If this is also your plan, it might be best to avoid mentioning it as it may seem that you won't be staying long at the company. Instead, you can communicate your enthusiasm to learn more techniques and types of massage since you're interested in specializing in one or two types. "
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."
Pharmacist answer example
"My long-term goal is to lead an industry research and development group and its clinical research program."
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."
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."
Psychiatric Technicians answer example
"My long-term goal is to focus on understanding the industry as a whole so that I can advance to a management level position. My ultimate goal is to work closely with the company’s clientele and over-see major projects. "
Purchasing Manager answer example
" You will need to modify based on your own interests "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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
Typist 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."
Veterinary Assistant answer example
"What motivated you to become a veterinary assistant? Are you interested in the field but want to get your feet wet first? Think about how this job fits into your long term goals. Here's an example of how you can respond: "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." You can keep it simple. No need to discuss all of your future goals. Just share your main career focus. Do some research on the company to see how their values, mission or even types of clients will help you to attain your goals. This will also help you to assess if they are the right company for you."
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."
Warehouse Clerk 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."

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What is your long-range career objective?
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To shine in my career with higher level of posting, and to do some what innovative things in my field.
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To get the hell out of here!
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To get the hell out of here!
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To be the ceo of this place.
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Grow professionally and contribute to the community.
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To gain experience and to excel in any position that I am in.
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To be happy and healthy wherever I am.
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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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My long range objective is to one day start a nonprofit organization helping people in the community that related to the HeathyPeople 2020 Objectives for the Social Determinants of Health, such as occupation, education, job search, access to health care, and provide resources for food, shelter, and financial help.
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To be as suscssfull in my work as I am in my personal life.
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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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To fullfill all the needs of my family members.
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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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To work for as long as I can.
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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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Eventually I would like to be in charge of a team of technicians.
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A happy, healthy, & productive life...
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To further my education in the medical field.
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To be able to performe to the best of my ability.
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To be happy and to learn and to gain knowledge through expireneces.
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To be a CEO of a company and excel mysely in all the fields.
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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 gain work experience and accomplish projects beneficial to the company.
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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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To become successful in my job.
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To develop a comprehensive understanding of occupational therapy within community mental health in Kelowna, and a program which will demonstrate positive results related to psychosocial rehabilitation.
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My long range objective is to retire from this hospital.
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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 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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I would like to build a career and become an effective team member. Being able to showcase my skills and abilities and excel in my position.
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Be the best, knowledgable instructor I can be.
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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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I would love to go way up in this business and possibly become a manager one day.
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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 be a senior QA and retire from a company.
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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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For as long as lifetime events allows me too.
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This is my home, so there isn't any plans tomove.
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Permanently a si have been looking forward for this position.
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Since I have always been interested in medical devices this would be satisfying field.
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Till I retire, this is very important to me because I know sustaining medical equipment is a critical field.
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I would like to be in this area throughout my career because this is what I studied.
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This is my passion more than a career and hence I intent to be in this area only.
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As long as they need my service.
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For as long as it take to achieve my goals.
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For a long period, 10 years maybe or longer.
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Since I came into this field with interest ! Until there is a end.
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As long as I can. I grew up here.
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How much my company is required.
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In the next five years or more.
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As long as they needed my services.
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I want to stay here for the rest of my life. My family is here and thats who I want to be around for the rest of my life.
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Till I feel this is my best invention and my best work.
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I plan to settle down for a long time hopefully my entire life.
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Make a plan AFTER finishing middle school.
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I'm plan on working here for a long time, it's something I really wanna do and hope to move up in.
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I would like to work for this clinic until I finish my career and I can work as a veterinarian.
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I am looking for a long term employment of about a year to grow professionally for vet school prep.
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For as long as you'll have me.
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I wish to work for this clinic for a significantly long amount of time. It is a high level position, and full time, which is perfectly suitable to my goals and needs.
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As long as possible. I hope to work for a clinic for quite some time or how ever long youll have me.
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I would love to work for this clinic as long as I can. I would love to work my way up to a Veterinary Technician.
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I would like to work here long term. I am looking forward to getting back into the vet assistant/tech assistant role in a clinic.
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I am hoping to work with this clinic for as long as you will have me, and as long as I am still learning. Continual, ongoing learning is very important to me.
66.
I would love to hold a permanent position in this clinic. I plan on staying put in Colorado and would love to keep a job where I can build relationships with my coworkers.
67.
For as long as I can, I am looking for as much experience as I can get in the veterinary field and this would be the perfect place to do that.
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I'm plan on working here for a long time, it's something I really wanna do and hope to move up in.
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I plan to be with the clinic for a minimum of one year.
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As we are moving across the country I hope for a long time as I hate moving.
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The location and the size is perfect for me. Having an opportunity to work here would never cease to be appreciated.
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I'm plan on working here for a long time, it's something I really wanna do and hope to move up in.
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How ever long you require me to.
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For as long as I could.
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I intend to work towards a career as an animal nursing assistant with the possibilty of further RVN training.
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I would love to see myself working for this clinic long term provided that everyone thinks that I'm a good asset to the team as well as maintaining a positive professionalism that works well with the clinics values.
77.
Longer than one year. I want to get my degree as a vet tech and continue my career path. I feel as if your practice can open doors for my future.
78.
As long as I'm needed. And I'm looking for a long time career. So definetly long term.
79.
At least 3 years but I hope it is more!
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As long as I can, I suppose. I'm hoping to go back to school for veterinary practice, so if I can work out school and work, that would be a plus.
81.
As I am fairly new to the vet assistant field I would like to work for the clinic for as long as I am able.
82.
Considering that it is, in my opinion, a dream job, and a bonus for it to be close to home, I see myself working here for many years.
83.
As long as I possibly can!
84.
As long as I can. This is something I have always wanted to do. I would love to be a permanent member of your team.
85.
I do thinking the VA, Well I will try work.
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I would like to stay throughout my schooling and longer if the clinic proves to be a long term good fit and I can advance to a vet technician.
87.
I hope to be working here for a very long time I am hoping I can retire from here.
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As you can see from my previous places of employment, I invest years into the place I work.
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I am looking for long term permanent.
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As long as I am needed.
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I plan to make this a long term commitment.
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As long as you would like for me to assist at your clinic.
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As long as I am needed.
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I hope to grow in my career and being a part of this team is step one.
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As long as I am in good health and I remain passionate about the work I do.
96.
I have a 2 year work permit and then I can apply for permanent residency. So I do plan on staying here for a long time god forbid I get the approval!
97.
I would like to work for this clinic for at least a year, if not longer. I plan on enrolling back in school full-time in the fall of 2014, which would be taking up most of my attention, however, I would still like to keep working here while I am still in school.
98.
I hope to build a future and career with the clinic.
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Ive worked at my previous job for about 7 years so I do like to work at the same place for a long time. I would love to be here for the long run.
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I plan on starting my career here and using this as a stepping stone to move up.
101.
I am applying for a full time position and my goal is to make this part of my career path. If the company has room to grow I would love to stay with the company for many years to come.

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