Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Jul 1, 2021 Blog Post

This is a tricky interview question to answer!  The reason it feels so difficult is because you do not want to come across to too keen for advancement or not motivated to achieve. In attention to this you don’t have a crystal ball and may, or may not, have considered this depending on your situation and level of ambition.

So, how should you answer?

Our 3 tips to consider when answering this question.

Tip 1

Make sure that you highlight that you strongly believe you will still be with the business in 5 years’ time. Remember that the business must train you up in the role and may have already gone through a lengthy recruitment process. The last thing they want is for someone to leave the business within 12 months of starting.

Tip 2

You could tell them you plan to be fully competent in the role and a highly respected and trusted member of their team.

Tip 3

You could say that in 5 years’ time you hope that you will be able to help train and mentor new starters, as and when they join.  This shows you still plan to be with the company and are willing to share your expertise to help others develop and improve.

Here are our example answers:

In 5 years’ time I plan to be working with you either in the same role or having gained advancement to a higher-level position as a high performing and productive member of the team.

I plan to be a well-respected member of the team and someone that is seen as trustworthy, reliable, and capable of doing a great job on time and to a high standard.

I would also be willing to help train up new members of the team when they join by sharing my knowledge, experience and expertise – if you would like me to do so.

We hope that this advice helps you with this tricky interview question! If you need more advice just reach out to us we’re happy to advise you further.

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