In a job interview, you will most probably be asked not only about your work history but about your future plans as well. This is how hiring managers determine if you are a potential long-term hire. It is also their way of knowing what you value and what you want to achieve in your career.
Today, I will talk about handling interview questions about your long-term plans. Many interviewees feel uncertain when it comes to answering those questions. This is usually because they don’t know how to organize their thoughts or maybe they don’t know what they really want to do in the future.
Relevance is important
Just like with all other interview questions, your answer here should be relevant. The goal of your answer is to help convince the hiring manager to pick you for the job. Even before the interview, think about what you want to do in the next five years. Think about the things you want to achieve in your career. And then, see where this job opportunity fits. Figure out why it is important and how it can help you achieve your goals. Remember that your answer should focus mainly on your career. So, if your long-term goal is to travel the world, then talking about that may not be the best idea. However, you can still mention your personal goals if you can tie it with your career plans. For more tips, visit TCM and learn useful advice like how to answer job interview question what is your greatest weakness and becoming a top candidate.
Watch the humor
There are some job applicants that try to inject to humor into their answers. They respond with statements like “In the next five years, my goal is to replace you as the manager.” It may seem like a rather humorous statement at first, but most hiring managers do not appreciate this. This can give them the impression that you are arrogant or you are not taking the interview question seriously. Save the humor for a more appropriate situation. If you try to seem funny or clever, then you might risk creating a negative impression and decreasing your chances of getting a job offer.
Honesty is important
Convincing the hiring managers are you are a potential long-term hire might be a tough task, but don’t be mistaken. You don’t need to oversell or over qualify yourself. It is not necessary to make your plans sound elaborate just so you’ll look suitable for the job. You can mention the company’s name but don’t overdo it. You don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard to get their attention. Honesty is always important. However, it does not mean that you should mention every single thing that you plan to do or achieve in the next five years. Like what was mention earlier, choose only the relevant information.
There are just a few things to remember when it comes to talking about your long-term plans during a job interview. If you want to read more tips from me, please check my previous article about employment strategies.