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How to answer: where do you see yourself in 5 years

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How to answer: where do you see yourself in 5 years

Many people struggle with the question “where do you see yourself in 5 years” because on the surface it appears to be simple but there are a few traps.

You need to show ambition without going overboard. So with this in mind here are our 5 top tips on how to answer, where you see yourself in 5 years.

Show commitment.

It’s important to make sure you show that you plan or would like to stay with their company.

Show realistic plan for personal development.

You need to stress your long term career plans and how this company are a part of that.

Show how your values link to the company’s.

Try to understand their growth plans and how you and your potential role might fit into them.

Don’t say “in your job” to whoever is interviewing you.

It might seem “cute” at the time but it’s not going to go down well if they think you’re out to steal their job from the start!

Don’t lie.

Whilst you may not plan to stay with a company long term, it is not in your best interest to mention this in your interview. Try to be honest about where you would like to be professionally. If you’re not planning to stay with the company then you will need to think and prepare your answer for this before the interview so you can word it well.

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