Answering the Job Interview Question: "Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?"

TRAP: The recruiter wants to know about your career goals and how committed you are to the company. He/she is looking for hints that will let him/her know whether you are in it over the long haul or just looking for a stopover until something better comes along.

TRICK: The truth is that anything can happen, but the organization is going to invest money, energy, and time into your hiring and training. Five years is a long time, and employees usually change companies more often than that. However, you should at least demonstrate an honest intention to stay long enough to be a good investment.

Speak like a person with a long-term vision. Remember your career goal, and figure out how this company or position can help you reach your goal.


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