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Wed Mar 23, 2016, 10:55 PM

Interview Questions

The last few interviews I have had they ask me nothing about my job skills or tell me much the job duties. They've asked what are more goals for the next five years? I'm not sure I answered well. Honestly I have no serious goals. I'm not trying to climb the corporate latter, just do a good job at what I do until I hit retirement.

What is the best way to answer the question?

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mackerel Mar 2016 OP
ArtD48 Jun 2016 #1
david.byrne59 Feb 2017 #7
groundloop Jul 2016 #2
timdiaz Jul 2016 #3
EllaJones Aug 2016 #5
groundloop Aug 2016 #6
here2help Jul 2016 #4
HeartachesNhangovers Mar 2017 #8

Response to mackerel (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2016, 02:24 PM

1. My 2 cents

"Honestly I have no serious goals. I'm not trying to climb the corporate latter, just do a good job at what I do until I hit retirement."

I'd say if you're in your 60s or maybe late 50s your answer might work and the interviewer might appreciate your openness. But if you're younger I not sure your answer would be wise.

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Response to ArtD48 (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 04:22 PM

7. + my 2 cents 4 cents

agreed... if you're young make something up... doesnt necessarily have to be a lie, just show the best version of you!

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Response to mackerel (Original post)

Fri Jul 1, 2016, 12:56 AM

2. For a question like that at least say what you think they want to hear


Ahead of time, while you're studying for the interview, try to imagine what job would be a step or two above the one you're applying for. THAT's where you should want to be in 5 years (or at least that's what you say in the interview).

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Response to mackerel (Original post)

Fri Jul 8, 2016, 04:37 AM

3. Giving piece of advice.

The answer must show your leadership potential, your ambitions.
For example, in next five years Iíll have made a significant impact to the companyís bottom line. You should be able to share what areas you can strengthening in the near term. Accent your interest in a long-term career in the company.
And DONíT SAY, that you want to head the company within the next 5 years.

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Response to timdiaz (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 11, 2016, 04:20 AM

5. Nice piece of advice.

 

You answered really well but why we should not sat that we want to rule the company within next 5 year .. does they take it as a threat.. just curious

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Response to EllaJones (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 15, 2016, 01:09 AM

6. Not a threat, just unrealistic.

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Response to mackerel (Original post)

Fri Jul 8, 2016, 06:11 PM

4. goals

Employers value forward thinking. Even if your goals aren't with that company, goals in general are important.

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Response to mackerel (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 03:17 PM

8. I would suggest taking your response and

editing a bit. Cut out all the stuff that raises questions and emphasize and build on the stuff that sounds good.

Cut: No serious goals, Not trying to climb ladder, Hit retirement

Emphasize: Do a good job.

So talk about how you like to go to work and be challenged and solve problems, rather than just doing the same thing the same way every day. Talk about the satisfaction of learning the system or job and possibly - down the road - being able to improve how things are done - making a contribution. Give examples of previous jobs where things have worked out well (limit or leave out examples where you've been bored, etc). This makes you sound like a basically positive employee without making any claims that you don't really believe. Who knows, maybe you'll like a job enough that you WILL want to get ahead.

Good luck!

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