Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Updated: Oct 18, 2019

When you are interviewing for a new job, you may be asked a question like, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” When an interviewer asks this question for you, they want to know one thing -- whether your goals align well with the potential career path of the role for which you're applying.

Even if you don’t know where you see yourself in five years, there’s a right way to answer this question during an interview. With the following tips, we will help you develop a winning answer to this common job interview question.

Explain how your goals align with the company’s

You should’ve already done your research on the company, so you can easily pick out some points from the company’s mission statement that resonate with you and your goals, and mention how you hope to expand on those in the coming years.

Explain how your goals fit with the job description

Remember to carefully review the job posting. Consider which of the required skills and traits you already have and would like to gain more experience in. Talk about how you think to advance your knowledge and expertise in these areas over the next five years.

Show the right amount of ambition

Employers want to know their employees have some desire to grow in their careers. You can include an interest in management training or a desire to work your way into a specific position you have your eye on.

Show an interest in learning

You can always express a desire to learn and grow more in a certain area. Maybe there’s an area of the business you don’t understand and would like to learn more about. Or, maybe there’s a new language you’d like to learn or a class you’d like to take. Show them you’re interested in knowing more than you do right now.


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