Where do you see yourself in five years from now?

Where do you see yourself in five years from now?

The purpose of this question is to see if the candidate is ambitious enough to grow. Recruiting a candidate is a time consuming and costly affair so they also want to see if the candidate is over ambitious to stay in the company for long.

You can say something like “5 years down the line I would like to see myself in a responsible position where I can make important decisions for company and the company treats me as its asset. I am sure that this company can offer me such growth opportunities.
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  • RE: Where do you see yourself in five years from now? -Farhana Afreen (07/06/15)
  • A very expected question but it can backfire if you aren't sure of what you really want to achieve in the coming years or haven't done the least to comprehend an answer for this. For those that have a set goal, this is a very easy question but when you are unsure, you would most likely seek the easy way out by talking about a senior level position that you aim for. Do your research well and know what the present role in the company can offer you in future. This is always better than silly answers like "in your position" because he is obviously not interested in hiring someone who wants to snatch off his job. A very apt answer to this question would come only after you are well aware of the growth prospects in your field and this is the very reason why interviewer asks this question. He intends to find out if you will be a long time player in the company or is looking for a few years of experience.

    The key is neither to set the aims too high, because it doesn't take only five years to get into the management chairs, nor keep it too low because being ambitious is what drives people to work harder.