So, where do you see yourself after 5 years?
Well, this will be difficult to answer since you don’t have a time machine. You may also be tempted to share your wishful thinking such as, "I want to be the CEO of this company".
After this, you may start to gaze into the eyes of the interviewer to judge their reaction. You may be jumping with joy inside believing you have hit the bull’s eye.
"Sorry friend, we don’t believe you are that mettlesome." (The interviewer too could be certainly thinking so.)
Sounds disappointing, but it’s true.
In fact, hardly any employer thinks that you possess such extraordinary qualities (otherwise you would not have been looking for such a job in the first place).
The simple reason behind asking this question is to check whether your abilities and temperament are perfectly aligned with your goal.
Unlike many other questions we have explained so far in this series, this question is one that can actually trap you. And it is asked with this motive only.
Mike Simpson, a career counselor, writes: "Yes, the ultimate goal of any good hiring manager is to find an employee to fill their vacancies, but they’re not looking for just anyone.”
This question has two layers and you should answer accordingly. The first part of your answer should focus on the immediate position and in the next part, you should discuss your future plans and expectations.
“I would be glad to answer this. One reason I applied in your company is because of your reputation for helping your employees in their career growth by providing them suitable opportunities. Five years down the road, I see myself growing into a supervisor or manager.”
By now you must have understood the complexity of this question. However, this is not a very difficult question to answer if you understand the basic psychology behind it.