JOB INTERVIEW questions and answers (Part 1): Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

JOB INTERVIEW questions and answers (Part 1): Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In this week’s job search tip we’re going to be
going over interview question and answers. Today we’re gonna talk about the
dreaded “Where you see yourself in five years?” question. We’re gonna look at it
from every angle and discover what employers or really asking. That’s coming up! Hey, guys! I’m Kim with Snagajob and
welcome to our weekly job search show. We’re gonna give you everything from
interview tips to resume advice and even a little fashion advice. This week we’re
gonna be tackling the dreaded “Where do you see yourself in five years?” question. A lot of you have been asking us about this. You’re not sure how to answer it and a lot of employers do ask this in interviews so there’s a good chance you’re going to see this along the way. So we’re gonna give you a couple tips to make you more confident when this comes along. Okay, let’s face it. This question is hard and there’s really no getting around that. “What?! Are you serious?! I don’t even know
what I want for dinner tonight! How am I expected to know where i’m going to be in
five years?! … What do I want for dinner tonight?” Now remember, hiring managers cannot predict the
future and they don’t expect you to either. What they really want to know is,
are you worth the time and money it’s going to take the to hire you. It takes a lot of
time and money to hire an employee. Really, it’s an investment. So if you answer… “Dude, you haven’t heard
of our band. We’re gonna be totally touring the country by then.” Then they’ll know that you’re not really looking fora place to learn and grow. You’re just looking for something to
hold you over until your real plan takes off. “I don’t know! I just want to be making money.” “Definitely running my own business.” “Eh… I don’t really like thinking that far into the future.
It makes my brain hurt.” “Definitely running my own music label.” So the best way to answer this question
is to pick a few professional goals that you really have and go from there. “I’m really looking forward to putting my
customer service skills to use in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The restaurant industry is somewhere where I’d like to develop my career, which is why i think this position is a great fit.” So that was a great answer because; one,
you mentioned your skills: the strengths that you have; two, you talked about the industry as a whole
and that your interested in investing your future in that; three, you tell them that you’re up for a
challenge so they know they know you’re going to be a really good worker; and four, you mentioned the position
specifically so they understand that you’re really interested in what they
have to offer. Now, interviewing can cause a lot of anxiety. We know this. We’ve all gone through this. But if you practice your answers and practice the questions that you’re
probably going to be getting it can really help ease all the nerves. Thanks for
joining us today guys! If you like this video please let us know so we’ll know to keep
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100 thoughts on “JOB INTERVIEW questions and answers (Part 1): Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  • This is a great question! Employers aren't necessarily looking for someone to stick around forever. They understand students have their sites set on careers elsewhere. You can be honest about your ambitions but you can also tie in what you hope to learn in the restaurant industry (customer service skills, working in a fast-paced environment, etc.). Most employers want an employee who is engaged versus if ones that are just there for a paycheck. I hope that helps. Good luck!

  • This an absolutely stupid question, as it cannot evaluate whether or not an individual is right for the job. Unfortunately, as the world heads towards a one world economic system, and schools have evovled into 'work force training', the corporations really don't care what you know, they care more for what you will do for them. They are not interested in you as an individual…they care more about how you will fit into a network. They want cookie cutter types, who lack memory of the good times.

  • I have an interview in a few days…. I am extremely nervous!!!! First interview in 12 years… EEEEK!! It is a job I desperately want… Your channel is helping me prepare….

  • Congratulations on landing an interview! Let us know if you have any questions! We have a video on our channel titled, "5 quick interview tips" that you may find helpful. And please let us know how your interview goes! We have our fingers crossed for you!!! Good luck!

  • I have an interview at Sonic Drive In and I dont see myself working at a fast food restraunt for the rest of my life as a career, I dont think most people see themselves doing that.. so is it bad to tell them my real goals? or should I just stick to saying I want to grow in the customer service area?

  • Great question, Hailey. It's not bad to tell them your goals but remember to tie your goals into why you want this job. Perhaps you want to learn more customer service experience and this role allows you to work towards your long-term goals. Employers understand goals but they also want employees who are going to stick around for a little while. I hope that helps. Let us know if you have any other questions. Good luck!

  • Congratulations on landing an interview! Great question! We actually have a video for that! Check out our video, "Job interview questions and answers (Part 5): What are your weaknesses?" on our YouTube channel and let us know if you have any questions. Good luck and please let us know how your interview goes! We're rooting for you!

  • I didn't get called to proceeed to the next step in the interview process… 🙁 But, my former employer is interested in me for a new position in a different division of the school… Skill assessment test and then interview already scheduled…. I am still watching videos and practicing ALLOT!!

  • That's awesome! Great job! Were there any questions in the first interview that stumped you? Good luck on your next interview! Let us know how it goes!

  • Everytime someone put out the question of: "Where do you see yourself in 5 years" more people always think "College" or huge executive crap.

    LoL, It gets old.

  • but i don't even have any good skills, like nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills

  • They did ask me "where do I see myself in 5 years" and I told the truth, I'll be retirement age in 5 years, I'm not making long range plans.
    They smiled politely and hired a 20 year old.

  • Hi, Suzette! Thanks for your question. Employers typically want to know how you heard about them so they know how people are finding their business and open positions. You can simply tell them how you found their business and the open position.

  • Great question. Employers aren't necessarily looking for someone to stick around forever. They understand students have their sites set on college and careers. You can be honest about your ambitions but you can also tie in what you hope to learn in the restaurant industry (customer service skills, working in a fast-paced environment, etc.). Most employers want an employees who are interested in the job versus ones that are just there for a paycheck. I hope that helps. Good luck!

  • hi, I'm wondering that if I answer like this is ok or not?
    "In 5 years, I'll have bigger knowledge, skill and experience, my social and communication skill will improve as well. And I', staying together with company to archive more and more great success. I am becoming an important part in this department and in company as well."

  • Try talking about what skills you hope to gain from the position and tie it into why you are interested in the job. Good luck!

  • Hi! I have a request. Could you please answer this question. I just thought about this and it has nothing to do with "interview tips".

    Why do hiring managers think the pay rate should be the same between individuals who have college degrees and individuals who don't??? For example, managers require a Bachelor's degree for a specific job and want a plethora of skills from an individual, but they only pay 10 or 11 bucks an hour. If they want the best, they need to pay better than that.

  • Another question you can cover (if you haven't already).

    Why do hiring managers think they can push 3 jobs on a person, but only pay you for 1?? lol!

    I've never been in this position, but I've read stories. One story was that there were about 2 people that left a job and someone else was chosen to do THEIR work while still doing their own work until they got more help. (continued)

  • (continued) Yet, when they didn't get the help they were promised, the manager refuses to give an increase in pay. Things like this are morally wrong, abusive, and annoying. I'm sure you'd agree. haha

  • Great question! Maybe you turned an upset customer into a happy one. Maybe you went above and beyond to help the customer or find out the answer to their question. Whatever it is, the employer is looking for a time when you went above and beyond to help someone.

  • Could you please answer in your next video " What if your Manager(Supervisor) is wrong?

    Thank you… Wait your answer

  • The job market is so bad around here, I am competing for a job with 500 other people. How do I stand out from the CROWD. I have tweeked my resume, redone my cover letter. I am currently working from home because I can't find anything I know where I DON'T want to work. (IE RETAIL, Fast Food). Plus I am a midlife person. I am competing with YOUNGER people. I need to know how to really sell myself. I would appreciate any advice.

  • The whole idea of getting a temporary job seems to be more glorified than reaching your own potential. you guys should talk to employers and candidates more to make a more informative video because this one lacks in more ways than I've mentioned.

  • okay this has nothing to do with this video but what do you do if you don't know the name of the person who is interviewing you prior to your interview? Is that okay? 

  • I wanna be a concierge and they will be asking me what are the three activities I like doing most and the 3 ones I don.t Please help me… I do like dealing with coustumers however I'm from Brazil… and this placement standts to a concierge mall….

  • Hi how many times should I follow up on a job? Every time I follow up ,
    I always get we will call you? I was told if you want a job you have to call them but I do call them. I am trying to get a job working in retail, and I want to know if I do not put I am available nights, will a manager not call me?

  • Snagajob, your videos are great! Thank you for uploading them. I want to ask you what are the best answers for the following questions: 1) If you were an animal, what would you be? ¿Why? and 2) Do do have any personal dream? I really would be grateful if you could help me.

  • Hi, Snagajob. May I ask you another question? In almost all the job interviews that I´ve had, the interviewers have asked me a very personal question, for example, "Would you like to be a mother?" and "When are you planning on having a baby?" I think this an very difficult question to answer. In my country, employers hate when their women employees become pregnant because they have to pay prenatal and postnatal leave. What is the best way of answering these questions? Thank you very much for helping us and congratulations for your videos.

  • I really need help am going to turn in my application tomorrow for yogo berry. And that question always gets to me and I blank out and don't know how to answer please HELP!!

  • What if you are in high school and you plan to go to college? Referring to the where do you see yourself in five years question.

  • Hi. I really like it how you help people to find a job. I really struggled with this for over a year but I now I have a great job. Searching for a job can be very frustrating so I plan on making a motivational video about this topic soon (I do motivational vlogs on my channel) and I thought I may mention you so that people can find more great job search tips here. Have a great time.

  • Let me share best material all of you: Top 41 interview questions and answers. To watch it, please search Youtube.

  • Do you have a video kb what our your best accomplishments ? I have a group interview on Thursday and in really nervous !

  • I would like to know what to say if a potential employer asks about a background check as I have a criminal record from my past but have not gotten in trouble and have gone back to school and got an associates degree for medical billing and also have been working in that field for 1 1/2 years. I am afraid of how to explain my past as I don't want the interviewer to not hire me because of the mistakes I made in my past

  • That doesn't really help if you're not planning to be in that field. My field is completely different which is obvious from my education history. How are you supposed to deal with this if you just need something to make money until you can get to your real goals?

  • I have a part time job interview in less than 4 hours and pretty nervous and I'm gonna go watch these videos again because these are really helpful!

  • What should I say if I'm planning on moving to a different city in less than 6 months? I'm going off to college and I really want this job as a good first experience but I don't want to put them off by saying I won't be working for long. Should I just not say anything about it or be honest?

  • im confused, the question wasnt really answered here by stating on what skills you have and how would it fit on the field that you are applying for? still how do you see yourself in 5 years?

  • One question I got asked in a job interview was "How would your friends describe you in two words" Can u please help know how to answer it!?

  • HELP ASAP!! Should I tell the person that is giving me the interview that I was in college but dropped out because I didn't have the money to continue but want to go back to college and complete my years as a dental assistant. If it helps, I applied for a costumer service job and being my very first job.

  • Rate of speech is very high of that guy especially for this video, in case this video is meant for others to listen and learn. The pace should be reduced while answering. Correct Answer starts @ 1:45.
    I am really looking forward to put in my customer service skills to use it in a fast pace challenging environment.
    Next sentence: Did he say “The restaurant industry”? is somewhere I would like to develop my career which is why I think this position is a great fit

  • do you have to say that you're looking to grow in that company? because at my interview today they asked a similar question {not exactly where do you see yourself in five years} but a question similar,

    and I told them that I'm really looking at perusing my art career, because I really love drawing, and I eventually want to make it a career.

  • So,…this is a video helping out teens and kids going for their first job? Dude….errrrr, chic, I like ummmmm in middle age will have an awesome band in five years touring the country with some young ass chics hanging all off me, and smoking like weed all the tine cause it will, like ummm, be so so legal by then.

  • Is there any more examples for this specific question b/c it kind of seemed there was only one specific one and the r est were very broad!?!?!? PLEASE HELP!!!!

  • If You Know What You In Your Life And People Stop Saying What One Can't Do And Lest One Show What He Or She Can The Working Place Will Feel At Home And That How I Feel In My Life

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  • Well the where do you see yourself in five years question I want to be completely honest because I will be a college graduate with my bachelors in psychology so I would like to just say the honest answer but will that stop me from getting the job

  • Or just say in five years I would still be working with this company and try to improve my customer service skills because in five years I’m trying to look for job in psychology

  • This is kinda bad advice ish because I don't wanna like lie and say I'm still gonna be working in customer service in five years like??? I'm not even interested in food service for my future am I just supposed to lie? What if I have real goals?

  • You are not the center of our universe! You Arrogant fuckers! we have lives and families! Stop asking insulting questions. You can do a proper job interview without asking stupid questions like this. My value Is in my work in you can determine that in a far better way..

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