Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? Learn How To Answer This Job Interview Question & Get The Job✓

Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? Learn How To Answer This Job Interview Question & Get The Job✓

Where do you see yourself? What a stupid question to ask… It really is… Interviewer: Where you do you see yourself
in 5 years? Me: Well, I am going to tell you that I see
myself at your company at a role where I contribute to the organization’s success… and you
will not believe that I am genuine but then I will say that anyway because this is the
only answer I know you are looking for… If you are wondering how to answer this question
properly, and increase your chances to win that job then stay tuned until the end. I am Deniz Sasal. I am a manager with PwC Consulting and for
the past 10 years I have been interviewing thousands of candidates as a hiring manager. At The Career Mastery, a blog that I own I
help change some of the notions when it comes to interviews and hiring. Whatever you hear from represent my view as
a hiring manager. I am not HR, never been, nor have any intentions
to become one at any point in my career. In an ideal world, if you are interviewing
with a highly professional company and highly professional hiring managers, they won’t
ask you this question. Because, they know that you are just going
to lie. I hope they really won’t. It’s meaningless and encourages the candidate
to lie. It serves no purpose. But here is the thing… We are not living in an ideal world, and the
chances they will ask you this question is very high. In fact, unfortunately, I was asked this question
when I interviewed for PwC Consulting 4 years ago. Worst of all, this question came directly
from the partner himself. And no not partner in charge of HR. But partner in strategy consulting… Alright, I will share with you a beautiful
answer. But First things first, here are what not
to dos; – Don’t, don’t, don’t try to be funny
for – god’s sake. I remember at least 4 candidates who said
they saw themselves in my position in 5 years. The funny thing was I didn’t even ask where
they saw themselves in 5 years. I didn’t even ask that. Really. I just asked about their future plans and
whether they’d like to stay in Dubai over the foreseeable future. After all, this is an expatriate oriented
city you know. And we have a very high expat-turnover. Plus, this is probably the oldest joke in
the book. Where are they learning this from? Seriously! Please don’t do that. It’s not funny and also not even logical. If I am interviewing you for a junior consultant
role, it will take you a lot more than 5 years to become a manager like me… Just don’t shoot yourself in the foot you
know. Another no-no; you don’t really need to
talk about your ambitions for future. Start from today. After all, we are interviewing you to fill
a current role. Not necessarily a role to fill 5 years in
the future. We are not going to hire you to train you
for “that” role for 5 years. Right? I hope it’s making sense to you. Alright, now let’s move on to construct
the perfect answer. I will give you 2 approaches to this question. First, I will share with you the conventional
safe approach. And once it’s out of the way, I will share
with you my way. The first approach is the safest one. It’s what everybody uses and it is what
I call “Bullshit” answer. Your bullshit answer may tick the box and
prevent you from taking any risks. But at the end of the day it’s bullshit. To craft your perfect bullshit answer, you
need to hit certain triggers. The way I see, they are like this;
– You need to show them you are committed and not a 2 year jumper
– Another one, The reason you are here is not to find a quick solution to your unemployment. But rather, you are thinking of us as your
last destination in your corporate career. Simply, you are not here to wait for the next
best offer. Then, off you go. From hiring manager’s perspective, this
is a big challenge. Finding the right candidate consumes so much
valuable resources from the company. Time being the most important one. – Final one, Ambitious and assertive characters
are in high-demand for certain roles, especially in sales related positions. Please keep this in mind. So, feel free to clearly state that you are
looking to grow with the company, learn from the best, and ultimately, when you are ready,
take on more responsibilities. So, a safe bullshit answer may look something
like this; I will also put this in the description I’d like to deliver to the best of my abilities
while learning from the best. Having said that, I see myself 5 years down
the road growing into a managerial role and demonstrating my leadership capabilities. Or another one,
I am really looking forward to spending the next five years in an organization where I
feel I share all of its values, especially when it comes to [some values]. I would love to have the opportunity to demonstrate
my leadership capabilities when the time is right, hopefully within 5 years and contribute
to its growing success. Alright, as you see from these responses,
they are safe answers but not necessarily something I would say. This is especially true if I am interviewing
with a hiring manager. The hiring manager will most probably be your
direct line supervisor. Do you really want to start that relationship
based on lies and BSs? I don’t. And I didn’t… When I was asked this question 5 years ago,
my answer was something like below; So, he asks me Deniz where do you see yourself
in 5 years. Me: Hmm. Let me gather my thoughts for a second… [Yes, I literally took my time to think. You should try it too…] Judging by the fact that where I saw myself
in the past and where I ended up, it’s really hard to say where I will be. The only way I can see the future is by looking
at my past, right? and if you asked this question to me almost 10 years ago when I was working
at Standard & Poor’s as a financial analyst, I’d tell you I wanted to be an investment
banker, then 5 years later I was a project management consultant, then sustainability
consultant, and now here I am interviewing for a management consulting role which I can
confidently do very well. So, as you see, where I wanted to be almost
never happened and it’s really hard to say now where I will be in 5 years. But I guarantee you one thing. I will do my best in this role and try my
best to have a wonderful career at PwC with your team and with your leadership. And when the times comes, I will assume more
leadership roles hopefully easing some of your intense work load. When I gave this answer, something incredible
happened. Partner was definitely shocked hearing my
answer and I could tell he wasn’t expecting this. But… He was incredibly impressed… I could see it in his eyes. And after that, he started to pat me in the
back, telling me “son it’s ok. It’s very normal going through things like
this at your 20s, we don’t always get to have the career we want. But don’t worry things will be a lot more
clear for you moving forward with us.” The remaining of the interview he was completely
engaged, conversing with me, giving details about the way they work, and telling me that
he’d love to have a talent like me in the team. Then, he asked how soon I can join… I couldn’t ask for a better interview for
sure. And imagine this person was a Senior Partner
at PwC Consulting, a role that’s almost as high as it gets. It just worked. What worked was the honesty! Look at it from his perspective, after having
a 30 year career, I was probably one of the few people who took
the path less travelled. I was someone who had the courage to give
a less than perfect answer instead of lying and bullshitting. With my answer, he realized that I am someone
who will never give excuses or lies no matter how stressful the situation may be. So, think about it. Next time you find yourself in a situation
like this, maybe honesty is what you need. That’s it for now. Before, I go, can you please give me thumbs
up if you beenefited from this video. And also please subscribe to my channel if
you’d like to see more videos like this. Oh finally, I have one more awesomeness for
you. I spent about 6 months developing a free 3-day
video training where I teach you step by step how to achieve a career with multinational companies. Trust me, it’s an awesome training. And again it’s free. Alright, until next time.

100 thoughts on “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? Learn How To Answer This Job Interview Question & Get The Job✓

  • Very informative video. Helpful.
    But the audio could be improved. The audio quality doesn't feel like its fit for serious speech.

  • Hi Deniz, I would like to tell you that your videos are one of the best, and would like to share with you one answer regarding "where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
    and would like to hear from you what is your opinion about it.

    My answer is: "To be honest with you, I've got a lot of dreams to be achieved during this 5 years, but what I can guarantee you that as long as I am using my skills and also getting an upgrade I can tell you that I can see myself in a managerial role here"

    Please let me know your opinion, thank you.

  • Special thanks to you sir, i have nailed my very first interview in my life because of your tips. I hope u will read this to make sure my endless thanks are been received :)))
    PS: it was a walk in interview.

  • Deniz, I believe today it is very rare how somebody teaches or advices to be successful while being honest. As you do this, this is so valuable and I believe I can get lot more from your work, thank you so much. Wish you all the best ! 🙂

  • Having an interview 2morrow for "National Senior Accountant".
    I might copy a bit of your answer if this Question come up from the interviewer.
    Pls Don't sue me if i got the job #fingercross🙏…

  • Will you use this for HR or only the Hiring manager? because I think with HR your answer might show them you are indecisive. Let me know what you think

  • Dear Deniz, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you so much for your videos. I was attending a job interview for a counselling job in the NHS (UK national Health Services) and it’s usually really hard to get in the NHS unless you have years of experience and achievements under your belt. Everyone in my professional life told me that I was not going to be successful on my first NHS interview but I should enjoy the experience. I watched most of your videos including this one even though I could not imagine them asking where I saw my self in 5 years. To my shock, this was the last question they did ask and I had your video in mind and said what I learned from you. A week later – I got the job! Thank you!

  • Your answer for this is so much better and useful in my case, seeing that I went to art college and now looking for jobs with big start up corporations with nothing to do with art. I would have answered 10 years ago I see myself as an artist… thanks for this top answer!

  • Your information is very good, would like to watch all your videos for my job hunt, I would surely let you know about the result 👍, which I don't care after work done ☠️

  • Where do i see myself? Out of this company already having paid my move out to another country far away from your shit bye thank you

  • my last few interviews I was asked that but for 10 years I told the interviewers " let me think for a moment" then I told them my answer was " It depends" kind of context then I was more direct because I looked up facts about the places I worked and told what I believed I could do for the Company or I'd let them know politely I had other options

  • Hi Deniz,

    First of all, thanks for these incredibly helpful videos. I have been learning so much.
    I want to ask you a question which sometime becomes very difficult to answer at the interviews.

    Why do you have frequent job changes ? Or Why have you changed 4 companies in last 8 years ?

    I started my career as a Software Engineer in March, 2011 and then I changed to other MNC in 2012. I worked there till December, 2014 to switch to another place. I joined my current organization on Aug, 2016.

    Obviously there were certain reason behind the switch; Sometime a better opportunity and sometime a family urgency. But I don't know how to present my reasons in a way that it is accepted by the Hiring Manager Properly and not assumed in a wrong way.

    How should I approach this question, So that I am able to put my reasons is an acceptable manner and not seem very unstable in terms of job duration.

    Thanks in Advance for your help and support !!

  • This is a really good advice and I totally agree with you!!! Will have an interview tomorrow and I will answer the question according to you advice, if they would ask. Thanks Deniz!!

  • It may sound as a lie… but i always had this exact thought at the back of my mind when giving the typical bullshit answer. I thought i am not supposed to say that, but thanks to you. I will sure shot fire that honest answer next time.

  • "Don't try to be funny saying you will be like me in 5 years"…Hello? Just because you take ages to get to your dream position it doesn't mean other people must take ages, I still remember those people like me who use to laugh at me when I use to tell them my dreams are still doing the same shitty job and living in a sharing house.

  • Interviewer: We're do you see yourself in 5 years?

    Me: in your chair but asking better questions…

    I saw this earlier I was like dayum

  • Hello Sir,
    I did exactly what you said.
    Spoke right through my gut.
    Told them exactly what my interests were.

    And it worked to their delight!

    I don't know the outcome of my interview yet, but they seemed impressed!

    Thank you 🙂

  • I have listened to so many suggestions to this particular question, this is by far the best respond that I agree too and definitely going to use on my future interviews. I would have given you the job too! Thank you

  • I was asked this question while doing the interview yesterday and I gave them the answer you said st the end and they were delighted. That’s when they got curious about me. Thanks❤️

  • I do like your answer, we've never known where we are in 5 years, this a stupid questions during the interview but you could turn it on a very smart way. Great!

  • Hi I am looking for an answer to this Question which was asked me during an interview
    What diversity are you bringing for our company? can you discuss this Q


  • Interviewer- "Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?"
    Me –

    "In your chair,but asking a better question"

  • Hello Deniz I have recently appeared for interview and asked this question unfourantely the thing is that currently I'm at Assistant manager role and moving in to IC (individual contributed) role. So how do you think we can answer this question? I'm currently in to operational role so do you think it will be a good move to move from assistant manager to IC role
    What do you recommend Deniz?
    I'm in dilemma here. Can you help me here

  • ✅My Interview Preparation MasterClass is now on YouTube! You can watch it here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mXG3AiXVMY

  • Well where I see myself in 5 yrs depends on where u would like to see your company in 5 yrs. At this stage of my career as COO, I am not after designations nor interested in taking someone's role.I know only one thing – I can add value maybe in a very small way but constructively. I would like to see myself working with increased responsibilities and challenges where my knowledge, experience, skills and expertise can best be utilized for mutual benefit. Thks, Regards,

  • HR is the reason the corporations are filled with lying psychopaths who have lied their way to the top while the actual competent workers are being turned down for not knowing how to bullshit.

  • Thank you Denis' I used your approach to answer "tell me about yourself" and I was able to scale through phase one of the interview. May God bless your knowledge

  • Question. Me & a friend are starting our jr. year at our university &She decided to apply as a sales associate for Academy in order to understand how the company works and experience working for them. She wants to work for them as an associate so after she graduates or when she interns she can understand the values they have before being in the corporate office as an accountant. What if they ask her this same question getting to get a retail position? Would this response work "In 5 yrs, I see myself developing and acquiring new skills. I would be able to show how much I improved and learned from the position offered & hopefully, one day, those skills I have learned and developed would assist me in achieving a position at the corporate level"

  • I was asked this question during an interview this week and I gave the answer suggested and boy this is a killer answer, I received a very positive reaction from the panel. Thanks

  • Thanks for such informational videos..and you are lot more different from traditional way of approaching interviews and predefined answers for them..and frankly speaking i am very poor in remembering those BS answers..

  • This happened before i watched your video..
    Interviewer- where do you see yourself in next 5 year?
    Me – At your place
    Interviewer – It took more than 5 year to reach at my place, how will your reach at this position in 5 year ?
    Me – I have a leader like you who would help me do things in a smarter way…..Right?


  • Im struggling with office work in general. I have never done well with term papers in college nor am familiar with spreadsheets, making diagrams and power point.

  • i will use your way tommorow wish me luck. it will be a start for me and my gf for settling down if can i nail in this new role 🙂

  • I had first interview When i was 17 they said say question to me I really mess up on that now Im 18 I have interview this Friday

  • You are really making great video series. It isnt just about giving the best answer to questions, ur making me understand why..

  • I will tell you the appropriate answer.
    "Where do you see yourself in 5 years"
    Me: " I see myself having fun in this company doing better everyday. Because doing what you love is not a job. Competing with other companies and helping it grow in every way."

    They want to see your passion by asking questions like this and test how much plans you have for the future. The world is looking for a dreamer that's it. You are selected.👀👍

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