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Can You Help Me Answer This Difficult Interview Question?

by Pam
(Knoxville, TN)

During a recent job interview, I was asked, "Where did I see myself in 5 years?"

Seems simple enough, but the interview had been unexpectedly lengthy and I was trying to accommodate. The process started at 7:30 and continued nonstop until close to 2pm.

I needed water and a restroom. The question totally stumped me. Hints on a handy answer?

ANSWER: First off, let me just say how awful this interview was! I can't even imagine the ethics of holding a prospective applicant hostage for more than 6 hours.

I'd think twice before accepting any job offer from such an employer.

But, to answer your question, the usual wisdom is to answer all interview questions as honestly and real-ly as you can. And focus your answer for this question on this employer.

So, for example, you might say something like, "I see myself as a top performing employee in a well-established organization like this one." OR... "My long-term goals involve growing with a company where I can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities, and contribute as much of value as I can."

Do you get the idea?

Good luck to you!

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