Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? – Ideal Sample Answer

Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? – Ideal Sample Answer

Hi, it’s Linda Raynier of LindaRaynier.com
Career Strategist, Speaker and Coach.
And in this video I’m going to show you exactly how to answer the
“Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?” interview question
in a way that gets you closer to landing the job offer without putting off the interviewer.
And here’s a hint.
The answer doesn’t involve you saying that you want to be a Manager or Director in the next 5 years.
So if you struggle with this interview question then pay attention,
because I have a secret formula
that I think works across any job title and any industry.
Now before we answer this question,
we need to understand why the employer is asking us this in the first place.
As realistic or unrealistic as that may seem,
if you give any hints that you plan to be elsewhere,
and not work at this company from now well into the future,
then they’ll consider that as a red flag and likely not consider you further in the process.
So if you actually truly plan to run a business in the next 5 years,
maybe a good idea to NOT mention that as part of your answer.
You want to ensure that your answer speaks to this job and only to what this job has to offer.
Sometimes companies don’t know if they’ll have a higher level role for you to go into in the next 2, 3, 5 years.
So if you make it sound like it’s your expectation to be promoted into a Manager title,
Manager role or Director role in the next X number of years,
then they’ll likely err on the side of caution and not consider you further,
because they may not be able to provide you what you want.
Or they’ll see you as overly ambitious and using this opportunity as a stepping stone
to get to the next level.
Okay so now we understand why this question is asked,
I’ll now give you my magic formula for how this question should be answered.
There are 2 parts to this answer
and in this example, I’ve used an accounting type of example.
But you’ll understand the structure as we go along.
So, part 1 of the answer is:
So that is part 1.
Part 2 is:
The reason why this formula works so well is because firstly, you’re keeping it general.
You’re not talking about specific titles you want to achieve,
which may put off some interviewers.
And instead, you’re talking about “what you’ll do” instead of “who you’ll be” in the next 5 years.
And secondly, you show that you’re eager and that you truly want this job.
That you’re focused on this role, and this role only.
That you simply want to help and give value.
So if you’ve been saying anything other than this
and you like this little 2-part formula that I’ve come up with to answer the,
“Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?” interview question,
then feel free to use it, and let me know how it goes.
So now you know how to answer this interview question,
but do you know if your resume is good enough for the interview in the first place?
Feel free to download a copy of my 10 Ultimate Resume Hacks Cheat Sheet
located in the link below where you’ll learn tips and tricks on how to land more interviews and ideally job offers.
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Thank you so much for watching and I will see you in the next video!

100 thoughts on “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? – Ideal Sample Answer”

  1. I will answer like this》》"I can't predict the future, where or who I will be or doing in 3 or 5 years. However I can say NOW that In five years, I'd love to be right here, hopefully having transitioned into a bigger role. But I understand this company is very deliberate in the way it develops employees, so if my moving into strategy happens in five years or if it takes longer, I'm still incredibly excited to be a part of this organization and its mission."

  2. I forgot to thank you enough, Linda. I got the job I want last year and still working with them right now after watching your videos a week before my interview. Please continue sharing tips as it helps more people to speak confidently and land their job. Thank you, Linda!

  3. 10 mins ago I was thinking of ways to answer this question with a few sample answers in my head and written on paper, I then decided to do a YouTube search and I’ve been doing it all wrong! Very insightful and I will be reviewing more of your work. Thanks for the added value!

  4. if an employer sees interviewee as overly ambitious and see the job as a stepping stone to the next level. That employer has shitty business. In other word, you should ask that employer will the company survive next 5 years? Why should I stick with a company that wants to be small?

  5. Hi! I would like to know if you could do the two part structure for a biomedical engineering position, or even regulatory affairs position in the medical device industry.

  6. Its 2019 already Finally i found this video,im not thinking for its too late for a 43yrs old woman like me,but for my daughter whom ill be guiding for her future..thanks coach you are amazing woman!😉

  7. Thank you for all the tips Miss Linda. This is a big help for our subject in Job Interview as a Senior High. Thank you so muchb

  8. Linda: You are dope! I've used this during my last 2 interviews & I'm going to the next level. Wanted to point out, one interviewer asked "what do you want?" instead of "where do you see yourself?" Thanks to your video, I understood the question to be "where do you see yourself?" When I gave your response (last Thursday), I received email for 2nd video interview today. I've been telling friends about you & forwarding your vids. You are AMAZING! Thank you. Thank you👍🌸 May the Lord bless the fruit of your labor.

  9. Hi Linda, you are awesome. Thank you so much for making video, teach how to be success, give motivation and I can learn more.

  10. life's not just about work though so I think you could mention things other than working for them…? like run a marathon or do a triathlon, or travel to India…?

  11. You are too good. Why couldn’t I be blessed with this kind of intelligence and confidence to answer with powerful answers like all your other helpful tips 😔

  12. How would I answer this question for a 12 month contract? I was asked this before and was not sure if I answered it correctly.

  13. Hi Linda, your videos are without doubt so much more effective than any interview coaching and CV improvement presentations I have been too. You always make me so confident going into interviews. Keep up the good work! From the UK 🙂

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

    "In your chair,but asking a better question"

  15. thank you for the tips and advice.
    i am a fresh graduate, hopefully i am able to find a job that is related to my course.

  16. When ever the hr asks me this question, the immediate visuals in my mind are doggying her in the office cabin. This is why ive never cleared interview. They can read it on my face…how can i hide it?

  17. Can we have the formula in english? That and less ass kissing would help the believablity. Formulas don't help in social situations anyways; what you should learn from this autism is explaining how you get to 5 years later.

  18. You have received a letter from your English penfriend in which he/she writes that when he/she is sixteen he/she can leave school and go to a vocational school, college or take apprenticeship. Write a letter to your penfriend in which you tell him/her 59 what age children go to school in your country what exams you have to pass afer leaving school what the options after leaving school are Write a letter of at least 100 words. Do not write your own name, any dates, addresses or other personal information. Start your letter in an appropriate way

  19. What do I do if I am VERY ambitious, always have been, always will be, and it’s hard for me to lie? Great video what you say makes sense but I’d have to lie to get the job and that’s hard for me

  20. I always love your videos 🙂 this landed me on a great job 2 years ago and now I am watching again for another interview!

  21. Thank you! Your response was great and I used it for an interview today. I tailored the response but I loved the two part answer it was great.

  22. Could be the answer is this? We may never know what will happen next in5 yrs time i will focus on my job and prove my worth wil try to do all the best i could to familiarize and be well trained in my position and in the future they see a potential in me and promoted to the next level well then im very thankful that they notice my dedication to my job

  23. I have a question, is it right to say, over 5 years I want to be outsourced to work for the same company but only abroad? I have an interview soon for one of the big4 company, I really would like to work in Asia. I am afraid with this answer they would think I do not want to stay there and eventually will leave.

  24. Thank you, please go remind your husband how fortunate he is to have you in his life. Have a nice day!

  25. Hi Linda. Im going 5 yrs in my company and im next in line for promotion. But i dont like the job im up to. What should i do?

  26. In 5 years honestly? Definitely you know I know I'll be running🏃my own company come on ✍️✍️😊

  27. I got this question when I applied to a medical laboratory technician program at my university. My answer basically said that I wanted to gain experience and then got to medical school by the end of 5 years. The director of the program replied back that she was looking for future students who wanted to stay in the field long term. This video’s answer would have worked better even though it wasn’t a job position.

  28. I don’t think think this will work for KFC. (I have an interview there on Thursday)

    “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

    “In this very building, still frying chicken”

  29. The only youtuber that do not need to ask for subscription yet a lot of people subscribed.. hehehe…more videos Linda! God bless you!

  30. I have an interview today and you just saved me from getting this question all wrong!! Thank you for this valuable lesson. Stay blessed!

  31. Omg I love you so much I couldn't I fine you years ago I wouldn't be so behind thank you so much

  32. I had an interview with this exact question …wish i had watched this video before hand. I think i worded it as just trying to get my foot in door and want to be given an opportunity to prove how valuable i can be. This was from a phone interview from over a week ago havent heard back but now next time I'll know how to answer that question

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