Where do you see yourself in five years? Avoiding interview cliches

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | Personally and professionally, most of us are inspired by ideas and opportunities, which we then slowly turn into plans and goals. These little gems are what help us grow, learn and experience new things, and without them our lives lack colour.

So when you are prepping for an interview, or asked the “where do you see yourself in five years” questions, take a little time out to consider what you really hope to achieve professionally. For this year’s graduates who are on the start on their career journey, use your degree as a starting point, think about the professions and sectors that are linked to your degree, and what do you need to do to get there. Then make your goals personal to the company that you are being interviewed by. Use their online resources, ie. careers page, and if you are being interviewed for a junior assistant post, identify what mid/senior level positions are also available with the company. By understanding the size of the business, are they an independent business or multi-national organisations will help you understand how your career can successfully develop with the company.


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