How to answer: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

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No matter how much you prepare for an interview, it’s easy to get tripped up by seemingly simple questions. One question that can be tricky to answer is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” In fact, I find that this question has made me think of a ton of other questions: Five years here? Have I even thought that far? What is the hiring manager really getting at?

Thankfully, in the video below by Dice TV, they outline the five things hiring managers are looking for when they ask this question. Watch it and learn how to craft a compelling answer.

How have you answered this question? Any other tips to add? Share them in the comments.


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    • christine
    • July 13, 2014

    idealist, I love you, but for those of us working abroad, these video posts kill us! no way to access this resource on the speed of a CDMA in East Africa….

    1. Thanks for the heads up, Christine! We’ll be more mindful of this moving forward!

    • Bronxlady1
    • July 13, 2014

    In my opinion, this question has no place in an interview as no one has a crystal ball to know where they might be five hours from now, let alone five years from today. It is a “set-up” question to which the answer depends on so many unknowables. I personally hate this question.

      • Jen
      • October 12, 2014


    • Jen
    • October 12, 2014

    I still remember being asked this question in an interview years ago. My response? “Not here!” I still cannot believe I said that. I got the job, though. 🙂

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