/ Asked by Nirmal
How should I answer the question about where I see myself in 10 years?
Answered by Beamer, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Hello -
This is certainly a favorite question for interviewers. It can say a lot about you, as a candidate. A simple answer is a must and one that shows your confidence in that whatever you will be doing, you'll be succeeding, is crucial. A possible answer for those that believe it is to convey that no one knows what the future will hold but one of your best qualities is the ability to adapt to changing situations and excel at anything you do. You love learning, challenges and growth opportunities and you hope to be working for a company that will let you earn those opportunities. Interviewers respond well to flexible, mature and realistic candidates. If you are too specific, they will wonder how open to change you are.
Hope this helps!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016
This is definitely a common interview question and can sometimes be very telling of a candidate. When asking this question, I think most interviewers are looking for an answer that shows you have goals and are ambitious. It is important to have a solid answer to this question and come across confident in your answer. I personally think an answer that is focused on your development and advancement within the same company is key. Most recruiters and hiring managers aren't looking for a short-term employee. They want to know that they are hiring someone who is invested in their career and the company. Think about the type of career you want to be in 10 years from now. Is it a manager level role? Is it within the same field you are now? Be sure you demonstrate that you do not want to job hop or stay in the same position, at the same level, for years to come. Also, be cautious you do not come off too over confident. As an entry-level employee, it is not realistic to say you want to be CEO in 10 years.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 23, 2016
When answering this question, think about what the interviewer is trying to ascertain from it.  Specifically, they are wanting to see if you have been thoughtful about your future and have a vision/mission for yourself.  This will tell them how driven you are to get to a certain place in your career.  Therefore, it is important to answer with an ambitious, but realistic plan.  It will be difficult for you to answer this using the nomenclature of the company at which you are interviewing, so use more general terms such as 'leading a team of thought leaders who working to change the way we do X' or something similar.  Don't be concerned about alienating the interviewer and worrying about them not wanting you because you don't want that particular job for your entire career.  They want someone who is ambitious, determined, and looking to do great things in their career.
Answered by Patricia, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Monday, September 26, 2016
This is a great question and your response can tell an employer a lot about yourself. By asking this question an employer wants to learn more about your ambitions and how you plan on accomplishing them. Keep in mind that this will also provide an employer with insight on how long you intend to be with the company. When answering be truthful and be realistic... Say where you want to be and how you will get there.
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