Where do you see yourself in 5 years' time?

4/30/2019, By Adrian Choo

"Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?" This is a cliched but common question interviewers ask.

What would be a good response? As I always say, "What is the question behind that question?"

In this case, the interviewer just wants to align your 'career expectations' and find out what your 'career vision' is.

Instead of answering with a 'Job Title' ("I want to be a Director in 5 yrs time"), respond in terms of specific skill-sets or area of responsibility.

"I'd like to lead a regional business." "I see myself being able to spearhead multi-million dollar government deals." "I want to be the subject-matter-expert in Compliance for APAC."

Come prepared for this question and have an intelligent and impactful response. The job's yours! 

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