Where do you see yourself in five years?


Job seeker is little bit nervous in her interviewHR is one of the fields that offer a variety of career growth options. This is true especially in bigger companies. While people typically start as HR generalists, doing everything and nothing at the same time (few simple and repetitive tasks), they will (or should) aim for HR manager, or corporate recruiter, or payroll specialist position later. Or any other, advanced HR role.

Before going to the interview, you should have a look at the website of the company and find out more about the hierarchy in their HR department. LinkedIn can help you if you are unable to locate the information on their corporate website. You should be able to identify some positions, and choose the one where you can see yourself in five years time.

Connect your future plans with the company

Recruitment is pretty expensive. Each company hopes to hire high quality employees who strive to stay with the company for years to come, get a chance to be promoted, and take that chance. They do not want good people to leave the job and work for one of their competitors. Therefore, you should always connect your future to the company where you are just applying for a job. Let me show you a good answer:

In five years time, I would love to have a position of a corporate interviewer, ideally a senior one. I know I have to learn a lot until this can happen. However, I believe I can learn all the basics in your company, on a position of HR generalist (trainee), the one I apply for right now.


No option for career growth

Doign a practical test in an interviewIt may happen that you apply for a job in a small company, where HR department does not exist. In this case, there might be no room for career growth – as there is only one HR position in the entire company. You should spot the scenario and  try convincing the employer that you do not look for career growth, and will be happy to have the same job in five years time.

I do not think about what I will do in five years time. One can be alive, but also dead, you never know. I just want to have a job in HR, and try my very best every day, to become a real asset for my employer. That would make me happy and proud.

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