HR is one of the fields that offers a variety of career growth options. This is true especially in bigger companies. While one typically starts as an HR generalist, doing everything and nothing at the same time (few simple repetitive tasks), a goal of each responsible employee should be to specialize later, and become either an HR manager, or corporate recruiter, or payroll specialist. You may also try to get any other specific 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 HR department. LinkedIn can help you if you are unable to locate the information on company’s website. At least you should be able to identify some positions and choose the one where you 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 work within the company, get a chance to be promoted and take the chance. They do not want good people to leave the job and work for one of the competitors. Therefore, you should always connect your answer to the company where you apply for a job. Let me show you a good answer:
In five years time, I would love to have a position of corporate interviewer, ideally a senior one. I know I have to learn a lot until this can happen. However, I believe it can happen in your company, on a position of HR generalist (trainee). After I can get promoted to better position.
No option for career growth
It 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 this situation and convince the employer that you do not look for career growth and will be very 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 to do a good job and be an asset for this company. It would make me happy and proud in my daily life.