Jennifer Tardy: Hey, job seekers. Jennifer Tardy here, your career success coach. Welcome back where we continue our job interview question and answer series. Now we have already answered four questions so far. We’ve answered the questions, tell me about yourself, what are you strengths, what are your weaknesses, and why did you decide to apply to this job? Now today’s question that we are going to answer is where do you see yourself in five years? We’re going to have a really good way to answer this question, and as always, stay tuned through to the very end because we have my favorite segment, the career success bonus tip for underrepresented populations or I, as I call them, UPs.
Tune in. You don’t want to miss this episode. Now guys, you know that I always say this, it does not matter how qualified or how skilled you are if you are unable to interview or at least, at least articulate why you or how you have the skills necessary for the job, then you will not be the most competitive candidate. If you’re not the most competitive candidate, you may not get that job. That’s why we bring this series to you. Why would an interviewer even ask you this question? Simple. Two reasons. Number one, they want to know that you can see yourself working at this organization for the long-term.
Number two, they want to see exactly how realistic are you about how quickly you’re going to move through your own career path. They’re asking this question to gather those two areas of details. Now how to not, and I mean not, answer this question. Do not share with the employer that you see yourself owning your own company in the next five years. To tell your employer that you want to own your own company, to that employer it’s a huge red flag. Why would they invest in you just for you to take all of the things, that investment, and to start your own business? It’s like pouring money down the drain. Why would anybody want to do that?
Whatever you do, do not say, “Well, in the next five years, I’m willing to go wherever the money takes me,” and also don’t say, “I don’t really know. I have no clue where I’m going to be in the next five years,” because you should have at least thought about the answer to that question. Pause. Wait. Now have you heard about having a conversational interview? It is an interview where you are more natural and the conversation is more flowing. Hey, if you haven’t heard of it, I have a video for that.
I want to make sure that you check out that video because while you’re in there answering these questions with these interviewers, you need to know how to make sure that you are having a naturally flowing conversational style interview. I’ve got that taken care of for you. Okay? Tell the employer that over the course of the next five years that you see yourself continuing to hone your skills over the next five years so that you can continue to grow at the organization in the capacity that you’re needed, and that you’re able to continue to add value.
Also, be sure to tell them that if this value means that you’re ready or that you’re perceived as