Re: Interviews: Where do you see yourself in 5 .years

Subject: Re: Interviews: Where do you see yourself in 5 .years
From: "R. Johnson" <rjayz -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 11:32:02 -0700 (PDT)

My answer to this question is always the same:

"To learn as much as I can; to gain as much experience
and insight as possible; to prepare for change; and to
be ready to 'turn on a dime'...

...and also to retire to my villa in the south of
France with my lottery and/or game show winnings,
where I do nothing but play tennis, make art, lounge
on the beach, race around town in my cute little
sports car, and 'lunch' with friends."

The boss/interviewer response is almost always a nod,
a chuckle, and a, "Yeah, me too," at which point I
know I've won them over, and anything else is mine for
the asking so I move in for the kill:

"Now how about that job/raise?" <wink, smile>

Hasn't failed me yet.

Robin Johnson

>This and "what are your long term goals" are my
>least favorite
>My impulse is to say-living, gainfully employed, or
>something equally
>facetious such as Ruler of the Free World.
>Does anyone else have trouble with this question,
>either at an initial
>interview or during a performance review? If so,
>what do you answer at
>initial interview? Do you stick with a professional
>goals (problem
>how would I know where I want to be if I don't know
>what the
>are) or personal goals (retired lottery winner)?

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