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

Subject: Re: Interviews: Where do you see yourself in 5 years
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 11:52:29 -0700 (PDT)

"J Bailey" wrote...

> This and "what are your long term goals" are my least favorite questions.
> 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 an
> initial interview? Do you stick with a professional goals (problem being
> how would I know where I want to be if I don't know what the opportunities
> are) or personal goals (retired lottery winner)?

This is a great of the best. It can show two things about

A. You have a sense of humor. It is good to say something like "filthy rich and
living in paradise" and then laugh at it. This demonstrates that you're not a
tight-ass creep.

B. Express your real goals. These can demonstrate that you can set goals, make
a plan, and work toward getting them done. Which is a mirror for how good
employees work: determine the goal, make a plan, accomplish the goal.

People without goals are terrible employees. They typically have no motivation
to do anything above the absolute bare minimum. They just want to get their
check, cash it, and go home. Why should ANY company hire a person like this?
These people can work at 7-11.

While there are many other good questions to ask in an interview, this one is
absolutely vital. Not only should a person have goals, but they should have a
plan to accomplish those goals.

Andrew Plato

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