(Common interview questions and how to answer them)

Good Sunday morning everyone,

My aim is to open each Sunday morning a discussion which is related to the hiring process, on how to land your dream job and continue progressing your career.

Idea is to share best practices and also get your opinion on the common interview questions and relevant topics and hear from you if there were any questions you got during an interview process which you struggled with.

You can also send me a private message if there is any specific career question or relevant topic you would like to be addressed.

Without further due, here a common interview question.

-What are your goals for the future?

Did you ever get this question? How did you reply? Any idea what the hiring person is looking to hear from you?

As young professionals, you may not have it very clear how your professional life in the future should look like and how to reply to this question.

Below some thought process on how to “best” address this question:

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  • What are your goals for the future?

The intention of this questions is to better understand your aim to stay with the company. Most employers will invest in your future and won’t like you take the next best offer or worse, loose strong people to the competition.

Although it is hard to exactly sketch your five to ten years plan you should give some guidance on what you would like to achieve.

If you know, you want to become a manager – this is the time to bring it up: “Once I master and gain all the necessary skills to be an exceptional individual contributor in this role, I would be very much interested to gain new knowledge and take additional responsibilities. I would like to contribute as much as possible value for the company and at the same time grow as a professional. Leading a team could be one option for my career path”.

If you apply for a role in location A and the company has a location B which is very interesting for you – bring that up as your future goal: “ I would see myself for the next two to three years in A and mastering this role. My mid- to long-term would be to see what opportunities I would have to work for this company in location B”.

An advice: as “future” is a very broad term you may want to split it into the following categories:

  • Short-term: 0-1 year
  • Mid-term: 1-3 years
  • Long-term: + 3 years

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Would you agree?

Ps. Have a nice Sunday and a very good start into the new week:-)

Merci

Musti

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