Welcome to another episode of the Winners Ways podcast. I am your host, Bola Alabi. This is episode 33 of the Winners Ways podcast, and on today’s show, we will be discussing how to answer interview questions.


As a career coach, I have had a couple of people come to me to ask for guidance on how to best prepare for their interviews. I typically will sit with them, or hold a phone call to coach them on the interview process. We will then go through a series of typical interview questions and provide ideas on how to best answer those questions.


I enjoy doing this a lot, and I am always thrilled whenever any of my students went ahead to get a job.


I must tell you this; it costs a lot for companies to find and hire the right talent. When you are able to get in front of the recruiter, you already stand a high chance of landing the job. Your job is to close the deal and let the interviewer that you are the best candidate for the job.


So, I am introducing a new series – “Interview Preparation tips.” I will talk and share my ideas about how to respond to interview questions. I am doing this to help my audience prepare and pass their interviews. Today, I will be addressing the popular question, “Where do you see yourself in the future? The interviewer may ask you this question “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?


What will be your response?


For this particular question, the hiring manager is looking for commitment. He/she wants to see if you are someone that will stay and grow with the company.


The truth is that none of us have any crystal ball to determine where we will be tomorrow, not to talk about five years from now.


Still, they want to be sure that you are not just transitioning through their company – that is, you are in today, but you are immediately looking to get out once you found something else that seems better.


So how should you answer the question, “Where do you see yourself in five years.”


I want you to do two things:


  1. Let them company know that you plan to stay with them.
  2. Let the company know that you plan to grow with them.


Have a knowledge of the possible path that your career can take you in the company. You should be aware of the company’s culture and the industry standard. For example, let’s say you are interviewing for an entry level engineering position in a company. Based on your research, you know that you can become a senior engineer within 5 years in the company.


You can respond to that question this way “ In five years, I want to continue to work in this fantastic company, and hoping to grow in my career because of my contribution to my team.”


In order words, tell them about your intended impact on the company.


Let them know that you want to come in and contribute to the organizational goals and objectives.


Don’t just tell them that you want to continue to work for the company. Let them know that you plan to grow with the company, and also that you know you will deliver results for the company in order to achieve the projected growth.


That my friend is impressive.


If a company is going to pay you a salary of $50,000 per year, the company, in turn, is expecting that you will help them to make $300,000 per year. It’s a give and take scenario. You must be able to justify your salary. You cannot be earning $50K salary and only deliver $30K value to your company.


And that’s it.


Now you know how to answer that question – Where do you see yourself in five years? You answer by aspiration & results.


I hope I’ve been able to serve you today. You know what I do on Winners Ways, I work to help you achieve your goals and be successful in your career. Till next week again. Now, win.

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