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That Big Question.





Allow me to ask one of the most frequently, yet most difficult questions asked
at interviews; where do you see yourself in five years?

I ask this question with hope that you don't go into fantasy mode or wishful thinking, but base your answer on your present reality and goals. 

Last night I was on a date with someone who's been a feature in my life for several years. He's very enterprising, very industrious and also relatively rich. Yet after some introspection it occurred to me that his businesses don't seem to have a potential for sustainability besides his investments in properties (which strictly speaking aren't a part of his businesses). He engages in a number of businesses and fortunately for him he's doing quite well, but at this point in my life I'm all about the future, which led me to ask him; " What are your long term plans? Career wise, what do you see yourself doing in five years, where do you see yourself in five years?", he squinted his eyes and looked into the distance, he wasn't expecting the question and after thinking or pretending to think about it he admitted to me that he doesn't know. 

To be honest I was quite bummed that someone so industrious and street smart doesn't have long term plans (unless he just didn't want to share them with me, although it didn't seem that way. I actually drilled him hard on this topic). But it didn't bother me as much as it should have because this individual is very hardworking and money savvy. Therefore, although I admit that a visionless person isn't the greatest turn on, I wasn't moved to write him off. 


I've often wondered why this is always listed as one of the toughest interview questions ever asked. Today I'm asking, based on your present job/career/business, your skills/gifts/expertise and your plans/vision; Where do you see yourself in five years?


You could use this post as practice for the next interview, you could also use this to put things in perspective for yourself (as I'm sure some people have never given this much thought), it could be you visualizing your future and putting it in words. Whatever it is, please share this with us. It would be very interesting to know. 

Comments

  1. In a management position! Balancing a successful career with family...

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  2. In five 5 I should be holding a managerial position in my company with a second source of income too.

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  3. I'm sure if i'm in an interview, i'll be ready with a well rehearsed answer complete with all the relevant buzz words they like to hear but mehn...honestly, in 5years i hope to be earning a comfortable living and making an impact doing what i do best...music.
    So....still waiting to read comments and get tips for that well rehearsed interview answer

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  4. I shud be married nd establishing my cosmetics/fashion biz.by his grace

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  5. Man proposes;God disposes...

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  6. If it's in harmony with God's plan for me, In 5yrs I should have my restaurant running with high returns. I don't intend to work for anyone in 2yrs time!
    Married with 2kids & don't with My PGDE & Masters!

    We'll get it DONE by God's grace.

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  7. In five years time,the owner of one Of the most talked about school in Nigeria. Thelma,FLNP,Ruthy,Sasha,Memphis, eeasah and others your kids would attend my school.*winks*.

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    1. Awwwww cute. Amen. See you already making me change my mind about homeschooling my kids lol

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    2. Something to look forward to. :D

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  8. In 5 years time, hope to be happy.

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  9. In 5 years time, i intend to own a massive nail n eyelashes studio. Established and comfortable

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  10. I'm not about giving excuses for him o. But I've noticed there's this difficulty in giving an appropriate answer for this if especially you're not in a professional career. Also, it happens with people who have high capabilities.
    It was same way for me.and some.other smart, successful people I know. For me, I'd give great answers when there's a need. But in my heart of hearts, heaven knows too much things run in my.mind. And the fact that I know I can get them.done when time and resources are right kinda makes me somewhat confused? Not sure? Yet at each said time, I try to be achieving.
    Ok.now you can see the confusion I'm even talking about. Oh well!
    Just to say. You shouldn't write him.off just yet. Instead maybe help to make things align and make the person draw plans on paper.
    Ps: please proofread for me.o, should anyone read this and find errors. Ore body.

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  11. I just hope to b successful n very comfortable

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  12. Married with kids and done with schooling if God permits. Me sef no know dis kain life wey I dey live so, nothing nothing, anyways God dey sha.

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