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Interview Answers To Questions About Your Ambitions

  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?

This can be a difficult job interview question to answer, especially if you've not thought beyond getting this job!

When you answer, you want to sound ambitious enough to be motivated to do a good job, but not too ambitious in case your interviewers think you're only using this job as a stepping stone to something better.

A good interview answer might me that you expect to have been successful in the job and taken on additional responsibilities and be considered suitable for promotion.

  • How does this job fit into your career plans?

This is a similar job interview question to the one above really, except that it looks beyond five years. Be realistic.

You might say something like this if you're going for a middle-management position:

"My ambition is to lead a department and be involved in strategic decision-making at a senior level. I expect the role I'm applying for to give me more experience of leading and some introduction to strategy so that I'm ready for a senior role in a few years time".

  • Where did you think you'd be at this stage in your life?

Avoid saying further than you are now!

It's better to show you've met or exceeded your ambitions than fallen short of them. Tell the interviewers that you are happy with your life and career, but are looking for more challenge as you like to stretch yourself to achieve more.

  • If you could start again, what career decisions would you make differently?

You're on sticky ground if you start trying to think of hypothetical career changes that might have served you better in the past. Your answers to interview questions will suggest you're not happy with the way things are and no-one wants to hire an unhappy person.

So the best answer is that you wouldn't change anything. That you are happy with your career as it is now but want fresh challenges. You might add something like:

"I'm not the kind of person who looks back with regrets. I prefer to invest my energy looking forward".

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