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How to/Not Answer “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?”

black-man-thinking1The best way to answer this question is to put emphasis on growing with the company (he’s a good long-term hire) and taking on new challenges (he’s goal-oriented, proactive), not on a specific title or job description (he’s flexible).

Your response to “Where do you see yourself in five years?” is your opportunity to sell the interview on your commitment to the career path and the position.

Response Examples

“My goal right now is to find a position at a company where I can grow and take on new challenges over time. Ultimately, I’d like to assume more management responsibilities and get involved in product strategy. But most importantly, I want to work for an organization where I can build a career.”

This answer offers some insight into the candidate’s goals and interests (becoming a manager, being involved in product strategy) so it’s not too generic. This response also strongly expresses a desire for a long-term career with the company.

“I am driven to be the best at what I do and I want to work somewhere where I’ll have opportunities to develop my skills, take on interesting projects, and work with people I can really learn from. Some of the most innovative thinkers in the industry work here and that’s a big reason why I would love to build a career here.”

How to/Not Answer ‘Tell Me About Yourself’

  • Who You Are – Your first sentence should be an introduction to who you are professionally, a statement that shows your strengths and gives a little sense of your personality too. This is not easy to just pull it off but it helps to prepare in advance.
  • Expertise Highlights – Don’t assume that the interviewer has closely read your resume and knows your qualifications. Briefly highlight 2-4 point that you think makes you stand out.
  • Why are you Here – End by telling them you want the position and a good reason why, do not show how desperate you are for the job.

Remember: Don’t try to squeeze in too much information, too much information can be a turn off. You will have time later to walk through your resume in more detail and fill in any gaps.

How not to answer ‘Tell Me About Yourself’

  • The Resume Rehash – reciting you resume from start to finish is the worst way to go about it. This will turn to a monologue – instead, give the good stuff to the interviewer but being cautious of too much self-praise.
  • /Ms. Modesty – Be yourself, being too humble or vague will lead to communication breakdown. Be confident and give straight and direct answers.
  • The First Date Approach – the interviewer does not want to hear your likes, dislikes or hobbies, this is not a social meeting. Give professional strengths and weaknesses and how you are tackling the weaknesses.
  • The Clueless Ramble – Avoid over thinking because this will lead to giving jumbled up answers, this will be hard for the interviewer to follow. You might be a smart candidate for the job but this vice can cause you a great opportunity.

A good interview is a dialogue, not a monologue. Keep it concise and give your interviewer the chance to dive in and ask questions.

Phone Interview Technique

Most candidates have a misconception that phone interviews are easier as compared to face-to face interviews. The truth is, they are more or less the same and both of them should be taken seriously. The only difference is that the candidate does not go to the interviewer’s location. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for the phone interview.

Before

Do research on the company and the job you are to be interviewed on, make sure you know the basics about the company, latest developments in the company/organisation and the job description for the job.

Confirm the interview date, time, who the interviewer is and if it is you to make the call or the interviewer (make sure your phone is not on call waiting or call blocking mode).

Customizing your resume to the Job Description

Here at Kama Kazi we are in the business of getting people jobs, so believe us when we say we know the job seeking process and more than that the huge mistakes that job seekers make when applying for jobs.

And one of the biggest mistakes BY FAR is that very few people customize their CV to the Job Description.

Let us put this in context for you:

The employer has detailed out in perfect form exactly what they want in an employee. So why on earth would you not give yourself the best chance of getting into an interview by displaying on your CV what you have that matches that job.

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