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How do I answer this interview question: Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

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Yichi’s Answer

I think for the interview you can align your careers goals/visions with what the job is looking for- for example, if you are interviewing for a consultant role for a specific industry, you can say something like "become subject matter expertise for that industry and develop consultative skills to be the trusted partner for my client for any strategy related questions.." Or if you are hired to grow a newly formed team, you can say "help grow the team and potentially take on leadership roles to manage/mentor more junior members." Try to tailor your answers based on the job descriptions and prove how you can add value to the role and company that you are applying to.
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Tiffany’s Answer

Hi Candace! That can be a tricky question to answer in an interview, especially because most of us don’t even know what we’re having for dinner! My best advice would be to focus on what your goals are for the position or company you’re applying for. The interviewer wants to know if you have plans to stay in the position you’re applying for and that this isn’t just a short term plan. They also want to know what your long term goals are to make sure that they align with what the company has to offer. Keep in mind that the goal of a recruiter or hiring manager is to ensure that employees that they’re hiring fit the needs of the company but also that you’ll be happy and likely to stay since retaining employees benefits the company overall by saving them time and money.
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Lucie’s Answer

Always have prepared your interview beforehand and look into the career path of the job you are applying to.
For example: For the role of sales engineer, in 3 years I see myself having the experience and leverage to become regional manager.

You can also go backwards by saying, my long term goal is X and in order to get there, in 3 years I probably need to be at Y.

The hiring team mainly wants to know that you have a plan and you are not floating around, also they want to see that you can picture yourself in the role.

Hope this helps,
Cheers
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Warren’s Answer

I think you can approach this from a different perspective and talk about you as a person. Attributes like successful (particularly from a work accomplishment perspective), more confident, someone who has taken every mistake as a learning opportunity, someone with a strong drive to achieve and someone that my peers appreciate and want to work with.
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Candace’s Answer

Hi Jessica!

Personally my goal in three years is to have moved up in the company I work for and also secure a publishing deal for my music. Balancing those two sides of my life has been difficult but I am motivated to make it happen! I really like writing out my goals to help me visualize them and remind myself of what I am passionate about. I think that if you have goals you are trying to reach it is always important to write them down in place where you can see them frequently!
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Thalia’s Answer

In three years I would have graduated from college and would hopefully be working as a first year analyst at a company. I would hope to be learning from my peers, and navigating my first year as a full-time employee. It may be challenging at first, and knowing myself I would dedicate a lot of time to my work, however, I hope I remind myself every step of the way that it is important to balance work with personal life.

Something to remind yourself when thinking about where you would visualize yourself in a couple of years do not be disappointed if you do not reach that point. Sometimes we often find other goals we want to accomplish along the way and find out new passions and interests which is why it is great to jot down all your accomplishments along the way to remind yourself you are doing great!
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Ram’s Answer

I am not sure where I see myself in three years, but often times people forget that not knowing where you will be in a few years is okay! I am a very much live in the present type of person, and I believe that each experience I have will help me figure out what type of role I am interested in and eventually lead me to the career I am meant to pursue.
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Thalia’s Answer

In three years I would have graduated from college and would hopefully be working as a first year analyst at a company. I would hope to be learning from my peers, and navigating my first year as a full-time employee. It may be challenging at first, and knowing myself I would dedicate a lot of time to my work, however, I hope I remind myself every step of the way that it is important to balance work with personal life.

Something to remind yourself when thinking about where you would visualize yourself in a couple of years do not be disappointed if you do not reach that point. Sometimes we often find other goals we want to accomplish along the way and find out new passions and interests which is why it is great to jot down all your accomplishments along the way to remind yourself you are doing great!
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