5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Graduate recruiters ask this question as they don’t want to invest in hiring and training a graduate that will not be committed to their company. Recruiters want to know about your career goals, motivations, and how well they align with the company. This question gives recruiters an insight into whether you have realistic expectations for your career path, if you are ambitious and if the role aligns with your growth and goals overall.
Ace it in 4 steps!
- Showcase your passion for the job position available.
- Be honest and think about your long-term career goals.
- Be well informed about the company
- Express how you would like to grow within the field and the company.
Example: “After reading the job description for this position, I was excited about the company’s role in helping the community and, for this reason, I am so thrilled at the possibility of working with your company long term. In five years, I can see myself developing my passion and experience in youth work. I am looking forward to the opportunity to be fully involved in this area. I’d love to grow more within this position and take on more exciting community outreach projects in the future if the opportunity arises.”
Summed up, these are the five most difficult questions graduate students face during the interview process and the best ways to answer them. With confidence and these tips in your back pocket, we’re sure you’ll nail that grad interview!