What are your goals?

This is a pretty straightforward question. The interviewer wants to know what your goals are, and whether or not you even have any. You need to be able to show that you are ambitious which in turn will prove that you are willing to work towards something. The interviewer may also ask you something along the lines of "What are your long-term goals?" and "Where do you see yourself in five years?"

However, your goals should be too ambitious either, such as in 5 years, I will be the CEO of this company. Your goals should be realistic; otherwise you will come across as an unrealistic dreamer. Also, if you are too ambitious, you may come across as a ruthless tactician who won’t let anyone or anything, including this company stand in their way. This may make the interviewer think that you do not care about the company, but rather will only look after yourself, and will not have any scruples about leaving this job or this company if and when a better offer presents itself, or worse even be willing to betray the company to get where you want to go.

Another purpose of this question is to see that you are self-aware and know what you want, after all if you don’t know yourself how will you know what you want. Not only should you be self- aware but you should also be capable enough to communicate it to the interviewer.

The ideal answer to this question is to give a goal that is not too narrow or too broad in its scope, while also being realistic and achievable with hard work and dedication; a long order for any one answer. Try to give a goal that would also benefit the company, so keep in mind that anything along the lines of I want to get an MBA and start my own company will not go over so well. While that goal is admirable, such an answer will show that you are not happy with what you are, you are already planning to take time off and that you don’t see yourself sticking with this company for long, and are instead planning to leave to pursue your own thing.

Your goals are your own; nobody else can answer this question for you so look within yourself to find what your goals actually are. In terms of the interview, stick to realistic goals that show you want to learn and grow, hopefully within the company. Try to think about what the company and the interviewer would like to hear, and then mold your own answer around it.

An Example of how to answer this question:

I feel like your goals should help you move along to a larger long-term goal. I would like to grow within an organization where I can continue to learn and take on additional responsibilities, so that I may be able to contribute as much value as I can. Eventually I would like to grow to a leadership position so that I may be able to help others grow.

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I feel like your goals should help you move along to a larger long-term goal. I would like to grow within an organization where I can continue to learn and take on additional responsibilities, so that I may be able to contribute as much value as I can. Eventually I would like to grow to a leadership position so that I may be able to help others grow.

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