When you get asked about your career goals, the hiring manager is trying to make sure that your goals line up with what you would be doing in their company. They want to make sure that you won’t leave for a new job right away. This question also helps them determine if you are a good fit for the company. If your goals match up with what you would be doing or could be doing with them, it will indicated that you could succeed at this company.
Points to Emphasize
Now that you know the interviewer wants to know if your goals line up with those of the company, there are a few things you want to make sure to include in your answer.
- Connect your answer to the job you’re applying for.
- Talk about how you want to learn new things that will make you better in the position you’re applying for.
- Try to bring up skills and traits that you have that would help you do the job.
- Make sure that the goals you talk about could happen in the company you are interviewing with.Answer the question honestly and in a way that assures the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in working for and staying with their company.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
There are also a few things that you should avoid saying.
- Do not mention goals about going back to school or starting a family. This may make it seem like you won’t be with this company for the long haul.
- Do not mention a career path that couldn’t happen in the company you are interviewing with.
- Be careful not to start bragging about what you think you will accomplish.
- Don’t give a wishy washy answer.
Make sure to give a well thought out answer to show the hiring manager how eager you are to work for them.
Here is a good sample of an answer about career goals:
I want to continue learning new techniques that will make me a better technician. I really strive to be the best that I can be, which means that my goals include staying current which means I will attend seminars and workshops. I also want to use the knowledge that I gain to help others reach their top potential. I could see myself being a great leader and manager who pushes the employees to be better and therefore make the company better.
It is important to remember to keep your answer positive, concise and in line with what the company does. This will show the interviewer just how much you want to work for them.