But do your goals correspond with the goals of the employer? Would your employment allow you to pursue your goals and dreams?
And do you think only about yourself, or do you have the success of your employer on your mind?
The HR managers try to understand all these things while asking you about your goals and dreams. They want to see if they can count with you in a long run, and if you can achieve your goals while helping them to achieve theirs.
What goals should you mention, and what goals should you avoid
The answer to this question depends on the position you apply for. The possibilities of career growth it offers, the plan they have with you, and the type of work–all of that has some impact on the goals you should refer to. We will have a look at different scenarios, and offer some general guidance. Let’s start!
Companies do not like to hire someone for one year
Try to avoid the following answers:
I want to start my own business one day (in a few years).
I plan to go abroad soon, trying to do something with my life.
I want to work for XY company, but it is not possible right now, so I seek employment somewhere else.
Better answers for your interview
If you plan to start your own business, or want to go abroad, do not reveal your plans in an interview. You can have such a dream (and many of us do have it), but it is better to keep it secret. You should rather go with one of the following answers.
I would like to have a good career in an international company (like this one), and grow both personally and professionally. My goal is to become an excellent financial analyst, and to pursue a career in this field.
My goal is to be a part of a successful team, and to play a vital role in the success story of my employer. And I also want to quit smoking.
Personal goals can also resonate with the interviewers
It is pointless becasue there’s no such position waiting for you…
Personal goals will resonate better in this case, and goals that show your determination and will are your best choice. Goals that show that you care about society and family, or about your health, are also a good pick…
My goal is to quit smoking. I’ve been smoking for ten years, and now I am in the process of quitting.
My biggest goal is to lose twenty pounds in twelve months time. I’ve been overweight for some time, and I understand it limits me in work. I really want to get fitter.
I try to run marathon under three hours. I am training hard and I hope to achieve my goal next year.
I want to become a better mother and wife. I am aware of the mistakes I make, and try to improve in the most important role of my life.
Small goals can often beat big goals
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this way of thinking, and many interviewers will appreciate such an honest answer. This is true especially if you apply for a job that does not offer many options of realization, or promotion. Let’s have a look at some sample answers:
I just want to have a good job, a job I enjoy doing, and be happy in my life outside of work.
I want to do a good work in this store, help customers to be happy, and enjoy myself in work.
My goal is to be a good colleague and employee, and to earn a decent salary that will allow me to support my family and people I love.
When possible, you should relate to their business, and things they want to achieve. Try to convince them that they can count on you in a long run, that you do not plan to leave them soon.
Goals you have in your private life, or a simple honest desire to enjoy your job and earn a good salary, can also work well in an interview–depending on your situation, and a job you try to get.
Asses your situation, prepare your answer, and make a good impression on the employer.
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