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How to handle “what are your goals” interview question?

Every responsible person has some goals in their life. But do your goals correspond with the goals of the employer? Would your employment with them allow you to pursue your goals and dreams? And, do you think only about yourself, or do you have their success also on your mind?

They try to understand all these things when asking you about your goals. They want to see if they can count with you in a long run, and if you can achieve your goals, helping them to achieve theirs.

What goals should you mention, and what goals should you avoid?

The answer depends on the position you apply for, the possibilities of career growth it offers, the plan they have with you, and the type of job. Let’s have a look at ti now.

Companies do not like to hire someone for one year

Unless you apply for an interim or temporary position, companies will always want to hire you for a longer time. Recruitment is expensive and they simply do not want to repeat the whole process again and again, just because new hires leave after they spent three months in the company.

Try to avoid the following answers:

I want to start my own business one day.
I plan to go abroad soon.
I want to work for XY company, but it is not possible right now.

 

If you plan to start your own business, or to go abroad, do not say that in an interview. You can have such a dream (and many of us have it), but it is better not mentioning it. Alternatively, you can go for 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 over time. My goal is to become an excellent financial analyst.

My goal is to be a part of a successful team, and to play a vital role in its success story. And I also want to quit smoking.

 

Personal goals can also resonate with the interviewers

Not every job offers some career growth options. If you apply for a secretary job, a receptionist position, of let’s say, for a job of a firefighter, it will be pointless to talk about promotion in work, or a better position in the company, because there isn’t any waiting for you!

Personal goals will work better in this case, and goals that show your determination and will are your best choice.

My goal is to quit smoking.

I try to run marathon under three hours.

I want to become a better mother and wife.

 

Small goals can be better than big goals

We can’t all become CEOs, or professional athletes. Many people are happy in simple jobs, and all they want to do is having a job, earning money, and enjoying their life outside of work. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and many interviewers will appreciate such an honest answer from a job applicant.

I just want to have a good job, a job I enjoy doing, and be happy in my life outside of work.

 

Asses your situation, prepare your answer for this question, and show them that your goals correspond with what they can offer to you.

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InterviewPenguin.com Team wishes you good luck in your interview!