It is much easier to deal with everyday struggles once you have a vision in life. Following some meaningful purpose–meaningful for you, because at the end of the day what others think about your vision doesn’t matter–you enjoy the process of overcoming challenges, and always getting one step closer to turning your vision into reality. And while we do not achieve all our goals, and may fail to materialize our dreams, it is still better living with some vision, seeing a purpose in what you do, simply because people with vision enjoy their life and jobs more… But what do the hiring managers (or people at school, should you apply for a place in a study program) want to hear from you, once inquiring about your vision in life? We will try to find the answers on the following lines.

First of all, they want to hear that you have some vision, some purpose. You do not go to school or job just because everyone does the same thing. On the contrary, you try to achieve something with your everyday activities, and it drives you forward, and helps you to overcome the obstacles. Secondly, the vision you present in the interviews should make sense in the context of your job/study program application. Let me explain. Applying for a job of a logistics manager, it makes little sense saying that your vision is to become the best veterinarian in LA. Such vision would make sense in a vet school interview, but not in a logistics interview.

Anyway, let’s have a look at 7 sample answers to this question. Read them for your inspiration, but do not copy any of them. Vision or purpose of life is a very personal thing, and not something you should simply copy from somewhere. The answers on my list should help you find the answers within you, while you try to discover your vision and purpose, one you can talk about in the interview but perhaps also pursue in your life. I tried to come up with some variety, and hope that once you are done with the answers, you will know what you want to say in your next interview. Enjoy!


7 sample answers to “What is your vision in life?” interview question

  1. My vision is to lead a balanced and successful life. I know it may seems a bit general, but my idea is to make a successful corporate career, and at the same time start a family, being a good husband and eventually a good father. I know it isn’t easy nowadays, with the pressure in the workplace and the distractions around us, not to speak about climate change, pandemics, and what not. But I believe that if I approach each day with the right mindset, and with a plan, and limit distractions to minimum, I can attain my vision, and enjoy my everyday life. I see the job in your corporation as the next step on my way, and hope you will give me a chance to prove my motivation and skills.
  2. My vision in life is to run my own veterinary clinic one day. It seems far-fetched, considering I’m just in my early twenties and applying for a place at vet school, but it is the final goal, and the image of the clinic in my head motivates me to try hard, to prepare for the interviews, to become the best student I can be, and to overcome the obstacles I will undoubtedly face. You know, I want to work primarily with horses, and have a specific idea of the place–where it will be, the building, the staff members, the marketing. I get goosebumps talking about it, and feel fortunate to be in a position to pursue such a vision.
  3. My biggest vision in life is to help to stop the climate catastrophe. Now I know it won’t be easy, and that my activity–whatever it may be, will be just a drop in the ocean. Having said that, even the biggest ocean consists of drops of water, and just to contribute to stopping the global warming is motivating for me enough to pursue my career in this field, and to apply for a job in your NGO. Because I believe you make an impact, and with the right people onboard the impact can be even bigger. Actually I feel that I am on my way towards the vision already, just interviewing for a job with you. There’s nothing better than to live with purpose, and you can be sure I do not find it hard getting up from bed in the morning!
  4. To be honest, I am till trying to formulate my vision, to find my calling in life. As a good student and intellectually gifted person, I know I have many options. And I definitely want to identify my purpose, since down the road it will help me make the right career decisions. At the time being, however, I do not have it yet, and it is one of the reasons why I want to study business management at your college. Any organization–private or public, needs good managers and leaders. Hence whatever I decide to do with my life in the future, whatever vision I will pursue, the education at your place will only help me on my way…
  5. More than anything else, my vision is to live every day with purpose, and play a positive role in the lives of people I interact with. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter that much what exactly you do–be it employment, business, traveling, or even just hanging around with people. Regardless of your activity or occupation, you always have interactions with other people, and with the environment. My vision is to play a positive role in these interactions, and simply have a positive impact in this great and complicated puzzle called life. And I believe that to some extend I am already living this vision, which is the reason why I am satisfied with myself and my life.
  6. My vision in life is to become financially independent by the age of 40. It doesn’t mean that I do not want to work once I reach forty. I enjoy working, but I want to be financially independent and have a freedom of choice when it comes to my daily activities and occupation. Where else can one achieve such goals than on Wall Street? I know thousands try each year and just dozens make it, but I want to be the best account executive, and I am ready to sacrifice the next five years for my job, and for eventually attaining my vision.
  7. My vision is to become a professional tennis player one day. This is what I wake up for, a train for hours daily. But I also realize life is not simple, and one injury can put a dent to your dreams, regardless of how hard you try. That’s why I apply for a scholarship with your college, because I want to have a great education I can fall back on, instead of relying just on my sporting career. I also want to add that regardless of how hard I try and want to become a pro, I realize that there are many meaningful walks of life. If I do not become a professional tennis player, I can still imagine myself doing a lot of other things, contributing to the society, and living a happy family life…

Ready to answer this one? I hope so! Do not forget to check also 7 sample answers to other tricky interview questions:

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