Where do you see yourself in five years time?


Retail interview- female interviewer and female candidateEverything can happen in five years time. We can move to another city, we can die, we can preside the board of directors at an international company :). We can live in a different country, and have a completely different life, with a new partner.

Though our future is uncertain, a responsible employee should always have at least some goals and visions. And becasue there are not many career growth opportunities for a typical position in retail, you should say that you would be happy to have the same job in five years time (or another role with the retailer), and that you focus mostly on happiness in both your professional and family life.

Of course, the situation may differ. If you apply for a position of an assistant manager, or for a job in a big retail company that often promotes employees internally, you can say that you would love to have a better position in the same company in five years time. One way or another, try to connect your future with the retailer, and have a goal. Let’s have a look at some answers.

Sample answers

I would be happy to have the same job in five years time. I do not aim high, it is not really my goal to work as a manager. However, I would be happy to find a good partner in life, and possibly to start a family in five years time. That would be a nice scenario.

I see myself working for a good retailer, doing a good job, and enjoying my life. If I feel that my work helps someone, the customer, I will be happy.

I would love to become a store manager in four, or in five years time. I know that I need to learn a lot of things before applying for that position. But I believe that if you hire me and give me a chance as a floor manager, I can learn, and achieve me dream in five years time.

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