What Are Your Career Goals

Most hiring managers will always like to know your career goals during an interview session. The reason for this is because job interviews are never about the interviewee, but about the business’ problem that the hiring manager needs to address. Even then, interviewers still need to ask about a candidate’s career ambitions as well as want to know about their future career goals.

Generally, they inquire about your career aspirations since they would like to employ someone who is excited about their job along with where it’ll lead them. This can mean either getting you to a particular higher-level position within 3 years or simply increasing the satisfaction of the work they are doing for a short time. The hiring managers are mostly seeking to know whether an interviewee is simply applying for jobs at random or even taking anything you can get a hold. But they intend to establish that you are someone that has taken time to think of why this specific job fits you.


Most employers do not want to hire an individual who may end up getting bored or maybe leave as soon as they get another job offer. This is often important for a company since when they make a bad hire such as hiring someone who may not fit in the company’s culture, or someone who may not have the needed skills does cost the company lots of money. When a company even considers replacing an employee who leaves immediately after getting hired can equally cost them a much larger amount. Therefore, the incentive for many hiring managers is for them to hire right, carefully especially through their hiring choices.

When you are attending interviews, you likely will come across an interview question regarding your career goals at one point in your search for a job. Here are some things that you need to start considering as you prepare a suitable answer to this question about what your career goals are.

Begin With Your Short-Term Career Goals.

Your short-term career goals could be more calculated and easy to carry out.

Move To The Long-Term Goal.

Your long-term goals at this point are more intentional, and should also show your big picture goals as they will help you move towards your final goal.

Give Details On How You Will Achieve Your Goals

By simply giving a list of your goals will not make any convincing argument for you. It is important that you give some details of ways in which you intend to achieve them. However, you don’t have to go for the interview prepared to talk about your whole career plans. You need to be both brief and specific. When you describe your career plans demonstrates to your potential employer that you have critically thought about your career as well as your future working for their company.

It’s Never About You.

It’s important that you focus on your potential employer and how your goals fit in the company’s and the interviewer’s goals. What you have to do is make a connection of how each of your goals will contribute towards benefiting your employer and have them presented from all angles when you are giving a response.

Keep It Short And Simple

Be sure to have your explanation clear and simple. You do not want to tire your interviewers listening to you speak for almost 15 minutes or more about the whole career goals details. Most of all make sure you connect your objectives to what the role being interviewed, and the employer’s objectives.


Important Pointers

Remember the following points during your interview session:

  • Make sure you create a connection of your answers to the position you are applying for.
  • Mention how you look forward to learning new skills that will prepare you for the position you’re interviewing for.
  • Aim at also mentioning skills and qualities that you possess that would assist you in doing the job.
  • Ensure your career goal you mention here has the possibility of happening to you at the institution you taking the interview with.
  • Be sure to give an honest answer to the question and your answer need to assure the interviewer of your genuine interest in working with and remaining with this company.

Who you desire to be professionally, as well as knowing where you would like to be in the near future, can be tricky for anyone preparing for a job interview. Putting it briefly presents an even bigger challenge. Therefore, practice your response to the interview question “What are your career goals?” And quickly and clearly clarify your objectives within 90 seconds or even less. Then go on and ask about the objectives of the position you have applied for, as well as growth possibilities available to you at the firm. You can start by putting your resume up-to-date and ready for the interview day.

What are your career goals? Please share with us right in the comments below.


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10 Comments Add yours

  1. thepsychogrok says:

    Good post. Thanks for sharing!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Anonymous says:

    The company also wants people with goals period. Not just an employee that doesnt have any.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Patty says:

    Indeed. People tend to forget, they not only for their own benefit (salary, personal development), but also to contribute to the organisation in general.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Yes, people like to focus on themselves and easily forgotten that we need to work and grow as a team in the organization for everyone to be successful.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Patty says:

        You’ve got mail 😉 XxX


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