The best way to actually understand that there is a big difference between six and half a dozen in a interview is when you are being bombarded with these two questions; who are you and where do you see yourself in five years time?
If I may ask, when was the last time somebody asked you to tell him about yourself and where you would want to be in x-years time? You would be wondering whether to first find X or Y. The question seems very simple that even your answer becomes “rightfully wrong”.
Who Are You And Where Do You See Yourself?
Trust me, I used to get confused anytime I come across such questions. I really find it difficult to know the exactl place to start answering the question (should I start with my Age or my Blog?). But, after diachronic and synchronic research, I found answers to such questions and I will share everything here.
Who Are You? Tell Us About Yourself
According to Russel Rhay Basiao
Ok. In real life, Who are you?
My name is <insert your name>, doing <state your occupation/profession>. I am a <state your nationality>, and a believer of <state you religious affiliation>. I like to <state your hobbies>, and I am interested in <insert your interests>.
Maybe say: Nice to meet you after saying those.
In that manner you are giving your audience an impression of who you are and what to expect from you. But you can also skip the nationality and religion part if you are not really into it.
According to Isabelle Smith
Who am I? Is it really what you want to know? Or do you actually want to know who I think I am or perhaps what it is that I value?
Whether we respond in one or all of these categories: career, victims, marital status, personality, evasion, philosophy we cannot achieve a complete answer that remains true throughout our life.
I have pondered over this question since a very young age constantly analysing the essence of nature vs nurture in everything I do.
One day, I just knew. It wasn’t like a revelation of the mind but more like a deep state of peace. I didn’t need words. I was. I am. No labels needed.
I am fully aware it is not a cleverly articulated answer but it is the one that satisfies my sense of identity. I am me, I am Isabelle.
Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years Time?
Pamela Skillings has this to say:
1. “My goal right now is to find a position at a company where I can grow and take on new challenges over time. Ultimately, I’d like to assume more management responsibilities and get involved in product strategy. But most importantly, I want to work for an organization where I can build a career.”
Why We Like It:
This answer offers some insight into the candidate’s goals and interests (becoming a manager, being involved in product strategy) so it’s not too generic. This response also strongly expresses a desire for a long-term career with the company.
2. “I am driven to be the best at what I do and I want to work somewhere where I’ll have opportunities to develop my skills, take on interesting projects, and work with people I can really learn from. Some of the most innovative thinkers in the industry work here and that’s a big reason why I would love to build a career here.”
According to Natalie Severt
In five years, I want to complete the internal training program for my position. I’ve read about it on your website, and I think it’s a fabulous program. Not only would I get all the training for my role, but I would be on the fast track to becoming a project manager. That’s my top career goal. Plus, my ideal path would include working abroad for a couple of years. I understand that it’s of value to you to find people prepared to do so.
As a marketing professional, I want to develop my skill set. At the end of the next five years, I want to know how to use software like Photoshop or InDesign. I want to have a better understanding of social media and video marketing. Plus I’d like to get into project management. I would like to learn on the job. Regardless, I want to look into online or evening courses. My hope is that I can apply my new skills to my job with you.
I’m applying for a marketing position because I want to put myself on a more creative career path. I have a background in law, so I know that I would be most effective in a law firm. I can apply my legal knowledge to inform my work. That should give me an edge that I wouldn’t have if I started over in a different industry. At the same time, I still need to transition. So, over the next five years, I want to develop my creative skill set in this entry-level position. So, my long-term goal is to become a skillful marketing professional within your company.
BABU SAID: After 5 years I would like to become – Team leader – and guide any kind of Queries related to the company and motivate employees for proper work in even hard times by giving suggestions based on my experience and giving good turnover for the company.
UNNAM SAID: I see myself as the person who is having a lot of theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience in the field of finance and able to make good financial decisions for the growth of the organization and also to make a profit.
SARITA SAID AND ISAAC INEGBENEHI VOTED: Its true that no one can predict an exact situation after 5years. But still, I have a very good plan Going with me. First of all, as per my Work experience, I want to join a good company like yours and want to get the abilities to take my responsibility with a bit higher level. Within this five years, I have to take my profession at one level where will be able to see my self as a senior and knowledgeable Employee of a reputed organization.
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