What are your career goals?
1. The reasons of this question:
This question will test your ability and ambition to develop yourself as well as the ability to plan for the future.
2. Levels of career goals:
• You are not sure about your goals, then answer: I’m rather busy with my duties and goals of the Company; as a result, I haven’t focused much on my long-term personal goals.
• You have goals not or very little relating to the current job: For example, you are applying for a sales manager, but your career goal is to become the head of marketing department in the next 5 years.
• Current job oriented career goals: For example, you are working as a sales manager, you goal is to become the area sales manager in the next 2 years and in the next 5 years, you will be the regional sales manager.
3. “Career goals” tips:
a) You can state some of your goals as following:
• Study for an MBA certificate or other degrees…
• Become specialist in the sector…
• Get to the title of XYZ something.
Note that long-term goals must be set for the next 3-5 years.
b) When you have identified your goals, you need to answer the following questions:
• Are those goals suitable to the job you are currently applying for?
• Are those goals helpful to your current job?
• Are those goals helpful to the development of your current job in the next 3-5 years?
c) How to achieve those goals?
• Identify what you have to do to achieve your goals?
• In the next 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, what will you do?
4. Answer examples for career goals:
• My long-term goals involve growing with a company where I can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities, and contribute as much of value as I can.
• I see myself as a top performing employee in a well-established organization, like this one. I plan on enhancing my skills and continuing my involvement in (related) professional associations.
• Once I gain additional experience, I would like to move on from a technical position to management.
5. List of career goals:
Long-Term Career Goals
• To strategically move into a position where you can lead a team.
• To be able to double the profits of the organization within a specific time period, or start your own business.
• To save enough money to enjoy a comfortable retirement.
• To gain as much knowledge as possible and satiate your thirst for knowledge.
• To convert your hobby into a business.
Short-Term Career Goals
• To manage time properly.
• Not to exceed break timings.
• To be interactive with coworkers, and make an effort to get to know them.
• To spend quality time with the employees, if you are at a managerial position.
• Make it a point to be cheerful at work.
• To excel at the current project you are working on.
• To increase your speed and proficiency.
• To learn a new skill like a computer program or skill.
Top 7 interview questions with answers
1. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
2. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
3. Describe a typical work week for you.
Interviewers expect a candidate for employment to discuss what they do while they are working in detail. Before you answer, consider the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can connect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be at answering the questions.
It should be obvious that it’s not a good idea talk about non-work related activities that you do on company time, but, I’ve had applicants tell me how they are often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long lunch break to work at the gym.
Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you’re organized (“The first thing I do on Monday morning is check my voicemail and email, then I prioritize my activities for the week.”) and efficient.
4. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
5. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
6. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude
7. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples.