Guide on 5 year plan interview question

A person holding a cup

Start by thinking about what you want to achieve in the next five years. Do you want to start your own business? Get a promotion? Move to a new city?

Steps to achieve your goal:

A man and a woman sitting at a table

Once you have a general idea of your goals, you can start thinking about the steps you need to take to achieve them. If your goal is to start your own business, for example, you might need to learn more about business planning and finance. If your goal is to get a promotion, you might need to improve your skills in key areas such as leadership or communication.

Think about the specific skills you need to learn and the experiences you need to accumulate to accomplish each of your goals. Make sure that these goals fit into the overall plan for the next five years.

You can also think about what obstacles might stand in your way over the next five years. If it takes, on average, three months just to get an initial meeting with a client, for example, you might want to plan by developing your networking skills.

Just remember that there are no right or wrong answers to this interview question! The interviewer is simply trying to get a better idea of you as a candidate and whether you have realistic career expectations. Answer confidently and write down the steps you would take to achieve each goal.

List of answers you can give for “What are your long-term goals for this role”?

A woman sitting at a table
  1. I plan to keep learning and growing in my career. I’m looking forward to taking on additional responsibilities, guiding others in the team, and helping our clients work through challenges they face with their business or organization. In five years, I expect to have gained a lot of experience in this industry and to have had the opportunity to work on many projects.
  2. If I could, I would devote my career to working with clients just like you! In five years, I’d love to have worked closely with several different clients, making an impact on their businesses. I’ve always enjoyed shifting my role depending on the needs of each client; in five years, I hope to have had many roles within this organization so that I can continue to build new skills and experience with different clients.
  3. Beyond learning everything I can about this industry, there are a few specific goals I have in mind. For the first year or so, I want to focus on learning as much as possible. After that, I hope to be able to contribute more by taking on some project management work and creating presentations for clients. In five years, I plan to have had the chance to work with a lot of different clients and learn as many new skills as possible!
Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter
Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter