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Interview Questions: How do you plan to achieve your career goals?

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How do you plan to achieve your career goalsPreparing for a job interview requires time and effort. Hearing this question during the interview should never be a surprise. Career goals are great, but preparation should not stop there. You must develop a plan for how to achieve your goals realistically.

To help you put your plan into action, here are some tips you can consider:

Work hard. Hard work pays off. So if your goal is to find a job, exert more effort in crafting the best cover letter. Go the extra mile in learning something about the company. As for your career goals, avoid losing momentum. If you slow down, it can be hard to get back on track.

Accept criticism. If you’re trying to build your career, don’t take negative remarks the wrong way. It is best not to take criticism to heart. Instead, use these remarks to improve for the better. Don’t let negative feedback distract you from doing a great job. Though this can be hard, especially for those who are sensitive, you have to keep things light and respond positively.

Follow your heart. Career goals driven by financial purposes can get tricky, especially if you don’t really love what you’re doing. To achieve your goals, build your career around the industry you really love and have the passion for.

Stay updated. Once you have an idea where your passion truly lies, get informed and learn more about the industry. This way, you’ll know whether the field really suits your interest. Perhaps you can talk to people involved in your chosen industry to learn about the ins and outs of the business.

Have fun at the end of the day. Hard work should always be rewarded. Have fun once in awhile. Working long hours with no breaks can affect the quality of your work and life.

Be consistent. Achieving career goals requires consistency. You can afford to relax for a couple of days and procrastinate as you wish. Though you can enjoy your free time, steady your ship and get back on your feet as soon as the party is over.

Be positive. A generous amount of optimism really makes a difference. If you can’t be more positive in life, things simply won’t change.

Set deadlines. To be a true professional, you should always meet your deadline, no matter what. Do what you have to do in order to get the job done. Once you accomplish something, create a new goal.

These tips should help you draft an answer for this tricky interview question. Don’t forget to be genuine and sincere and set realistic goals. Don’t daydream too often or set the bar too high. Understand that success comes gradually.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.