Interview Question: What Are You Looking For In Terms of Career Development?

Interview Question Career DevelopmentSince job interviews can be scary, you have to learn about yourself, and consider how the interviewer will perceive your answer.


It is important to prepare for your interview days ahead. Besides research and forming and practicing your answers, develop a concrete plan for what you want to achieve in the future. Having a long-term goal in mind is important in order to answer this question professionally. Below are some tips to helpyou avoid potential snags when answering this question.

What They Want to Know

  • How long will you be able to keep up with the company? Will you use the experience you gain to move to a better company? Are you planning on sticking around and contributing?
  • Do you have a life outside your job?
  • Are you the perfect fit for the position?
  • Are you just focused on moving up without paying your dues?

Know the Don’ts:

  • “I haven’t thought that far ahead.” No matter how much of a newbie you are, don’t blurt this out during the interview. Always provide a picture of where you’d like to go.
  • “I want to be running my own company.” Interviewers will likely assume you’ll leave as soon as you have enough funds to start your own company.

Know the Do’s:

  • “I’d like to run my own team.” This will give the recruiter an impression that you have a realistic expectation of what work is required to get to that point.
  • “I’d like to prove myself in my current role.” You can demonstrate initiativeby asking what kind of training and development opportunities the company will provide for employees.
  • “I’d like to earn my way to a promotion.”

Answering interview questions like this one shouldn’t be too difficult. Be honest and illustrate your desire to excel. Being recognized can take extra effort.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 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.