Interview Question: What are your short and long-term goals?

short and long-term goalsKnowing (or not knowing) what you really want in life can make or break your interview. Read on to learn how to tackle this question.

If you are an organized person, this question may not be difficult to answer. Perhaps you have a concrete goal in mind. If so, then consider yourself lucky. You won’t have a problem answering goal-related questions. However, if you find yourself among the majority of people who let life happen as it rolls along, then it’s time to prepare an answer.

Here are some tips to help you craft an answer that will give you an advantage:

Get focused. Get a piece of paper and jot down all the things you really want in life. What are your short and long-term goals? List your short-term goals first. It will be easier to figure out your long-term goals once you have a clear idea of what steps you need to achieve. This process is a chance for you to evaluate yourself and ways to make your life even better.

Prioritize. Always know which steps come first. Perhaps you want to start building your career before pursuing other things you want in life.

Your goals should be related. Now that you know your short and long-term goals, make sure these goals are connected. It’s difficult to work in an industry that isn’t related to a long-term goal. Whenever possible, your goals should be related to the job you’re currently applying for. Focus on the intangible qualities of your work instead of the tangible.

Show your commitment. Show the employer how willing you are to commit to the company. Of course, you may not stay with the organization forever — but it’s important for the employer to see interest, commitment, and drive to produce positive results.

Don’t suck up. Sucking up is always a bad thing. Though you want to show enthusiasm for the organization, avoid overdoing it.

Before the interview, it is important to know that there is no perfect answer to this question. The way you deliver your answer lies in your confidence. Remember to be sincere.

Best of luck!

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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.