Most candidates I talk with really dislike the question of "where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?" I understand it's a difficult question because truthfully, we don't even know what we are going to have for dinner that night, no less know where we see ourself in 5 years. Unfortunately, it's a question that is asked often during an interview. Sometimes it's asked indirectly such as "what are your short term or long term goals?"
You can search Google and find a mass of answers to that question, but I'm here to tell you how not to answer that question. Not only are these responses a turn off to hiring managers, they don't impress recruiters or human resources either.
Try to be as general as possible when answering that question. There's nothing wrong with saying since you are not aware of the career growth within the company, you are unsure what the next step would be. You can say that any company you end up with, you hope to have the opportunity to learn everything you can about the position and continue to grow professionally within the organization. Whether that's promotions, ongoing achievements and success or continued training. Nothing is ever guaranteed, we don't even know if the company will be around in 5 to 10 years, but a company likes to hire someone who can see themselves sticking around long term and wanting to make a difference.
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