You may be asked, “What do you want in life?” during a job interview and how you answer can make all the difference. If you’re highly organized you may have already given this question a lot of thought and in that case you shouldn’t have any problem discussing your goals in an interview. But, if you’re like most people you probably think life will unfold however it does; well an answer like this isn’t going to get you very far in landing that job.
Here are some ideas to help you come up with an answer that gives you the edge:
Write down everything you want out of life. Think big and list what you’re striving for short and long-term. The short-term goals should come first because they will define the steps that will lead you to your long-term goals. Try to objectively evaluate yourself and the things you can do to create a happy fulfilling life for yourself.
Spell out what needs to come first. Maybe it is time you started building a worthwhile career before pursuing all the other things on your list.
Now that you have everything listed, ask yourself if your goals are somehow connected to each other. If you’re pursuing a career in an industry that bears no relation to your long-term goals, ask yourself, “Why?” Ideally, the job you’re applying for should be related to your short and/or long-term goals. Look at the intangibles this job offers, rather than the tangible and you may see the connection more clearly.
Communicate clearly your willingness to commit yourself to this job and this company. The reality is that you probably won’t stay with this job forever, but you need to let the interviewer see that you’re interested, that you’re committed and will work hard to achieve good results in the job.
When candidates suck up it never ends well. Be enthusiastic and interested, but don’t lay it on too think. I just looks foolish.
There is really no perfect way to answer this question, but you can at least show that you have given this some thought. How you respond will depend on how well prepared you are and your level of confidence. If you come off as being sincere, you’ll be fine.
Best of luck!
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