During an interview for any job position, it is a very common interview question by recruiters in UAE to ask applicants where they see themselves in 5 years professionally as well as personally. This question does not intend to check the intuitive power of the applicants. So, you should not let this question throw you off track when you were answering all common interview question asked by your interviewers very confidently concerning your professional as well as personal life. Majority of applicants applying for a job post in UAE find themselves stumped by this interview question. This questions when answered incorrectly can even cost candidates their potential job. It is essential to understand that interviewers are not actually looking for a definitive reply when they ask this question but they are merely trying to gauge what the professional ambitions and goals of the candidate. This article briefly discusses how you can efficiently tackle the “five-year question”.
You should avoid standard answers to the top interview questions and be honest while giving your answer as interviewers have heard the well-rehearsed and rehashed cliches all their professional career as recruiters. While answering the interviewers’ question, you should show that you have not applied for the job simply on a whim and have put some contemplation into your career. You should not resort to lying if you really have no idea where you will be in the next five year. You should add that you still have aspirations and you are thrilled about the prospect of working of your potential employer. It is important to communicate to your interviewers that you have a sense of direction and have professional ambition and goals. So, you can emphasize that you are open to new opportunities and challenges that might come to your way during the next 5 years. Moreover, you would welcome any advancement or career training they would offer to you.
Understand what your potential employers expect from you
While answering the five-year question, you should remember that interviewer do not really expect you to present a roadmap about what you will be doing in the next five years. They want to understand if you have thought about your professional growth or not. They also want to know if you are going to stick around for long or you are going to jump ship for the next great opportunity. You should express that you are going to be long-term and beneficial assets to the company. You will work for meeting both long terms as well as short terms goals of your future employer.
You express that you are eager to excel in the professional role being offered by the interviewer in UAE. One of the good answers is this question is that you would like to continue growing within their organization for the next 5 years. You can research some of the common problems faced by the company that you are applying for and try to project yourself as a long-term solution provider for the company. While answering the five-year question, you should strike the perfect balance between realistic and over-ambitious to the recruiter of the UAE company. While you do not want to portray yourself as a ruthless professional who would step on many toes to claw your way to the top, you also you don’t want to undersell your capabilities to the interviewer.
Best answers to where do you see yourself in next 5 years
Best answers to this question should reflect your future plans, ambition, focus, and commitment to your future employer in the UAE. Your answer should perfectly align with the recruiter you are interviewing with. Some examples are:
“ I’d like to progress in my domain and see myself in more senior roles. This job would give me an excellent opportunity to enhance my professional skills and develop new techniques to help me progress and meet my professional goals. I would like to take more responsibilities that will help the company achieve more success in the next 5 years”.
Or maybe something like:
“I do have a precise position or professional role in mind but my core aim over the next 5 years is to be at a place where I can make a difference. Judging by our discussion so far, this job will allow me to help the company achieve the desired goals in the coming years. I also look forward to taking on more responsibilities and gain more industry awareness in the process.”