Beauties, did you know that questions about career goals are often asked by recruiters during job interviews? Recruiters may ask, “What are your goals in the next five to ten years?”
At first glance, this question seems simple. However, if you explain it wrong, the recruiter could be dissatisfied with your answer.
According to The Balance, the reason behind asking this question is that the recruiter wants to ensure that your goals are in line with the company’s goals and the job being offered.
So, so that you don’t get confused when asked about your career goals, you have to know the tips for answering it. Come on, see the explanation below.
What Do Recruiters Want to Know?
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Recruiters want to know how long you will stay at the company. Whether it’s for a long or short time. According to Indeed, recruiters also want to understand your career direction and goals.
If your career goals can benefit the company or meet the needs of the position, you may have a good chance of getting the job. Apart from that, these job interview questions also help recruiters to gain insight into the company’s steps that can help you achieve your career goals.
How to Describe Career Goals?
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Make sure you give answers that show your aspirations and determination. Please follow the steps below to explain your short-term or long-term career goals.
1. Determine career goals
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You have to start thinking about the things you want to achieve in the next five to 10 years. A number of these things relate to your skills, abilities you want to improve, work interests, work you are proud of, as well as skills and qualifications that are relevant in the future. Next, you can outline the essence of your career goals.
2. Develop a plan to achieve goals
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The next step is to plan concrete steps. For example, you plan to become a doctor. Of course, you have to go through the pre-clinical period, co-assistant (koas), Student Competency Test for the Professional Doctor Program (UKMPPD), doctor’s oath, internship, and Specialist Doctor Program Education (PPDS).
Briefly describing your steps in achieving your career goals can foster a sense of enthusiasm.
3. Focus on goals that can help the company
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Even though you have many career goals, still provide answers that are related to the job and company. Start by finding out the ins and outs of the company, such as its mission, initiatives, and goals through the company’s website or social media accounts.
Apart from that, you can also read online and print news to gather more information.
4. Prepare answers that are appropriate to your experience
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So that the answers you give are effective, you should align your goals with the qualities and work experience you have. Think about the field you are currently working in and the future steps you need to take. This indicates that you are aware of your current career situation and its relationship to your goals.
Tips for responding to job interview questions about career goals, start by giving a sincere response
Tips for Responding to Job Interview Questions About Career Goals/ Photo: Pexels/Edmond Dantès
While the interview is in progress, you should give a good response to the recruiter. The following are tips that you can apply when facing this situation.
1. Give Sincere Response
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Although you are encouraged to create responses that are appropriate to the company’s position, make sure your answers reflect your true desires. For example, use several company goals that are related to your goals. Raise the topic of conversation about the principles, ideas and beliefs that guide you in making professional and personal decisions.
2. Consider stating your reasons for setting career goals
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As explained previously, companies want to know more about you. One way to explain yourself well to recruiters is to express your motivation in setting career goals. For example, if you want to become a better marketer, consider explaining why improving your marketing skills is important.
3. Give a Broad Response, But Stay Focused
Make sure your explanation is short, concise and insightful. For example, if your career goals relate to obtaining an advanced degree, you may skip information about the college or university of your choice. Then, don’t include personal goals. Apart from that, make sure your career goals are realistic and achievable, yes, Beauties.
Example of an answer to the job interview question “What are your career goals?”, short and long term
Sample Answers to the Job Interview Question “What are your career goals?”/ Photo: Pexels/Tima Miroshnichenko
Since there are short and long term career goals, there will be two examples available. The following is the explanation.
1. Example Answer to Short Term Career Goals
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“In the short term, one of my professional goals is to continue improving my nursing skills. I am passionate about providing the best medical care to patients and am confident volunteering at a local clinic will help me achieve this goal. I would like to apply for nursing skills to help position your company as one of the best healthcare facilities in the province.”
2. Example of Long Term Career Goal Answers
Example of Long Term Career Goal Answers/ Photo: Pexels/Edmond Dantès
“In the next decade, I want to transition from a career in inventory management to procurement. I understand that this career change will require me to develop new skills, and I recently enrolled in an online supply chain and procurement course. I think my experience in inventory management will be valuable to the company and my critical thinking skills can translate easily to procurement.”
So, that was information about how to answer the interview question “What are your career goals?”. Hope this helps and don’t forget to apply it, Beauties.
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