During a job interview, if you are wondering why you are there, then you know the plan doesn’t fit into your long term career goals. Though you may just need a job right now, it’s important to consider how the next job you take will fit into your career goals. Why does it matter if you just need to be bringing in a paycheck? One reason is simple – the job interviewer may ask you this question and if you cannot answer, you may be out of luck.
What Are Your Goals?
The first step is to understand what your long term career goals are. That’s not always easy especially if you are applying for an entry level position. However, you will want to consider where you want to be in five years or even ten years. Having this information available to you, even if it is buried deep in your mind, is going to help you to answer the job interviewer’s questions and help you to feel confident during the interview.
What If It Doesn’t Fit?
What happens if the job you are applying for really does not seem to fit in with your long term career goals? Here are a few things to keep in mind when the job interviewer asks this question.
• Be honest about getting experience. Be sure that you tell the professional that you are looking for experience in the industry, company or even in the basic field.
• Talk about being open to new opportunities in the future and you are interested in seeing what this job may be able to provide to you.
• Don’t lie. It is easy to tell when a job applicant is not being honest. Rather than lie, simply state that you are unsure how the job fits into your plan just yet.
What you do not want to do is to let the job interviewer believe you are only there until the next big thing or big opportunity rolls in. That’s the surefire way to limit yourself and to cut down on your likelihood of landing the job.
As you prepare for your job interview, realize that this job may not fit into your long term career goals but it needs to be something that is going to benefit you in some way. Otherwise, the job interviewer will likely know and you may even be wasting your time. What can this job do for you?