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How to answer “What are your career goals?”

The first step to properly answering “What are your career goals?” in an interview is, obviously, first having goals. Next is learning to effectively communicate them to the hiring manager in an interview.

To start, make sure you have a clear and succinct description of your career goals. This description needs to be phrased in a way that outsiders (hiring managers, people outside your existing career) can relate to and understand. Always remember to frame your career goals in a way that is relevant to the company for which you’re applying — the hiring manager wants to see if you have a future there and if you envision yourself there.

Next, be prepared to elaborate on how you plan to accomplish (or at least work towards) your career goals. Many hiring managers are trained to dig deeper in interviews, and after stating your career goals, this may be a follow-up question to help the hiring manager learn more about you and your vision for yourself.