Sunday, 10 July 2011

"Where do you see yourself in five years time" - a very different take

Was out last night and telling one friend about my new job as it was the first time I'd seen him since I'd started. I'd said about how it is an agency temp job and I still don't know how sure how long for but was just glad I'd been given the chance to start without being interviewed in the usual way. We came onto the malarky of the old favourite "Where do you see yourself in five years time", he'd got a brilliant take on this.

He had said how he once responded with "Look I don't care about five years time. I could even be dead in five years time. I'm here because I'm interested in the job you've got going right now." This is so true, they ask that question to test confidence and ambition, but most of the time people really are interested in the job going now.

In my programming days I'd told an agency that I was not suited to climbing the ladder and becoming an analyst and then a project leader, when I had an interview coming up they told me the interviewer wouldn't want to ask me the question and hear me say "I don't want to be a manager" yet that really was the truth, I knew in myself I didn't have either the ability or desire to be so. At the interview itself they said they were expecting the new person to manage the department at times and I told them the role hadn't been as described so I knew I'd ruled myself out.

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