You prepped for the interview. Things are going well. You think you're out of the woods as far as tough questions and then you get this:
"What kind of goals would you have in mind if you got this job?"
What do you say?
How To Answer This Question
Take your time answering
Be succinct and clear
Let them know one of your goals is to support the organization's mission
Tell them you want to be a team player
Say, "I haven't thought about that," or "I don't know."
Say, "I don't really care."
Be arrogant or self-serving
Talk about salary or promotions
What Do You Say?
Keep your goals connected to the organization's mission
Research this before the interview
Make sure the goals you talk about are realistic and within your ability to achieve
Discuss past experiences that show how you have reached these goals
Include examples of being a team player
How To Answer "What Goals Would You Have In Mind If You Got This Job?"
If you're applying for a customer service representative position, you can say:
"My goals for this position are to continue to develop my interpersonal skills by learning about customer needs and being a reliable team player and supportive colleague."
If you're interviewing for a sales position, you can say:
"My goal for this position is to further develop understand customer needs through effective questions and listening. This will allow me to meet and exceed the team's sales targets and help secure long-term customers."
Leo is applying for a sales job. When asked about his goals for the position, what should he say?
While you may not get this specific question in the interview, you can still talk about your goals for the job if you're asked related questions such as:
"Why do you want this job?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What questions do you have for us about this job?"
Remember to be enthusiastic and honest andkeep yourgoalsrelated to the expectations of the job and the organization's needs.