Interview Questions: The Future


Questions about your career goals.

The theme for each of the responses below is: have you thought about the impact of your decisions at the time you made them or do you have a reactive response to most situations.

A person's career often appears to have happened by chance. In today's fast paced, ever changing workplace, employers want to know if they can count on you to make good decisions, not reactionary ones.  

Start with your graduation from college and explain the rationale behind each of your career moves:

When I graduated from college, I was immediately recruited by the 'ABC Company Name'. As my resume reflects, I received two promotions and then a recruiter contacted for the position at the 'XYZ Company Name'.

I've been there for the past 4 years and have learned a great deal, while making significant contributions to my department.

Explain the thinking process that went into make each of those decisions:

At my first job, I was happy to know I would be working in a job that utilized my education. It was exciting to know that within only a few weeks of graduation, I had my first paycheck.

My thinking behind the 'XYZ' position centered on the fact that they have a global presence, it was a definite promotion and positioned me to be a viable candidate for the position with your company.


This question presents the opportunity for a number of potential follow up questions:

How many hours a day/week do you need to work to get the job done?

I use my time efficiently at work.  For the most part, it's not the number of hours I work; but how effective my time has been to accomplish the job. I'm sure my references will tell you I was more than willing to put in the time to be sure the job was completed as quickly and as professionally as possible.

If you stayed with your current company, what would be your next move?

The upward mobility at my current company would most likely be in the global marketing department.

How do you measure success?

I measure professional success by the standards of the company for which I work and the feedback I receive from my peers, supervisors and subordinates. Personally, I'm regarded as a good husband, father and member of society.

Describe your dream job.

As a child, I dreamed of being the starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. When I realized I did not have a fast ball or a change up; I concentrated on my skills in marketing.  

I understood marketing was an area where I not only can make significant contributions, but receive satisfaction from using my talent in a corporate environment.