Leaders should know how to set goals. It does not matter if we talk about team goals, or about personal goals. Setting goals is simply important.
Interviewers ask this question for several reasons:
- To assess your true level of interest for the job. If you really want to get this role, you should think about the role and have already some goals for yourself.
- If your goals match with their ideas. It is very important to pick goals that correspond with the goals of the company. In an ideal case, you should speak about their goals (e.g. increasing profits, getting new customers, etc.), and make it to look like your goals…
- How far do you look and how big you think. Do you set goals for two, five, or for ten years? Are you brave when setting your goals, or do you prefer to stay on the ground? As a leader, you definitely should have big goals, and know what you want to achieve in both short time and long time. Speaking about the long term goals, you send a clear signal of your intention to stay long with them, if they hire you. And that’s the right signal to send.
What to answer?
Now as you understand why they ask you this question, it should be clear what to do. You should always have some goals, either the same as their goals, or related to it, and both short term and long term should resonate in your answer. In this case, good answer will differ for each job interview, as conditions are different in each company. However, let’s have a look at one sample answer, just for your inspiration.
I have made my research and thought about the position of your company. My first goal will be to make the process more effective and ensure the quality control staff works well. I will work on the improvement of inter-departmental communication too. Once everything is ready, my goal will be to improve our market share, and implement innovations, in order to become number one on the market. I know it is possible, but it will take few years to accomplish this goal.
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