Having goals shows interviewers you care, are ambitious, and can think ahead. Having a plan for how you’ll achieve your goals demonstrates your self-motivation as well as organizational and time management skills. Finally, the fact that you’ve accomplished past goals you’ve set for yourself is proof of your ability to follow through. All together, these are indications that you can not only set and achieve goals of your own, but also help your prospective boss, team, and company do the same. To craft your answer, make sure you focus on one or two goals in detail, explain why the goals are meaningful, communicate what milestones are coming up, highlight past successes, and connect back to this job.
To be authentic, the answer needs to be uniquely you and show your passion. However, there are some elements that could be important:
- You own your career so it’s your ride, not the companies. You hope they will work in partnership but it really comes down to you.
- You need to be constantly scanning the labor market and adapt to the new requirements. Get ahead of the wave, not pounded by it.
- Have a plan to make connections and gain skills that take you to the next step.