When applying for an internal position inside your firm, you may be asked what you plan to do if you are not hired. The interviewer wants to know if you are only interested in the promotion potential or the firm as a whole. Ideally, they want to promote someone who will stay with the company and grow with it over time, rather than jumping ship for the next chance that comes along. It’s a good idea to ask yourself the same question before the interview and think about your future ambitions, as well as come up with a solid response. What are your long-term professional objectives? What job title do you aim to get next, and where do you plan to go from there? What talents do you wish to acquire? Can you obtain these items here, or will you have to leave?
How to answer this question
Of course, even if you know you’ll need to leave the firm within the next several years, you won’t reveal that information during the interview (whether or not you’re chosen for this specific position).
Instead, when asked, “What will you do if you don’t obtain this job?” prepare a response that addresses their worries. Try to figure out what their aims are, as well as what yours are. Then, search for areas of overlap between their aims and your long-term ambitions, and stress your dedication to the company.