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7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

Jeff Hindenach | MonsterCollege

April 14, 2010


3. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?


Why It’s Stupid: No one can tell where they are going to be that far into the future. Life happens. Things change. Which is why this question frustrates most job interviewees. But the question also seems to set a trap, making the interviewee answer in terms of where they see themselves within the company, afraid that any other answer will disprove their loyalty.

What It Really Means: No company expects you to swear a lifetime allegiance to the company during your interview. The question is a chance for you to speak to your long-term goals, give the company a better idea of your career development plan and how it could progress with the company. It also gives you a chance to speak to your strengths and highlight the areas where you believe you’ll grow the most.



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    Etiler

    over 2 years ago

    28 comments

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    Frank_Ball

    about 4 years ago

    19756 comments

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    Nic

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    So long as they don't do that infantile "why did you take the pen from me" thing, I'm willing to put up with a fairly high level of idiocy when it comes to job interview questions.

    My sister on the other hand... she got asked which character from Friends she would be. She had never seen it (still hasn't), told the interviewer so and then asked how the question was relevant to the position she was applying for. She didn't get it, obviously, but after being asked that question, she didn't want it. It was jobs.com/">graduate jobs she was applying for. A certain level of intelligence was expected from her and she expected a certain level of intelligence from her interviewer.

    I wouldn't necessarily recommend mouthing off to your interviewer the way she did but if you get a question like that, chances are you don't want to work for that company.

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    Peanut15

    over 4 years ago

    6 comments

    These are some of the tough questions I have stumbled through in interviews and I thank you , I will certainly be comfortable now that I have written down my answers as I read your column.

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    phani_lakku

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    what is the best answer for "why should i hire you? "

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    joy4life

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    These questions can get some strange answers. As an Interviewer I no longer ask, "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" One applicant replied, doing your job, of course. Then there was, "tell me a little about yourself." Well, he started with being born, literally! Even in my own interviews, if I am asked about weaknesses, my response is, "how will that make me look beside someone who is perfect." Anyhow, when these questions come up and I am sure they will again, I use them as an opportunity to inject a moment of levity into an otherwise stressful interaction.

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    suburban

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I say review my resume, check references and make a damn decision. Don't have me meet with 5 people, spend 2 hours and then send me a letter in the mail saying; we wish you all the best but we've decided to go with someone else.

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    rmatthews

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I for one thing avoid these idiotic questions when I interview because people are trained for these answers. I like real responses from random laid back questions whether they come out right or not to see how applicants handle themselves.

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    hooveret

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I wonder what some of the correct/good answers would be?

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    mrdfleming57

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Interviewers have their right to ask questions, that seem to be important. It closes the great viod, of not anything about someone to knowing something. The real purpose of the interview.
    I think a lot of the questions could be answered by just noticing the interviewee and the fact that, " Hey, this guy wants a job "
    I think if future employers took us seriously, we would ALL be working !

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    maejone

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Hmm, interesting article. Thank you! :)

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    brownlace

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Thank you so, so much Monster College. Not it aaaall makes sense. :)

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    arocha

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    very good article. Interviewers definitely ask these questions and more. Thanks for providing it for us in this day in age it is hard to read the interviewer and sometime the interviewer is not even the person that you are going to work with.

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    LloydSmith

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This is great! If only I could have read this two months ago...

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    Sonya437

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Excellent and Insightful! Thank you for the knowledge!

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