Recruiters will ask specific questions regarding your career goals and objectives to test your motivation and passion for the specific job or field of work in question. The questions also aim to determine how deeply you have thought about your objectives and how you are planning on achieving your career goals. Be prepared to explain your actions and your career objectives during your job interview.
Identifying Career Goals
A recruiter may ask you to define your career goals. Do not be afraid to provide more than one objective or goal, as many people have short-term goals to help them reach and complete their long-term goals. The recruiter wants to see if your objectives are related to the company and how much it will play a role in completing your personal goals. For example, a recruiter interviewing you for a customer service position at a bank may not find you to be the ideal candidate if your career objectives focus on becoming an independent photographer.
Five Years Down the Road
Recruiters want to know that you are thinking about your career and where you want to find yourself years down the road. Although you may take the answer literally, you should focus the answer on the possibilities within the business. The recruiter wants to see that you have done your research and that you see the company as a possible location to grow your career.
Choice of Career
Your career objective may reveal your dedication to the job or field of work, but may not provide the recruiter with the reason why you are passionate about the job in question. The recruiter may ask you to explain why you have chosen this particular field of work, especially if it is demanding or hard. Provide an answer that reveals your passion for the industry. If possible, explain how the company in question is a good place for you to fulfill your passion.
Planning and Achieving
The recruiter may ask you to explain how you plan on achieving your career objectives, especially if they are broad or ambitious. Rather than simply stating that you will work hard and consider opportunities as they arise, provide a plan that you feel confident in achieving. The recruiter wants to know that you are determined to reach your personal career goals despite the hard work and years of dedication it will take to get you there.