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5. How ambitious are you?

How do you explain that your career path is shaped like a bullet but that you realise you have to get your head down and do this job well and thoroughly? Be honest and enthusiastic but mainly keen to prove yourself in the job you’re applying for.

The key person here is the most senior person involved in interviewing you. They’re the ones looking for talent to join their organisation not just someone to do a job.

This question has many guises. Here are a few: ‘Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?’ ‘In an ideal world what job would eventually fulfil your dreams?’ and even ‘When do you expect a promotion?’

The sky’s the limit

Start from an honest and reasonable answer to the question. ‘Well, I certainly want ...

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