Why ask the pointless “Where do you see yourself in 5 years” questions?

This is boggling my mind. It’s irrelevant because the answer has no merit, and also frees us from self responsibility — for sure you’ll forget what your plans (and your promises) were.

The question is for 5 years from now. Enough time to forget. Enough time to get plenty of excuses.

I’ll offer you 1 reason why I don’t ask myself that, and 1 solution — at least in my view

  • No idea where I’ll be at 5 years from now. No idea what will happen. What you can imagine and can set goals to is — the next 3 months
  • If you ask yourself “What have I done in the past 3 months” — you’ll get better insight into your work habits and what you should change. A lot better than any other ridiculous — 5 years HR no idea why we ask this — questions.

When asking the 5y question — The only plain nonsense answer you’ll get and would provide is “bla bla work ethic, team work, challenge myself” type of answer.

It’s a dopamine-producing, pointless, and selfish question with one goal: Temporary satisfaction.

Set your goals to something imaginable, close, real.

And at the end, do ask — have I done what I planned to in the past 3 months?

If the answer is no, start. Start small, don’t need to finish it all tomorrow. But do start.

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