Originally posted 3.24.12 at www.Forbes.com.
"If you want to know what my five-year professional plan is, ask me what I do on a Sunday afternoon and not what’s ticking on my career clock."
I was in a job interview last week that was going well. I was connecting with my interviewers, I’d done my research on the position, and the job sounded like it would be a good fit for my writing skills and desire to mentor undergrads.
Then came the killer question: “Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?”
This question really only has three answers, and when posed to an ambitious Gen-Y candidate, none of them will make you look good. Here’s what I mean: