Wanting a promotion isn’t bad. But not every org is ready to give one.
Ever received similar feedback?
Don’t sweat over it too much as it’s actually a classic example of a “red flag”.
If the company’s HR is not considering career advancements as a natural thing for an experienced professional, they are probably not the best fit for you.
As long as you are making realistic requests of course. Few corporations will make you a CEO in 5 years if you are joining as an entry-level customer support…but, hey, it’s OK to say that you expect some sort of growth.
Now as for this very common interview question – where do you see yourself in five years? – here’s what you can say:
- I want to develop more experience/skills/knowledge in subject X and gain more responsibilities related to Y.
- I really feel that I will become more competent in X and this would put me on a fast-track to becoming Y.
- In 5 years, I see myself successfully doing X and achieving the Y benefits for your company.