We’ve compiled some tips to help you answer this question, as often companies are looking for a response that’s in line with their own goals and business strategy.

Preparing a plan towards your professional development can also show that you have considered the future in your career and it is on track to where you want to be. 

If you have personal goals or plans outside of work, such as travelling, beginning a family, or continuing education, it is probably best not to mention it. It’s likely the company are looking for a member of staff interested in investing in the long term. Plans like these may be a red flag for the company and ultimately and unfortunately detrimental to success if shared.

Firstly, research the prospective employer to understand the company’s vision, goals, mission and culture.  A brief understanding of the history may even help you to identify whether the company has grown, expanded, merged and give you an indication of their plans for progression.

If you’re unsure where to start, splitting your plan into short and long term goals can help you organise what you want to learn and achieve, professionally, in the short term and how this will help you achieve your long-term plans.

When defining your short or long term goals within the interview, reference the company. It shows your interviewer that if you were successful that your ambitions are that you want to be hired and stay at the company for the long term.

Once you’ve considered your goals, you should work out how you plan to achieve them, so that you have explanations and justifications for each plan and that they are attainable.

Finally, focus the question around both yourself and the company, showing that your goals will benefit both.