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How to answer question of where I see myself in 5 years during an interview?

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“Celebrating the fifth anniversary of you asking me this question.”

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Have you really used this?

Retired, sitting on a beach somewhere without a computer in sight.

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I flip the question back to them—where do you see someone in this job position in five years?

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Yes, especially during the second round when you are supposed to ask more pointed questions. I always preface it with “ideally I would be doing well here but you are more knowledgeable about the firms culture than me so...”

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I would talk in terms of competence in a practice area rather than focusing on the employer. “I want to be a first chair corporate (or whatever) lawyer.”

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What’s the truthful answer?

In-house but I’m tryna lie

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When I was interviewing for a summer position at my current firm I said something like i hopes to be “a third year associate here building my practice and establishing a reputation as someone who does great work and can be counted on”. I thought it showed I was thinking down the road but wasn’t getting ahead of myself with some bullshit like “working to make partner in 7 years”

Do you plan to become a partner?

Some know they want to be a partner. Saying that in response to the question is an acceptable answer. That was the point of the question. For me, my goal when I started practicing was to become a good lawyer. I wish I had planned better while realizing that sometimes maneuvering is necessary. Planning makes a difference.

Doing excellent, rewarding work. Helping junior associates to develop their skills. Planting seeds for client development with my peers at key referral sources. Approaching the cusp of partnership. Or, attending your retirement party.

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