What to Answer to Human Resources for “What Do You Expect From Your Next Job?”
When you’re asked what you want in your next job, the interviewer is seeing if you’d be a good fit for the job. Tailor your answers to the job opening, with honest answers about why you see the job as a good fit.
Rehearsing your responses to typical job interview questions is sound and practical advice for job seekers. However, employers often are looking for candidates who can demonstrate a genuine interest in the job. Therefore, when the human resources recruiter asks, “What do you expect from your next job?” give a well-constructed answer that reflects your research on the organization’s culture, as well as your professional and career goals. And, while you’re preparing for your interview, come up with numerous ways to respond to this question, depending on the direction you believe the interviewer is taking to determine whether you’re suitable for the company and the job.
Using Your Skills
When you’re asked what you expect from your next job, focus on what you have to offer the company. Tell the interviewer that you have a lot to offer the organization — that your next employer will recognize your aptitude and put your skills to use. Describe one or two skills or areas where you show promise and connect them to the job for which you’re interviewing.
“I’m fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. With ABC Company, for instance, as the company moves into Latin American and South American markets, I’d like to use my language skills to help move the company forward.”
Professional development is a respectable goal for any job seeker. If you applied to the company because you learned about its commitment to developing professionals, explain that when you answer questions about your next job. Tell the interviewer what you’ve learned about the company’s reputation. Tailor your response to the question using your knowledge of the company and your career goals that will benefit from company-provided training.
“I know that the organization has an impressive reputation for providing professional development and training to new entrants to the workforce, and I’d like to take advantage of that training to increase my value to the company.”
If you have the good fortune to be interviewing with an employer listed on a “best of” list, such as CNN Money’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, or you know the company has the local reputation of being a good company to work for, compliment HR for being on the list and tie that to what you expect from your next job.
“Since the company is recognized for its advancement of women in the industry, I want my next job to acknowledge that women employees have a great deal to offer.”
Many employers look for candidates who can work independently, though your ability to work collaboratively and cross-functionally will serve you well in practically any work environment. When you’re asked what you expect from your next job, explain the value of collaboration in the workplace. Give the interviewer examples of times where teamwork was crucial to project-based work.
Also, give an example of your conflict resolution skills, because being part of a team is likely to include some obstacles and challenges. When you explain to the interviewer that you expect your next job to include teamwork, it’s important to acknowledge that teamwork isn’t always the perfect arrangement because of the diverse personalities, work styles and individual goals that you encounter.
“I’d like to put to use my experience working as part of a team, which includes my skill at resolving the conflicts and issues that naturally occur when people work together.”
The size of the employer’s business may affect your job choice. If you’re interviewing for a job with a large organization, tell the interviewer that you are comfortable with structure and the hierarchical nature of a large employer. Explain that a large company has strength in its resources which could support your career aspirations.
“I’d like to work for a larger company that has the resources and the people to support my work on large projects.”
On the other hand, when you’re interviewing with a small-business employer, express your interest in working for a company where there’s an opportunity for cross-functional work and that you expect your next job to encourage the kind of cohesive relationships that often thrive in a small-business environment.
“I’m looking forward to wearing several hats that will put my varied skills to good use, and fostering working relationships where we know we can count on each other for assistance. This is why I prefer working in a smaller company environment.”