Interesting Interview Question – When Do You Expect a Promotion?
Most job interview questions have a specific goal or purpose. Perhaps they are testing your loyalty, or seeing how you handle a difficult question. Sometimes they are expecting a truthful answer and sometimes they are seeing how well you lie. In very rare cases, however, you will be asked a question that has no true “wrong” answer. Instead, the employer is simply curious what your thoughts are to see if you have an interesting answer. A great example of this type of interview question is “When do you expect a promotion?”
“I don’t know. Whenever you think I deserve one?”
This is a bad answer simply because it is boring and doesn’t make you appear to have any ambition. You don’t want to answer this question as though you hadn’t put any thought into it, and you never want to answer a question as though the question confuses you.
“I expect to move up in the company within 5 years.”
That’s a bold claim. Move up to where? How are you going to make that happen? This answer isn’t terrible, in that it does imply ambition, but it doesn’t say anything about your choices. It’s an answer that isn’t much of an answer, and though it will get the job done, it won’t get you the job.
“It is my hope that I continue to earn more responsibilities over time. I would not necessarily consider it a ‘promotion.’ A promotion is going to be based on positions becoming available and my suitability for their role. Instead, I plan to continue to earn responsibilities as time passes, and if those responsibilities result in a change in title, so be it.”
This answer provides the hiring manager with some sort of thought process behind your answer. You may want to change your answer to discuss a position you are gunning for, but the important part is that you show how you are going to earn the promotion and why, rather than simply saying you will.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Your answer should include a good explanation.
- Avoid acting as though you will not deserve one.
- Avoid acting as though you had not considered it.