How Does Your Applicant View the Future?

A great variety of questions can be asked during the hiring interview. In the following examples, you want the applicant to give you an idea of what the future looks like:

  • What do you see as growth potential for you personally with our company?
  • Where would you like to be in six months with our company? In one year?
  • Do you feel working for us is a stepping stone for something more important to you in the future? If so, tell me your thoughts on this.

Some applicants have not thought much about “the future” with a new company. Some are looking no further than to be gainfully employed, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. But some have a very definite vision of where they’d like to be and how much of a contributor they can be for you.

The above questions, and others like them, will provide some great insights into this area.

Note: I was asked not too long ago what “gainful” meant in terms of gainful employment. I have to admit I had to look it up in the dictionary. “Gainful” employment is work for which one is paid.




As the law varies in each area, please check with an attorney to ensure you are applying these tips within the law.


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1 thought on “How Does Your Applicant View the Future?”

  1. Klaus Genstch

    Awesome Stan. There you can see a lot of affinity coming out of the right people when asked these questions.

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