“I really want to hear honesty. The major motivation I have in asking it is to see if 1- you have a general plan for the next few years of life, 2- whether I think that’s realistic, 3- how that may factor into your potential role at my work.
Maybe you’re going to be a clock rider. You’re a warm body. We’ll throw small change your way and never give you more than you can handle.
Maybe you’re going to school/moving/whatever and won’t be able to work for us after (x) time. I want to use the time we have to the best ability without wasting it.
Maybe you’re in it for the long haul. We may throw training and extra responsibilities, as well as extra pay, to you that we wouldn’t waste on a short-timer.
Unless your answer is wildly delusional compared to your skills and abilities, there’s not a “wrong” answer. It’s mostly a way to see if your goals match our current and future needs.” – u/random1111