One of my friends was asked the next-5-year-play in a job interview. He answered this way

I don’t know exactly, but the most important thing is that I continue to learn and grow in my career.

Does this answer sound natural? Would it convey some kind of determination or plan?

  • The sentence begins with "I don't know exactly," which means the speaker has no plan, and which is confimed by the vague statement that they want to improve, so there is not much determination either. So no, it's just waffle and is unlikely to get the job. Feb 29, 2020 at 9:47
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    Contrast with (edit as appropriate): "Yes, I am aiming to secure further promotion within your company, with the intention of becoming a manager, and believe I have the ability and committment to be running my own department within 5 years. That way, I can also secure the best education for my children, who I intend to put through college eventually." Feb 29, 2020 at 10:22
  • @WeatherVane Thanks a lot! The other part of my OP, does the expression itself, "that I continue to learn and grow", sound natural?
    – WXJ96163
    Feb 29, 2020 at 10:56
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    IMO the use of "grow" in relation to working life is becoming a cliché. Anyway, a "five-year plan" would have some definite goals, not be answered by a vague feel-good expression. The learning and growth will be a natural consequence of the very real determination expressed in a plan, not ends in themselves. The sentence comes over a bit like "therapy group". Feb 29, 2020 at 11:03
  • @WeatherVane Thanks a lot! Btw, does "therapy group" refer to "a form of psychosocial treatment" or some kind of metaphor?
    – WXJ96163
    Feb 29, 2020 at 11:21


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