Once I have also faced the same question. My answer is this. I want to join your company and work for the company in such a way that my bosses will get satisfied with my abilities and give me enough chance to grow up. So within the next 5 years, I am visualising myself as a General Manager of this company. I don't know whether they have liked my answer or not. But I got the job and joined there as a Manager and after 3 years I was promoted as General Manager of the company.
This is my personal experience. Probably these questions may be useful to know about the candidate's interest in work and his ambitions.
The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.
So, be confident and answer this question in a positive tone. You must show your willingness to work for the company and also show your intention to work in such a way that the productivity and profitability of the company increases and with that you also foresee a bright future for you as per the promotion policies of the company.
A positive and confident answer is what they expect from the candidates, Any doubt or confusion or probable thing in answer will not satisfy them. In addition to academic qualifications they want to see the other traits like confidence and positivity in the candidates.
So prepare your answer in a constructive and positive manner.
Knowledge is power.
No life without Sun
Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.
" It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not" ... Andre Gide
In my interview way back to 1982, I was asked why I was interested to join inside the plant as a Management-trainee and my response was I am always interested to achieve the target set by the management in terms of production. This resulted in my posting in Bye - product plant in the steel industry where the atmosphere remains polluted with dust and ejection of gas harmful to lungs. However, that unfortunate phase passed with my posting in a comfortable laboratory within a year.
Your job is to make the interviewers see you as a manager. For that, you will need to give them a glimpse of the journey you'll take. Make your aspirations more believable.
Frame your response on these lines -
I see myself as being more confident and knowledgeable. In five years I see myself as someone who has developed/bettered his skills and honed new ones. I see growth on all fronts. I would make the best of the opportunities given to me and amass knowledge and skills – learning from the best in the industry and through observation. I see myself as someone that the company will see as an asset. I see myself as someone that you (the panel) can take pride in, for having recruited me into the company.
I see myself climbing the ladder and in a better position. I am confident of myself because I am a quick and enthusiastic learner. I don't let opportunities go wasted. The post I am interviewing for is a dream job, in a field that I am passionate about… And I am eager to work here learn from the best while realising my dreams of becoming a manager.
Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together - Alan Mulally