Q: Interview question for UPS package handler job? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? People tell me it’s a tricky question.
A: Although this may seem like a relatively simple question to ask, Junior, you’re right, it is a loaded question. The interviewer is asking you to begin with the ending in mind.
According to UPS job postings online, the company actively promotes from within. As a matter of fact, it has been said that “more than 70% of UPS management started as hourly employees.” Is management something that interests you? Are you ultimately interested in being a full-time route driver? Do you want to stay on the warehouse side and become a full-time dock worker? Do you want to go into a retail location and deal more with customers on that end?
What you answer to the “where do you see yourself question” is all of a function of what you want today.
Let’s suppose that you applied for UPS hoping that you’d one day be able to drive a truck delivering packages. Here’s an example of what you could say:
“In 5 years, I see myself employed by UPS, working as a full-time delivery driver. I can envision myself driving my truck daily, throughout my assigned area of the city, enjoying my route and getting to know the customers who live on it, as I deliver their packages. I can see my customers knowing my name, and getting a sense of fulfillment everyday from knowing that I played some small role in making their day.”
While this is a bit fluffy, the example shows forward thinking, it tells what your ultimate desire is for your employment at UPS, over the given time frame, and how you feel about that.