Interview Tips

How to answer: How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?

By: Melanie Bacallao
Aug 31, 2020 • 7 min read

How to answer: How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?

Interviewers love to know everything about a candidate during an interview. They want to know not just what you currently represent, but what you will be in the future as well. This interview question falls into a complete series of questions that are aimed at unraveling a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. In this particular one, hiring managers want to know how you’re going to develop your character within a year. The following tips will help you successfully answer interview questions related to how you will improve yourself in the coming year.

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Be Realistic

Know beforehand about what your strengths and weaknesses are, regardless of the subject. Think about what you can do to improve academically, professionally, and personally. In this question, the interviewer is testing to see if you can provide a realistic growth spurt within a year. Note that they’re asking about your future goals in a limited timeframe, so your answers also need to be very specific. Therefore, saying that you will grow exponentially within a short time is not what the interviewer hopes to hear. Instead, say that you plan to overcome smaller obstacles before progressing onto bigger ones.

Example: “Since I’ve only started trekking on my career path, I plan to improve my career development by attending workshops and taking certification courses, I hope to complete within the next year.”

Mention Your Shortcomings

Despite this being a subbranch of being realistic, many candidates tend to overlook their weaknesses and focus on improving their strengths instead of the latter. The interviewer is aware that you have to have shortcomings. It’s a way for you to confess what those are and how you plan to better yourself in a short timeframe. Explaining thoroughly on how you plan to overcome your weaknesses is an excellent way to set yourself apart from other candidates who only speak of their strengths. 

Example: “I’ve been told by my peers and mentors that I’m very disorganized, and I sometimes come to class late. I plan to correct this the best I can by maintaining a proper sleep schedule and a strict alarm system. I’ve already begun practicing being organized by tidying up my house every day, for a start.”

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Keep It Short

Remember that an interviewer’s time is precious and that there are also other candidates interviewing for the same position. Though this question is pivotal, like all other interview questions, it’s not recommended to ramble on for this one. Future-oriented responses should be short and concise while targeting every point you want to make about yourself. It makes no sense to give an elaborate response on a time that hasn’t happened yet. By thoroughly explaining, you may be giving high hopes for your interviewer, or at worst, disinterest them for providing a detailed response. Some questions are meant to have short answers, and this one is one of them.

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