"So ... where do you see yourself in five years?" I've never enjoyed answering this question, and I’m not alone. Most people squirm uncomfortably when this question is asked. People don’t squirm because it’s a tough question, people squirm because it’s a bad question. Sure, it’s better than, "If you were an animal, what animal would you be?" But it’s still bad, because the answer does not tell you what you think it does.
Hiring managers, do you interpret a decisive answer to this question as a good indicator of a candidate’s drive and ambition? It’s not. Do you interpret an uneasy answer to this question as a candidate’s lack of goal orientation? It’s not.