Here’s an interview tip: when you’re asked “where do you see yourself in five years?” Don’t give them your grand vision for how you plan on working up the ranks and eventually taking their job. Focus instead on where you want to see your skillset in five years.
So, instead of saying “I want to be a top performer in the company then eventually build out my own team and run the department;” say, “In five years, I’m going to be the best (name the title you’re interviewing for) in (name your location and industry).”
But here’s the rub—actually mean it—because it’s sound career advice as well. Instead of plotting out how you plan to make your title sound more impressive, focus your attention on the types of skills you want to develop. Then, the question is: what are you going to do to develop them?
Do this, and your ideal career path takes care of itself.