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“What are your expectations from the company” in a job interview

Some of the questions in an interview can catch you by surprise if you are not prepared to handle them. It does make sense to go through the standard set of questions and answers to help you handle the job interview better. The same question can be asked with some twists but the answer remains the same. For example, this question can be put up as “what are your expectations from the new job and the company” or “what are your career expectations in the company in the next three years.”

Thought process for basic preparation

Candidate thinking the right answer for the question “What are your expectations from the company”

Basic preparation: The logic lies in identifying the keyword and that happens to be “expectations from the company.” Listen to the question carefully before answering. You may have to slightly modify the answer in order to satisfy the interviewer. The interview question “what are your expectations from the company relates very much to your career progression. Two things that you must be prepared beforehand is the knowledge about the company where you are appearing for the interview and how the company looks after its employees. The answer to the first question is easy to get from the website of the company while for the latter you would have to talk to a friend or acquaintance who works there.

Best answer for what are your expectations from the company: I will work for the company’s goals and targets and in return, I expect to grow professionally in my career path with the company.

What are your expectations in a company where you would like to work for? I believe in exceeding the company expectations when it comes to achieving the targets of the company and in return, I only ask for a career growth and advancement through skill development.

What are your expectations from this company? I am hungry for knowledge, experience and expertise. I believe these are the characteristics that can take me places in my career. I expect that the company gives me ample chances to add to my skills.

Cheerful reply as the candidate knows the answer

Cheerful reply as the candidate knows the answer to the question.

What are your expectations of the next company at which you will be working?  I am looking forward to working with this company as I already know about the opportunities that this company offers that can help me grow my career by leaps and bounds.

What are your top 3 expectations from the company as an employee?  I would like to 1) add skills through on the job training 2) grow professionally with the company and 3) advance my career by contributing to the exponential growth of the company.

Some of these answers would look like tall orders if you are not thorough on the basic preparation mentioned above. Also, you must be in a position that you can talk about contributing to the growth of the company like a head of the department or CEO. You can talk about taking your department forward if you are appearing for a lower position and then grow indirectly with the company. We are sure that by now you are absolutely clear on how to answer “what are your expectations from the company.”

A confident candidate who knows how to answer

The confidence of the candidate when she knows how to answer “what are your expectations from the company”

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The author is a veteran of the Indian automobile industry having spent more than 30 years there. The articles are based on the experience and learnings gathered during the course of his career. The writing is also interspersed with the advances and change ideas influencing the careers of the people.


  1. Wow! These are very precise and bang on target answers to the interview question on your expectations from the company. Thanks for making it so simple and effective.

  2. Want to get back to work after 4 years of break due to maternity reasons. What should be my salary expectation having 6 years of experience before the break? What do I say when asked for salary expectations?

    • Let me assume that your last drawn salary was Rs. 30,000 per month. Your colleagues who have continued in the same profession for 4 years are drawing Rs. 39000 to 45000 with or without a promotion. When you join a company after a break in the career you should ask for the same salary that you were drawing last that is Rs 30,000. If your employer is good and considerate he should give you a 10-15% jump on the last drawn salary.

  3. My answer for such question is ‘ I will work for company not only achieve the company set targets but even exceeding the targets, in return, I want company support to excel in my carrer to grow along-with company.

  4. Maintain the good job and generating the crowd!

  5. Hi there to every one, the contents present at this website are in fact
    remarkable for people knowledge, well, keep up the good work fellows.

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