The best way to respond to the interview question "What are your goals for the future?"
Don't discuss your goals for returning to school or having a family, they are not relevant and could knock you out of contention for the job. Rather, you want to connect your answer to the job you are applying for. Examples of good responses include:
=> My long-term goals involve growing with a company where I can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities, and contribute as much of value as I can.
=> I see myself as a top performing employee in a well-established organization, like this one. I plan on enhancing my skills and continuing my involvement in (related) professional associations.
=> Once I gain additional experience, I would like to move on from a technical position to management.
=> In the XYZ Corporation, what is a typical career path for someone with my skills and experiences?
Be honest but stay positive. Of course, your answer should be based on the real reason you left, but put a positive spin on it. That means, you should try to frame your honest answer in the most positive way possible.Do not lie, be truthful and honest but do not be harsh on a previous employer. So answer truthfully while at the same time NOT talking about the company or staff in a negative light. More info on why you left a job would help to give applicable suggestions. You TELL them why you left! . Make it sound as positive as possible though. Put the reason you are no longer at your last job in your question. Unless you were laid off or the company had relocated you too far, just say "it's a career move." It's better not to go into the specifics. Always keep in mind that your interviewer is looking for a positive, motivated, hard-working candidate. No potential employer wants to hear your gripe about a prior boss or talk poorly about a previous employer. She or he wants to hear about your potential as a superstar at the position you are seeking.
Sometimes it's best to talk about short-term and intermediate goals rather than locking yourself into the distant future. For example, "My immediate goal is to get a job in a growth-oriented company. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. I hope to eventually grow into a position of responsibility."