In my experience of giving these interviews myself, and coaching applicants, I believe honesty has worked well. A lot of us don't know 10 years where we see ourselves 10 years down the line - so what i have seen work is that you tell the interviewer that you see your career has 5 year stints. And more importantly, you focus on skills vs actual job titles.
- The first 5 years - you would like to establish your foundation skills. Example - problem solving, working in a team, stakeholder management. Consulting gives you the perfect platform to acquire these.
- The next 5 years - you would like to go deep into your areas of interest and develop expertise. This is where your consulting stint really helps you by exposing you to diverse industries.
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