When I was an engineer, the campus placements were on full swing ... well, not so full ... it was the Dot Com Bust of 2002, remember?
So a new firm had come to campus - IRIS. And I was intent on getting placed. The interview was going well and I seemed to have the technical part of the interview clinched (whew!). Now the hard part ... the HR round. Some weird questions were thrown in, but I got them or dodged them safely ... then the head HR (Jayaraman, as I would soon find out) asks me, "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
I had not thought of this question (I was green under the gills, cut me some slack here!!). The smart alec inside me wanted to blurt out ... "On the other side of the table" ... I did not. I gave some simple minded answer and that was that.
5 years hence, I am taking interviews ... and I AM on the other side of the table.