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Old 12-17-2020, 05:25 PM   #61
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Is this company sure they will still exist in 15 years?
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Old 12-18-2020, 07:30 AM   #62
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Is this company sure they will still exist in 15 years?

Yes RxMan this is one of those companies that are "too big to fail"
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Old 12-18-2020, 07:56 AM   #63
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I am fine with having less "prestige" and much less money in exchange for less stress and greater work life balance because I have achieved financial security after working hard for 25 years. Is that really so difficult for a hiring manager to understand?
Oh they understand, but that is a red flag. What they hear is: "listen I don't need a promotion, so I'm not gonna perform like I want one either" and that spells mediocre employee. No one wants to hear you want work-life balance.

Similarly, overly ambitious candidates who are transparently aiming to leapfrog up 6 months after they take a role are often non-starters. I've conducted interviews where someone was clearly looking for my job, not the one I was hiring for.

Striking that balance is always a trick.
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Old 12-18-2020, 08:02 AM   #64
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You want to talk binding contract, lets talk; otherwise if you can let me go then I can say good bye.
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Old 12-22-2020, 03:58 PM   #65
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I would ask them for a 15 year guaranteed contract. That should end the question
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Old 12-22-2020, 04:16 PM   #66
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I was asked a similar question when I applied for a government job at 48. I said Their is an old yiddish proverb, “We plan, God laughs,” Recognizing that I had been pretty impulsive all my life, my father told my wife “don’t you let him quit this job! You know how he is!”. And I had my own doubts about me. But I retried two years ago after 20 years.

The boss told me just before I retired that they never thought I would make the drive I did for even six months. It was 30 miles each way in beautiful Big Sky country with zero traffic. But they didn’t think I could handle it.

“We plan, God laughs.”
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Old 12-22-2020, 05:20 PM   #67
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FWIW, the average person stays in a job 4.6 years. I looked this up when I was in a similar situation (planning to take a job for a few years, they didn't say anything about looking for someone to stay long term). I took a job mid 2017 with the intent to retire 2020 - 2021. Now I've moved to part time and between the extra time off and Covid I decided to work through this year and at least next.
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Old 12-22-2020, 07:22 PM   #68
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As already touched on, will the person or company still be there in 15’s my true story....

I did exactly what you were looking at when I was 55. This was supposed to be a less stressful the job, 25% pay cut, closer to home, etc. etc. When I took the job, they gave me a very generous sign-on bonus, and told me I had to stay three years or I would have to pay it back. ( Yes, that would be a “stay” bonus actually) but I didn’t think much about it at the time and took the job.

I planned on retiring in 3 to 5 years. Then 2 months in, my DH got bad medical news.... as a result we decided to move up our plans, but no specific date set yet.

The job ended up to be not so stressless, however I was there about 9 months when our company was bought by a competitor. Departments were starting to be re-organized, and it looked like they wanted to phase me out as I was 20 years older than anyone else in my department. I decided to bide my time, and we started building our retirement home meanwhile.

A year and half into the job, the buyout transaction finally occurred, and on that date, it invalidated the original bonus requirement stay clause. So I didn’t have to pay back that bonus.

Coincidentally, later in the same month my annual bonus and another smaller stay bonus from the new employer were given out. I gave notice the day after they cleared in my bank account. The total of those 3 bonuses was equal to six months pay for me.

So, you can say whatever you’re comfortable with, no one knows what will come...And imho, I think that was a ridiculous question to ask. I interviewed dozens of people and would never expect anyone to give an honest answer to such a leading question.....
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Old 12-22-2020, 07:56 PM   #69
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Hard one, speaking as one who was usually on the hiring side.

Since the question was asked, I think you are ethically obligated to answer. Had it not been asked, then there's nothing wrong with keeping quiet.

If I were the hiring supervisor and you answered honestly, that would be a big gold star in your favor. If you were my top candidate before you answered, that gold star might be enough to keep you there. I value integrity very highly. Will she see it that way? I have no idea.
It appears from the OP that they never asked the question, they just made a statement about wanting a lifer.

Things can change in four years. If the job is offered and you decide to take it IMO you can accept it guilt free.
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Old 12-23-2020, 12:50 PM   #70
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I think you can find a way to respond honestly. You may be planning on 54, but you never know. Maybe something like “I intend to work as long as I’m able.” It may be that at 54 you’re no longer able, but you really can’t be certain.
More to the point, I'd say "I intend to work here until I retire."

When you expect that you'll have enough money to retire is none of your employer's business. And, as many responders have pointed out, plans change.

Maybe you desire extra financial safety and/or love your co-workers, so you decide to stay longer. Conversely, maybe you find out that it's a toxic culture and you want to get the heck out right away.
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Old 12-23-2020, 12:52 PM   #71
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You want to talk binding contract, lets talk; otherwise if you can let me go then I can say good bye.
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Old 12-23-2020, 12:56 PM   #72
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Finally, I approve of your handle, Ncc1701. Personally, I'd probably put an "E" on the end
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