Q: What do you think is a hard interview question to answer?
A: Unless the career track is clear (e.g., you are interviewing for an associate role in a firm that makes people partners), it’s hard to say where you want to be in 5 or 10 years. For example, you can’t say you want the interviewer’s job, you can’t look past the immediate role in favor of another type of workplace or sector.
So what can you say? Maybe that you want to be doing high quality work for the clients, having become a trusted advisor. Or that you want to be a well-liked colleague whom the more junior lawyers seek out for direction and guidance.
I also consider this a hard question in that careers unfold, often in unexpected ways. Maybe that’s the answer, acknowledging an openness to opportunity, within the organization and the larger professional community.