How do you determine the growth potential of a job?

I went to an interview and might get a job offer next month. It's not my ideal job. I don't think I'll learn much that is new. I'm overqualified. Other people in the company have the job I do want. They are not looking to fill that job. I know I would have to work up to that ideal job before anyone would offer it to me. How do I evaluate the job's potential, when who knows when or if a spot in the job I do want will be open? What if those people who are in those jobs turn out to be there for the long haul and will never leave? People also have asked me if I see a future at the company? How do I know that, when the above is an unknown? Plus, I don't think I could be married to any company, to be truthful. How far ahead is the "future"? 1 year? 2 years? More than that? So what do people mean about "growth potential of a job" and "seeing a future at the company"? How do I evaluate these things? A step by step list of what to consider would be helpful.

Asked By: LookingForIdeas - 6/11/2007
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These are questions you can actually ask during the interview process. If you see the hiring manager is stuttering when you inquire about growth potential then you know he/she is lying. If they are too quick to answer this also indicates they are lying and looking to fill the position. The response should be slow... More
Answered By: redvelvetflames4ever - 6/12/2007
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You learn by experience. You plan to stay for 3-4 years and move on unless you get promoted. Simple as that... More
Answered By: mr_crankypants - 6/11/2007
At the very beginning, you need to make clear that you do have interest in that job. Otherwise, meaningless to say anything else... More
Answered By: Louisa:) - 6/12/2007
I feel your pain...I really do...we fall under the same category...
Answered By: I have Given Up - 6/19/2007
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