Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
This comic is a take on the common and cliched job interview question "Where do you see yourself in 5 years." The interviewer is attempting to see where the job seeker would like to take their career and also what their hopes and dreams are etc.
In the comic, instead of explaining where he would like to be in 5 years, Beret Guy appears to advance time 5 years while they are both still sitting in the same spot and exactly still.
The image text is a continuation of their conversation in which Beret Guy turns down the job because he wants to find out what happened the last 5 years while they were both sitting in that room.
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- [Two characters sit across from each other at a desk. One has a beret and the other has a bun.]
- Bun: Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Beret: Oh man, I don't know! Let's find out!
- [The characters stare at one another.]
- [Cobwebs and hair grow; the desk and chairs fall into disrepair.]
- [Five years pass.]
- Beret: Hah—
- Beret: I thought so!
- So is the interviewer dead?!?! Tebow Time, Twice a Day. 17:11, 17 August 2012 (UTC)
I think the comic invokes additional satire on the length of 'the standard interview', and the time wasted in adhering to the template, given that originally, the whole point of an interview was to judge a candidate on a person by person basis - understanding him/her on a human level, and figuring out where the position fit into their "big pictures".
Disagree. I think the comic is simply poking fun at the "Where do you see yourself in ___ years?" question which is very common in job interviews. Instead of speculating on the future, Beret Guy - who has shown himself to be a weird hippyish type with nonstandard approaches to life - decides to wait for the passing of five years in order to find out. There is a secondary joke that, after the five years have passed, he says "I thought so!", implying that at the interview he did indeed speculate on where he would be in five years: still sitting there, not having moved, and waiting for the five years to pass. Very meta. 188.8.131.52 10:50, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
Fridge Horror: Beret Guy and the interviewer must have both sat motionless as spiders crawled on their faces, erecting webs. I can't get the image out of my mind now. :s 184.108.40.206
05:33, 10 January 2015 (UTC)