How to Answer: “Why Are You Leaving Your Current Company?”

In the first of our ongoing interview questions and how to answer them series, we’ll take on the top question on every interviewer’s mind whenever they see an applicant that’s still connected to their present company.

Question: WHY ARE YOU LEAVING YOUR CURRENT COMPANY?

Why interviewers ask this question? It is common to seek for new opportunities while still employed, but doing so could raise red flags and questions on the interviewer’s mind. Are you leaving for a good
reason? Are you leaving voluntarily? It’s best to have a solid answer just in case you encountered this question on your next interview.

The most important thing when they ask “Why you are looking to leave your current job” is to stay positive and never badmouth.

How do you sound positive? Rather than complaining or talking badly about your current situation, say that you’re looking for more of something.

Is your current boss a power tripper or lazy? Say that you’re looking for an environment with more leadership you can learn from.

Dos:

– Sound positive and focus on what you want to gain by making a move
– Show gratitude for your current job
– Sound like you’re ambitious, motivated, and eager to find the next challenge in your career.

Don’ts :

– Badmouth your boss current employer in any way
– Sound like you’re trying to escape a bad situation, or you’re failing or not fitting in at your current job
– Say you’re struggling or failing to perform the work
– Say it’s too difficult or stressful
– Never lie.

Good sample answers:

“I’m looking for more leadership opportunities. I’ve been at my company for three years and have really enjoyed the experience but I feel in order to take the next step in my career, it’d be helpful to join a larger organization and use what I’ve learned in the past to lead more projects. That’s why this
Project Manager role excited me.”

“I have decided to shift from admin to marketing, because marketing is my passion. I love interacting to all kinds of people and I have creative ideas that will surely contribute to the growth of the company. I know that not only will this new career be more natural for me, but I will also enjoy it. If you hire me, you will be able to see the difference I’ll bring within a very short period.”

We hope you find this series helpful and look forward to receiving questions you want us answered too.  Feel free to send them to our email cs@morethanjobs.com.ph.

You can also leave a comment below with questions you want answered so we may tackle them moving forward.

Thank you and see you next time.

 

 

What not to answer to the question: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

 

How to Answer Common Interview Questions:

In this series of posts, we will talk about how to reply to common interview questions.  We will feature one (or two) questions per post and offer valuable tips to help you get that job.  Feel free to send us questions you want answers in the comment section below.

 

Today, we will answer the question: “Where do you see yourself five years from now?”

 

Hiring managers will always throw this question in an interview, and sometimes jobseekers find it difficult to answer because no one can envision what will happen 1,825 days from now. What the hiring manager really wants to find out with this question is:

Could I expect this person to stay with the company for a long time?

Here are a few tips from Mr. Paul Sandoval, a recruitment professional for more than ten years, on how to accurately answer this tricky question and get the job.

 

TIPS:

  1. Tell the interviewer about your long term career goal- it has to be clear and realistic. Interviewers hear the responses to this question every day, so they will definitely know if your answer is good, well-rehearsed or not true.
  2. Explain how the job you’re applying for is in line with your career goals. The interviewer wants to know how interested are you in getting the job, and that you are willing to learn and grow in their organization.
  3. If you want to step up to a management role, explain your plans and how will intend to get there. Talk about how this job will help and prepare you in getting that promotion. You can discuss about the daily tasks, seminars and trainings offered by the company, which can be very helpful to your advancement.
  4. Tell the interviewer that career advancement is very important to you, that you are excited to be an expert in the position you are applying for, and that you are looking forward to sharing what you know by, coaching other employees, and taking on more responsibilities after five years.

 

RIGHT ANSWERS:

“My career goal is to work in an organization where I’ll have daily challenges and opportunities to develop my skills as a software developer. I want the responsibility of taking on interesting IT projects and collaborating with people that can truly help me learn.”

“Although my real focus is to be the best sales executive of a reputable company, I would very much like to be promoted into a sales supervisory or management position in five years. I enjoy supporting my team members, train sales executives to become achievers, and to bring more clients to the company.”

WRONG ANSWERS:

  • I don’t have a plan/ I don’t know.
  • If you are applying for a sales job, don’t answer that you want to be a full time highschool teacher someday.
  • I see myself working in this company.
  • I want to be successful someday.
  • I want your job some day.
  • I want to be the CEO of this company, with a salary of 1M pesos and a company car.
  • As high as I can go.
  • I want to own my own company someday.

 

If you want to be a business man, wants to travel a lot, transfer to another city or change of career someday, keep them to yourself for now.  Remember, you are being interviewed to know if you can help the company grow, excel, solve problems and become an asset. Your answer to this question will determine if you will get the job, or you will apply for another one.