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.
– 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.
– 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.”
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