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How to answer one of the trickiest interview questions

Before you answer this crucial question, remember that your interviewer is more interested in why you want to work for them

“Why do you want to leave your current job?” is the most commonly asked interview question, but what’s the right answer?

It’s hard to prepare for an interview when you know very little about the company and the person interviewing you.

However, one question you can be sure they’ll ask is “why do you want to leave your current job?” It can be very difficult to answer this question in a positive way, especially if you are leaving a terrible manager or a badly run company.

There are five ways to answer this question without coming across as too negative to your prospective employer.

1] Job insecurity

Your company is in decline and you are worried about the future security of your position. You will not be judged for wanting to move on from a sinking ship, and you may actually be praised for your proactive behaviour.

However, it is important to explain the circumstances sympathetically and try to focus on what you’ve learnt from the situation.

2] Learning curve

You really enjoy your current position, but you feel you have hit a ceiling on what you can achieve there. Employers are impressed with enthusiastic and ambitious people, so there is nothing wrong with striving for more.

However, make sure that you talk about what this new company can offer, rather than what your current company cannot.

3] Change of goals

Perhaps you’ve had a change of heart recently regarding your career. This is understandable, but show that you have thought this through and you are now set on this new goal.

Discuss how you feel this company will help you achieve your goal and remember to show your excitement and enthusiasm about the next chapter in your career.

4] Skills update

After several years with the same company, your skill set may narrow, particularly if you are working within a niche industry.

If this is the case, discuss what you’ve learnt in your current role and exactly what it is that you need to update. Finish your answer with a question about the prospective role, to further demonstrate your interest.

5] Interested in you

Maybe you’re not looking to leave your current company, but the opportunity on offer is far too amazing to turn down.

Rather than bashing your employer, talk about what it is that excites you about this new opportunity and what you feel you would bring to the role.

Whichever route you choose, it is important to remain positive throughout your answer and avoid ranting about your current employer.

Before you answer this crucial question, remember that your interviewer is more interested in why you want to work for them, rather than why you dislike your current position.

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8 comments

  1. “Would you lie to a customer?”. I was actually once asked this in a job interview. I went right off the company even though they were a leading light in the industry. To this day I am not sure if it was a trick question (because obviously, your instinct is to say “no”), or whether I should have fired it back at them “is that your company policy?”

    Has anyone been asked this, and what is the right answer?

    Many thanks!

  2. Following quite a while with a similar organization, your ability set may limit, especially in the event that you are working inside a specialty industry. If so, talk about what you’ve learnt in your present part and precisely what it is that you have to refresh. Complete your answer with an inquiry concerning the imminent part, to additionally exhibit your advantage.

  3. This is really great work. Thank you for sharing such a useful information here in the blog.

  4. Yes this is one of the trickiest question to answer, I’ve dodged it many times by saying that company is going towards decline and I want to secure my job that’s why I left the company no hard and fast rule.

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    our organization is in decrease and you are stressed over the future security of your position. You won’t be judged for needing to proceed onward from a sinking boat, and you may really be adulated for your proactive conduct.

  6. You truly make the most of your present position, yet you believe you have hit a roof on what you can accomplish there. Businesses are inspired with energetic and eager individuals, so there is nothing amiss with taking a stab at additional.

  7. Thanks for sharing these tips. It was very well explained article.

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