Watch Don show you how to tell interviewers why they should hire you.
This question can be answered in several ways, but do your best to keep your answer short. Avoid being dishonest with this question, for whatever reason, your interviewer may spot it and believe there is something you are not saying. There are usually only a few reasons someone really wants to leave their job and, surprisingly, money does not rank at the top of the list.
On the other hand, you may not have gotten along with your manager or co-workers. Maybe you were never very excited to be there in the first place and only accepted the job to pay the bills. Maybe your reputation was tarnished by a formal reprimand and staying there is emotionally draining. Perhaps you are severely underpaid and just need more money. But to be clear, do not list any of these reasons for leaving your current job in an interview because the interviewer will not be impressed and you will probably lose any chance of getting the job.
Avoid making negative remarks about your past or present manager, your fellow employees, or the company you are working for – even if they are true! Don’t even hint at the fact that you hated your manger and avoid sarcastic remarks. Remember, the interviewer does not know your previous manager or fellow employees. If you start bad-mouthing them in the interview, you will immediately be flagged as having a negative attitude toward your co-workers. The interviewer will then assume you will act the same way at this company and be a bad influence. You will not get the job.
I don’t care how bad you hate your current company, manager, co-workers, salary – never bring that up in the interview. Instead, tell the interviewer something positive about your co-workers and previous company.
There is no right answer to this question, only wrong ones. You don’t need to make a book out of this answer, just something short and positive is best. After all, it really does not matter to the interviewer, as long as you don’t say something foolish. The point here is to convey to the interviewer that you are not leaving because you are mad, tired, bored, overworked, underpaid, or job hopping, just that you are leaving your job because…
Here’s how to give good reasons for leaving your job. We all have reasons for leaving our jobs and in this video, I’ll show you how to answer the question, “Why do you want to leave your job?”
Why you left is one of the most popular job interview questions. Learn how to give good reasons for leaving , what to say and more importantly, how not to answer this question. Learn why employers are asking you this question and be prepared to answer “why you want to leave your job” before your next interview.
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