Interview Question 5: “Why Are You Leaving Your Job?”
Be it because of curiosity or because to know about you, hiring managers quite often ask “Why do you want to leave your current job” or “Why are you leaving your job?” Isn’t it such a tricky question, well you can neither bitch about your company/particular situation nor can praise about it. So, what’s the easy way out? Surely there is a reason why you are leaving it, but this doesn’t mean you will have an answer to share.
Well, the trick to answer this question is focusing on what the future holds for you not what you have had in the past. Confused? Ok, allow me to share few examples with you.
- If your reason to change is bigger package
There is nothing called satisfaction when it comes to salary. It is quite normal if your reason to change your current job is getting higher pay cheques. However, it isn’t normal to say this bluntly to the hiring manager. He would more likely to take you as unstable who would make change if offered higher salary, which isn’t good for their company.
What you can say instead:
II had got great opportunity to work with a talented team during my three years with XYZ company. During this time, I got to develop great skill set in marketing, networking and data analysis. And while it was a great learning experience, I feel that I am now ready to work with an organization where my skills are valued and I am given better opportunities to utilize them fully.
- If your reason to change is bad boss
It’s simple: You had a terrible boss. But, how can you share this with the new hiring manager? Any idea? Well, you have to briefly tell that you and your boss are on separate tracks. And then don’t forget to talk something positive about the company.
Here is an example for that:
Yes, it is a hard decision to make as I love the mission of the company, but I have also realized that I am interested in more collaborative environment, which is lacking in the current one.
- If the reason is your profile promotion:
One of the most common reasons to change the job is promotion. But, do you know the trick to give a positive spin to this situation?
Check it out with this example:
Challenges motivate me to work hard and polish my skills. No doubt, I am in love with the job and the people I am working with. But it’s a fact that now I am not being challenged the way I used to be earlier. I want to step out of the cocoon and work in a position where I can see my growth.
- If your reason is your job’s worthlessness
Sooner or later you have realized that this is the worst job you could be at. Ok! But how easy is it to convey to your hiring manger without sounding unprofessional? It’s very simple. Just state that you are a bad fit in your current position and there could be better options to learn and make an impact with your skills.
Check out how to put it sugarcoated:
I was excited when I got to know that it would be all ‘Fashion’ that I have to handle at work. Since this interests me, I did not pay attention to other ins & outs of the company. Well, gradually I have realized that I am not a perfect fit as I am longing for a company that values transparency more. Plus, I would want to be a part of the company where I can make an impact.
Well, if you are looking for other positive ways to answer other interview question then read interview question 3 and interview question 2.