“Why are you leaving your current job?”
Before you read on, remember that these questions are not provided for you to merely skim over. The planning and preparation of answers is essential to maximizing your interviewing prowess. The only way to succeed is to match your background to a positive, upbeat, convincing answer for each of these questions. Start with your resume, know every word on it. Another key part of your preparation is company research. You should know as much about the company as you possibly can before you arrive for the interview.
Remember, no negatives. Everything about your past job and your past boss are all positive. Was there a reorganization, acquisition or merger that caused you to leave your job? Did you quit – was it your choice to leave your job, and if so, how do you positively explain that? Was you job eliminated? Was there a new innovative technique that came in and caused you job to be absolete? Was it a personal choice because the company no longer offered growth and challenge? Did the company reorganize, right size or go through a merger that has changed your future opportunities in the company?
The best four-part answer is:
- A reorganization in the company affected my position.
- This reorganization had nothing to do with my performance.
- I have references that support my excellent track record.
- My extensive research on your company suggests that you can benefit from my experience.
If you are currently employed but seeking advancement, you may simply state, “I have gained a lot in my current role, but am ready for the next step in my career. Your organization and this opportunity seem to offer an excellent match with my capabilities.
The answer can also be combined with “tell me about yourself” creating psychological leverage as you anticipate this inevitable question at the very start of an interview.
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