The question, "Why are you leaving your job" can be kind of awkward depending on your answer.
Believe it or not, in this situation the truth is not always the best solution. For example, if you have a really crummy boss that you just can’t stand working with anymore, it is not recommended to bad mouth anyone at your old company.
This shows poor character on your part. Rise above the slander and find an answer.
- "My boss was horrible. He couldn’t do anything right. I could do his job much better than him."
- "The work culture was not the best fit for me. I felt underutilized and like I was not being challenged anymore. So, I would love to move to an organization that challenges me in a positive way where I can continue to grow and develope in my career."
Turn negative into positive
Instead of stating all the reasons that you are looking to leave your job, flip the question and explain the reasons why you are so excited to work at the new company. Throw a little flattery in the direction of the employer; they won’t bite.
"Why are you leaving your job?"
"I am no longer being challenged. I continue to request more responsibility but we seem to be at a standstill. My day-to-day has become repetitive with very little room for growth. Your company is constantly growing and adapting and the employees seem to be learning something new every day. I would love nothing more than to work for a revolutionary company such as yours."
New era of job seekers
Now, this is just between you and me, but if you haven’t noticed, “job hopping” has become more and more common. I think this is awesome; old-school employers tend to disagree. If you are not familiar with the term “job hopping” it is essentially the act of going from job to job within a short period of time, usually a couple years or less. More and more job seekers are flooded with opportunities and will quickly leave a company if they have an offer for higher pay, better benefits, etc. I don’t blame them!
Hiring managers who are somewhat aware of today’s culture understand this. It’s not that big of a deal anymore if you have worked at 3 different companies in 10 years. 20 years ago that was a huge deal! You would be considered disloyal, unemployable, and unprofessional. In other words, don’t worry too much about this question. Why are you leaving your job? Because you feel like it! I would definitely focus on some more relevant questions.
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