When interviewers ask this question they are not just asking why you are in transition, but they also want to see how you will speak about your present or previous employer. How you speak about previous employers can be seen as an indication of how you would speak about their company. As such, it is important that you handle this question properly.
Points to Emphasize
There are a few points that you should emphasize when answering this question.
- Paint your employer in a positive light.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
If proper thought is not given to this question, it can be easy to answer it in a way that can reflect negatively on you. Here are a few mistakes and pitfalls to avoid.
- Do not dwell on any negative facets of your employment.
You want to make sure that your answer is positive, clear and concise. It is important that you find a way to paint any negatives that you share in a positive light, or do not mention them at all.
In regards to answer a question about why you are leaving your current position, a good answer might sound like:
I have been able to hone my customer service skills in my current position and have gained strong sales skills, which I am very grateful for. However, I do not see much chance for advancement with my current company. In this position I would have a chance to utilize more of my administrative and management skills, which I would not have a chance to do in my current job.
In your answer, focus on staying positive and keeping it focused on the future rather than the past.