Why Are You Leaving Your Present Job?

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.
  • Focus on the constructive aspects that you have gained through your employment.

  • Express a desire to utilize skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for but not the current position.

  • Point out positive characteristics or opportunities that you foresee in obtaining the position you seek.

    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.

  • Even if you do not have anything positive to say, do not bash your employer.

    • Do not dwell on any negative facets of your employment.
  • Do not bring up any personal reasons for wanting to leave your current position.

  • Try not to take a long pause before answer the question; this can make you seem untruthful.

    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.

    Sample Answer

    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.

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