The hiring manager is trying to get a sense of whether you left your job for “good” reasons, such as professional growth or relocation, or if you may have left for not-so-good reasons, such as being terminated or not getting along with colleagues. This is always a question you should be prepared to answer so read more below to get some tips.
Points to Emphasize
Staying calm and collected during your response will help convince the hiring manager that you’re confident and secure in your choices.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
This can be a tough question if your previous job wasn’t always smooth sailing. But there are a few tips that can help you make your answer as strong as possible.
Take a look below for one example response from an applicant for a biotech job.
I loved my work at XYZ Lab—it was challenging, collegial and rewarding to work in a lab to develop better medical technology products. I developed a great many skills there that I wanted to apply to a more advanced research position, which I have found here at ABC Company.
This question, while a tough one, can be an opportunity to showcase the things you learned at your previous job. Thinking carefully about how to reframe any rough patches in your employment history will help you excel during the interview.