When an interviewer asks the aforementioned question or other questions related to you leaving a position, they are trying to gauge your commitment to the job, as well as your commitment to your career. Employers look for honest, thoughtful answers that give insight into your future plans.
Points to Emphasize
Make sure that you emphasize the following points in answering questions related to reasons you would leave your job.
- Begin by stating something positive about your current job.
- Share what things might drive you away, but use a positive connotation.
- Limit your possible drivers to one to three things.
- Clearly explain why such things might drive you away.
It is up to you to present them in a positive light, as well as show how you would not have such an issue in the position you are applying for.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
There are a few mistakes that you should avoid in properly answering this question.
- Do not state your answer in a negative light.
- Stay away from giving a list of things that you do not like about your current or past employer.
- Do not try to breeze over the question by stating you do not have any possible drivers; this may seem untruthful, as well as confusing seeing as you are seeking a new job.
- Do not give a general or personal answer that could possibly apply to the position you are applying for.
A good answer to such a question might sound like this:
I appreciate the knowledge and experience that I have gained through my current job, because growth and development are very important to me. So if I were to leave my position, it would have to be because I did not see room for growth. Career advancement is essential to my future goals, and I desire to advance into a management role, which is why I applied for this position. For me to succeed in the future, I have to be able to see potential for continued growth.
Make sure that your answer is not negative and that it incorporates your desire to obtain the position that you are applying for.