When interviewers ask this question they are not only inquiring about your search but are also inferring as to why you are applying for their position. They will also use how you speak of your current employer as a gauge to how you would speak to another employer about them. These are important factors in the hiring decision, so it is critical that you answer this question appropriately.
Points to Emphasize
It would be helpful to emphasize a few key points and present some things in a certain manner.
- Paint your current or last employer in a positive light.
- Provide clear, intelligible reasoning for desiring to leave.
- Give support for your initial answer that makes your desire to change positions acceptable.
- Show a positive correlation between what the new job has to offer and what you are lacking in your current position.
You want to make sure that your answer is truthful, clear and properly supported.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
There are a few mistakes that you should avoid during your interview.
- Do not try to skip past this question with a vague answer.
- Try not to show distain for your duties or your current company.
- Even if you have personal reasons closely tied to why you are leaving, do not lead with them.
- Do not try to appear overly saddened to be planning to leave your current position; this can be a bit confusing and come off as deceitful.
The last thing you want to do is leave any doubt in the interviewer's mind that you have fully thought through your decision to leave your current position.
To answer inquiries about you leaving your current position, you can say:
I greatly enjoy the challenges and comradery of my current position, and I feel that I have grown in my administrative and management skills. However, I have to make an hour and a half commute to work, which has become financially tasking. I've been searching for a position that is closer and where I can still utilize and continue to develop my skill set, and this position with your company meets those needs.
Make sure that your answer is clear and supported, and that you end on a positive note.