Difficult Interview Question: Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?
When you are unemployed, you have to field a lot of questions about why you have been out of work and why you left your last job. These questions can be very difficult to answer, because the truthful answer is usually fairly negative.
It can be just as hard to answer questions when you are still working, but actively seeking out other opportunities. When that occurs, companies will wonder why you are leaving an employer that has not laid you off. If you answer this question poorly, you may appear to be an undedicated worker.
How to Answer
Provided this answer is truthful, the best answer you can give is “I have doubts about the long term viability of the company.” You are leaving because you do not expect the company to succeed in the long term. This answer won’t always work, though, because you may easily be working at a company that is crazy successful. So you will need to give an answer that does not show disloyalty to the company, but still acts as a good reason to leave.
“I have wanted to leave on a few occasions before, but ended up staying because I couldn’t find a job that I wanted more. Recently they have started to treat me very poorly, and I have decided that I don’t want to be treated badly at work.”
“The company has made some considerable department shifts recently, and though my role is the same, I am surrounded by new employees, new philosophies, new supervisors, etc. It is like a new job. Since it is like a new job anyway, I decided that now would be the best opportunity to find employment with a company that better suits my long term goals in addition to my short term goals.”
Any answer that doesn’t focus on disliking your current company is a good answer. If you cannot use the answer above, you can say “I am looking for a position with more long term growth opportunities.” That answer will usually suffice.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Don’t say anything negative about your previous company.
- Don’t whine or complain.
- Do try to focus on growth.