Interview Questions About Why You Want to Change Jobs

The interviewer will want to be sure that you aren’t leaving your job because of poor performance, difficult working relationships, or because you hate your job or your boss, so it’s important to provide reassurance that you are moving on for career reasons, not just to get out of a bad work situation.

  • Emphasize the positive reasons why you are targeting a job with their organization.
  • Refer to specific aspects of the work, company culture and employer which correspond well with your interests and skills.

Placing the focus upon your potential employer subtly redirects the conversation from your previous work experience to your strong potential as their next employee.

Frame your move as a path to advancing your career without disparaging your current job.

Integrate positive references about your current job in your response, so that it is clear that you are not fleeing a bad situation. You are just seeking to improve upon an already good situation.

Incorporate some positive reflections upon rewarding relationships with supervisors, co-workers and clients, whenever feasible.

Consider giving an external reason for leaving. You might refer to factors such as relocating to a more urban area or looking for a job that is closer to home.

Don’t be disparaging about your current employer.

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