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4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by Adesiji77: 8:35am On May 07, 2015
Hiring managers are just people, and people are naturally curious. That means at some point during the interview, you’re going to get the question, “So, why are you leaving your current job?”

Obviously, you want to be honest in an interview. You’re leaving your job for a reason. But you should really try your best to refrain from being negative. Focus on what you have to look forward to, not what you’re leaving behind. To give you an idea of what I mean, here are four fairly blunt reasons why you might be job searching, and how to translate them into tactful responses.

1. You Want to Make More Money

Who doesn’t wish they were paid more? It’s a completely normal thing, but perhaps not the best to bring up during an interview —at least not until the hiring manager is more invested in you.

Here’s what to say instead:

During my three years at LBD, I had the opportunity to really develop a strong skill set in data analysis, quantitative reasoning, and programming. And, while it was a great learning experience and I enjoyed contributing to the team, I’m ready to join a company that values my skills and allows me to use them more fully.

2. Your Boss Is a Jerk

There’s no other way to put it: You have a terrible boss. Mention briefly and neutrally that you two are on separate tracks and move on. Wrap it up with something positive about the company.

Here’s how to phrase it:

I realized the leadership of my team was going in a different direction, and I’m interested in working in a more collaborative environment. It was a hard decision to make because I love the mission of the company, but I ultimately think this is the right choice.

3. You Want to Get Promoted

This is probably the tamest reason to be job searching. In fact, even the blunt version is more or less fine. But, if you want to go into a bit more detail, you can definitely put a positive spin on the answer.

Here’s how to say it:

I’m ready for the next challenge in my career. I loved the people I worked with and the projects I worked on, but at some point I realized I wasn’t being challenged the way I used to be. Rather than let myself get too comfortable, I decided to pursue a position where I can continue to grow.

4. Your Job Is Just Generally Crappy

Sugarcoat a turd, and it’s still a turd. Rather than try to make your job sound less awful than it is, focus instead on the one or two things that drew you to that position, how it was ultimately a bad fit, and what you look forward to in a new role.

Here’s how to put it politely:

I was really excited to start in a role that worked so closely with local wildlife and contributed to such a meaningful cause. I think, because of that, I neglected to learn more about the actual ins and outs of the company. It didn’t take me long to realize that I wasn’t a good cultural fit. Since then I’ve been seeking a role in a company that values transparency, one where I can continue to make an impact.


Notice how all of these responses have at least one thing that’s positive about the interviewee’s previous role? You don’t get any points for recounting each and every flaw of your last supervisor. Your best bet is to take the high road and look to the future.


https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-better-ways-to-answer-why-are-you-leaving-your-job

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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by abrahambest(m): 3:58pm On May 07, 2015
nice, thanks

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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by lekjons(m): 3:58pm On May 07, 2015
^^^ Noted!!, at my oga at the top, why na??
Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by saxwizard(m): 3:58pm On May 07, 2015
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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by omoadeleye(m): 3:58pm On May 07, 2015
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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by intergral(m): 3:59pm On May 07, 2015
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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by Goldenheart(m): 3:59pm On May 07, 2015
Whose gonna memorize all that...?

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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by Acidosis(m): 3:59pm On May 07, 2015
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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by soleexx(m): 3:59pm On May 07, 2015
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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by lekjons(m): 3:59pm On May 07, 2015
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Why na, i want to know what FTC feels like, at least once!! angry

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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by ifydadiva(f): 3:59pm On May 07, 2015
*just passing by*
Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by BIBblacboy: 3:59pm On May 07, 2015
angry......otida
Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by Guruscrew: 4:00pm On May 07, 2015
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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by Tenim47(m): 4:00pm On May 07, 2015
I jst want to establish mine
Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by folabayo1(f): 4:01pm On May 07, 2015
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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by QuiverBox(f): 4:02pm On May 07, 2015
saxwizard:
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*****

he stole ftc from me

is it so hard to Grow up?

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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by Ilekeh(f): 4:02pm On May 07, 2015
Put down your old boss in an interview and I guarantee that you're not going to get the new job

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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by SammieLowkey(m): 4:02pm On May 07, 2015
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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by searay(m): 4:02pm On May 07, 2015
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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by stelcramento(f): 4:02pm On May 07, 2015
Noted
Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by Seun(m): 4:03pm On May 07, 2015
Great, so now I need to interrogate candidates to find out what they really mean.

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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by Nobody: 4:03pm On May 07, 2015
great
Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by saxwizard(m): 4:04pm On May 07, 2015
QuiverBox:

is it so hard to Grow up?

dude u dont hv to quote me now....I dont do thrash
Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by QuiverBox(f): 4:05pm On May 07, 2015
saxwizard:



dude u dont hv to quote me now....I dont do thrash

it was just a simple question
Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by publicenemy(m): 4:06pm On May 07, 2015
Am leaving my current job becos I want more money...simple

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Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by Nobody: 4:06pm On May 07, 2015
NOTED SERIOUSLY!!!





cheesy cheesy cheesy







am quitting this work and i need a job!!!
Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by 3kay945(m): 4:06pm On May 07, 2015
i once said to the interviewers that i need more money that's why am leaving. grin
the two men exchange a surprise look. shocked
but me, I just bone. cool
Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by eghos12(m): 4:07pm On May 07, 2015
very informative mind you many football players usually use this when interviewed about their past clubs they will never say they hate the formal coach puting them on bench but will say that he wanted to move on with his carea.
Re: 4 Better Ways To Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?" by lawboss: 4:08pm On May 07, 2015
Adesiji77:
Hiring managers are just people, and people are naturally curious. That means at some point during the interview, you’re going to get the question, “So, why are you leaving your current job?”

Obviously, you want to be honest in an interview. You’re leaving your job for a reason. But you should really try your best to refrain from being negative. Focus on what you have to look forward to, not what you’re leaving behind. To give you an idea of what I mean, here are four fairly blunt reasons why you might be job searching, and how to translate them into tactful responses.

1. You Want to Make More Money

Who doesn’t wish they were paid more? It’s a completely normal thing, but perhaps not the best to bring up during an interview —at least not until the hiring manager is more invested in you.

Here’s what to say instead:

During my three years at LBD, I had the opportunity to really develop a strong skill set in data analysis, quantitative reasoning, and programming. And, while it was a great learning experience and I enjoyed contributing to the team, I’m ready to join a company that values my skills and allows me to use them more fully.

2. Your Boss Is a Jerk

There’s no other way to put it: You have a terrible boss. Mention briefly and neutrally that you two are on separate tracks and move on. Wrap it up with something positive about the company.

Here’s how to phrase it:

I realized the leadership of my team was going in a different direction, and I’m interested in working in a more collaborative environment. It was a hard decision to make because I love the mission of the company, but I ultimately think this is the right choice.

3. You Want to Get Promoted

This is probably the tamest reason to be job searching. In fact, even the blunt version is more or less fine. But, if you want to go into a bit more detail, you can definitely put a positive spin on the answer.

Here’s how to say it:

I’m ready for the next challenge in my career. I loved the people I worked with and the projects I worked on, but at some point I realized I wasn’t being challenged the way I used to be. Rather than let myself get too comfortable, I decided to pursue a position where I can continue to grow.

4. Your Job Is Just Generally Crappy

Sugarcoat a turd, and it’s still a turd. Rather than try to make your job sound less awful than it is, focus instead on the one or two things that drew you to that position, how it was ultimately a bad fit, and what you look forward to in a new role.

Here’s how to put it politely:

I was really excited to start in a role that worked so closely with local wildlife and contributed to such a meaningful cause. I think, because of that, I neglected to learn more about the actual ins and outs of the company. It didn’t take me long to realize that I wasn’t a good cultural fit. Since then I’ve been seeking a role in a company that values transparency, one where I can continue to make an impact.


Notice how all of these responses have at least one thing that’s positive about the interviewee’s previous role? You don’t get any points for recounting each and every flaw of your last supervisor. Your best bet is to take the high road and look to the future.


https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-better-ways-to-answer-why-are-you-leaving-your-job
...Criosly?.... pls dis lines/advices to me I feel dey are wrong...u shld sale ur self n nt tell ur new employer to b,u wanna make more money or ur ex boss is a crap!... Omo u go hustle job like Amaechi hustle Vp...

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