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Why do you want to leave your job - Answers to job interview questions

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Watch Don show you how to tell interviewers why they should hire you. This question can be answered in several ways, but do your best to keep your answer short. Avoid being dishonest with this question, for whatever reason, your interviewer may spot it and believe there is something you are not saying. There are usually only a few reasons someone really wants to leave their job and, surprisingly, money does not rank at the top of the list. On the other hand, you may not have gotten along with your manager or co-workers. Maybe you were never very excited to be there in the first place and only accepted the job to pay the bills. Maybe your reputation was tarnished by a formal reprimand and staying there is emotionally draining. Perhaps you are severely underpaid and just need more money. But to be clear, do not list any of these reasons for leaving your current job in an interview because the interviewer will not be impressed and you will probably lose any chance of getting the job. Avoid making negative remarks about your past or present manager, your fellow employees, or the company you are working for - even if they are true! Don't even hint at the fact that you hated your manger and avoid sarcastic remarks. Remember, the interviewer does not know your previous manager or fellow employees. If you start bad-mouthing them in the interview, you will immediately be flagged as having a negative attitude toward your co-workers. The interviewer will then assume you will act the same way at this company and be a bad influence. You will not get the job. I don't care how bad you hate your current company, manager, co-workers, salary - never bring that up in the interview. Instead, tell the interviewer something positive about your co-workers and previous company. There is no right answer to this question, only wrong ones. You don't need to make a book out of this answer, just something short and positive is best. After all, it really does not matter to the interviewer, as long as you don't say something foolish. The point here is to convey to the interviewer that you are not leaving because you are mad, tired, bored, overworked, underpaid, or job hopping, just that you are leaving your job because... Here's how to give good reasons for leaving your job. We all have reasons for leaving our jobs and in this video, I'll show you how to answer the question, "Why do you want to leave your job?" Why you left is one of the most popular job interview questions. Learn how to give good reasons for leaving , what to say and more importantly, how not to answer this question. Learn why employers are asking you this question and be prepared to answer "why you want to leave your job" before your next interview. Free job interview training program: http://www.JobInterviewTools.com/7days/ Download the Top 10 Questions - www.JobInterviewTools.com/top10 GET THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW ANSWER GUIDE HERE: http://www.jobinterviewtools.com/
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rafael ramirez (1 month ago)
Canada Dry (1 month ago)
I told them my spouse moved and that's why I needed a new job. They had the audacity to doubt my story simply since they knew i was single. The last one should come with a warning to not use it unless you're actually married. Who knew. (just in case people are unable to tell, yes this is a joke. No. This didn't happen. At least not with me.
barron weir (1 month ago)
Ah you like your old job? Well go back to it :)
Barryinton Gray (2 months ago)
Wow this guy is a master piece thank you sir.
coconut1984 coconut (2 months ago)
Interviewers can pick up on the BS "more responsibility" line. More nonsense bad advice.
MarcusL (2 months ago)
Projects? Factory workers generally don't do projects.
Pulkit Agarwal (1 month ago)
This is a video mostly for desk jobs and tech companies.
Julie Demko (3 months ago)
How do you answer this question when you leave to take care of a sick parent with dementia
wantsomecoffee (3 months ago)
He says over and over not to lie and everyone here is saying that he said to lie. What?
antwinettec (4 months ago)
I will NEVER do the “I want more responsibilities” thing again”. A lot of jobs don’t draw a line between “assigning a responsibility” and “dumping on” an employee. And when you ask for a break, or express that it’s too much, you are likely to be labeled as “not a team player”.
ennui blue (26 days ago)
They need to hand out horse blinders. If they give a couple people all the work so they dont have to reprimand their 'friend' you just have to look the other way. If you ask why you get paid the same for three times 'friends' work they're like 'no it's no problem' 😊
Victor Westmann (4 months ago)
So this is the script we need to memorize (and rehearse) to go well in this interview question...
abobjenkins (1 month ago)
What about this one: My place of employment sits right next to a golf course.  If I come out one day to find a golf ball sitting on the hood of my car, I'm afraid I will have to bust someone's eggs.
j Thao (4 months ago)
I just told them I hated my job and the people I worked up, our directors were fired lol and I was hired.
Challenge Accepted (5 months ago)
Nice: 3:04 3:44
Krix Naden (5 months ago)
This guy is a great liar. To be a good interviewer it appears that you have to lie.
I usually recommend that job seekers talk about what they want instead of why they want to leave. So in other words if the interviewer asks why you want to leave, just talk about why you are interested in this new opportunity. As long as you've done your research on the job and the company you shouldn't have too much difficulty coming up with a bunch of reasons for your interest.
Leon Carr (7 months ago)
Best suggestion so far.
moparmon (8 months ago)
ya'll niggas hiring?
Kryptosso X (8 months ago)
What if you're asked: Why have you stayed so long in your current position? (3 years)
Chris topher (8 months ago)
that makes you sound like full of crap
T Anderson (9 months ago)
It is really contradiction, it says being honestly. I am over loaded with job duties and under paid, that is the reason I am leaving or left.
Traveling Guy (9 months ago)
Basically, the idea from this video is to lie and not be honest about why you really want to change jobs. I always thought lying was wrong. I guess we live in a different world today. The message now is to lie when we have to in order to get ahead so we can better our lives.
Lindsey Hebert (9 months ago)
I hate the changes because I missed the stuff I used to since my sweetest massagers left now my middle manager acts bossy and she put me where my other store manager said to go to the back room unloading boxes I was sales floor then he put me in the back room I’m bored I’m no longer what I used to be wishing my other managers move me back to the sales floor it took me years before to work my way up there it’s boring
renemSRS (10 months ago)
What about failed drug test?
Danial Mohamed (10 months ago)
Sir, regardless any of six answers you suggested the employer could take it negatively e.g. if your home far then maybe he thinks you cant work in any branch far from your home! If you say downsizing then he could take negatively that in case the company decide to do the same you will take the same action ! So this is a very tough question that no perfect answer can be figured during the interview.
Christian P. (10 months ago)
I've used that new challenges b.s. alot. It's nonsense but works.
Karla Usagi (10 months ago)
Thank you!
monstersince (11 months ago)
i'm a butcher.
Anju Satheesh (11 months ago)
Zomato is such a bore!!
Sath Sah (11 months ago)
Non of these fit my situation
E R.A. (1 year ago)
what about saying the truth to star...........in my case my physical disability is taking a toll on me (I contracted polio on my right leg when I was 11 months old) and I do a physical job that requires to be standing up (I just do 6 hours per day) but it's becoming more and more difficult with the age as well; and secondly my site manager and the regional manager just have a long battle against me since day one to get me out of the company (the site manager actually got me sacked using all he could) then I fought with solicitors and got my job back where this site manager manages and supervise; but with him and the regional manager (both a hyena and komodo dragon) make my life miserable that I can not take any more (although I reported this in a grievance report) about the site manager behaviour and attitude against me all time (true as well we do not like each other a bit, only difference is that they are two and I just one) and they have powerful positions and I don't, now I am starting at my 55 years looking for a job with a very noticeable disability (I have now to walk with walking stick) as my right leg can not at all support my body weight and my good left leg is taking a toll and already starting paying the price with my hip and knee getting inflammation and very hard pain very often ..............so if I go for an job interview what should I say??........... you tell me??? when they ask me why I want to leave my current employment ??............do you have any constructive and credible lie I can use in this case???
Betty Makitla (1 year ago)
thanks man u help me coz am planing to leave my job yah I know now I will be prepared for my second job
george abalon (1 year ago)
Great video. very helpful
Ronak Brahmbhatt (1 year ago)
Lmao he looks like when you turn on Big Head Mode on in Golden Eye on N64, 😂😂😂
Rayudu P (1 year ago)
I am attending an interview today. Hope it works. Thank you Mr.
Jari Fuller (1 year ago)
Love ur videos, really helped b4 my last interview. Thx!
Chris Topher (1 year ago)
They’re asking if you’re ready for the change. Your answer should be focused on accepting the change, and selling them on the fact you’re here to make sure you are a good fit for them.
Jason Baker (1 year ago)
Very useful video .thank you
Mohammed Fahad (1 year ago)
Interviewers want the candidate to lie in order to get the job. If you are honest you will never get any job.
AT IT (1 month ago)
You are not lying by talking about positive experience you gained in the organisation or telling the truth about your real situation in life. Interviewer knows all sides of the business as they have seen it all. What they are looking from you is whether you engage in positive discussion or negative. eg When we talk to our friends or someone we newly meet, we wont tell them how badly our partners treat us (occasionally) but we will say yes all going great.. Its like that.. Please don't lie, just tell your honest and positive experience. We all can find something nice about current job and organisation. Be positive whether you get that job or not. Be what you really want to be. Not just for the job sake but for your own self-esteem.
Johny Balohny (1 month ago)
I was thinking this. Don't the interviewers know these answers are rehersed and fake?
Jaydyte (7 months ago)
Sad, but very true
ScarySara93 (11 months ago)
Tell me about it; they say they want complete honesty, but they don't really mean that at all.
TheOriginalBleachX (1 year ago)
He likes to answer the question so much in a certain way, he has to read it. LoL Bullshit.
Nelson (1 year ago)
Any insight on how to lie to a girlfriend??
Kenneth Kho (1 year ago)
Awesome. I love answer nr 3
jai anand (1 year ago)
Hi I need your help and clarity on what to say when the interviewer asks me about my long term gap in job. I lost my job during last december and i was attending many interview in this 10 months. Its been nearly a year and i haven't got any job. Now interviewer have started asking me, why arent you employed for these many months. I really cant answer this question. Can you please help me in this. Iam totally confused.
nikhil bhagat (1 year ago)
awesome that was gr8
Employer Reviews (1 year ago)
So the interviewer is asking you a question he/ she expects you to answer with an enthusiastic lie. If you begin a relationship with a lie what does that say about how things will be going forward?
AT IT (1 month ago)
You are not lying by talking about positive experience you gained in the organisation or telling the truth about your real situation in life. Interviewer knows all sides of the business as they have seen it all. What they are looking from you is whether you engage in positive discussion or negative. eg When we talk to our friends or someone we newly meet, we wont tell them how badly our partners treat us (occasionally) but we will say yes all going great.. Its like that.. Please don't lie, just tell your honest and positive experience. We all can find something nice about current job and organisation. Be positive whether you get that job or not. Be what you really want to be. Not just for the job sake but for your own self-esteem. All the best. :)
Alexandr Padalka (1 year ago)
Jamaal Dirkson-Murphy (1 year ago)
I can't stand when interviewers ask this question. It really pisses me off.
AT IT (1 month ago)
Don't get discouraged please. Its part of learning. We are learning every step of our life. Try to tackle the situation, rather than running away or hiding with disappointment. You will notice that you have tremendous powers that you can use to turn people on your side. :) All the best
Shakalaka Bombastic (9 months ago)
Jamaal Dirkson-Murphy why?
ScarySara93 (11 months ago)
They should just drop it already among others. : /
Kimmi Mane (11 months ago)
Jamaal Dirkson-Murphy same
Mahadas Lokesh (1 year ago)
Hi I need a help,my question.i have joined my first company after 3 week I got.one more better salary job now I want to quit my job?please some one help me on this what to do.
Angela Flow (1 year ago)
Excellent Don, however I quit and walked out the same day (not 2 weeks notice at all) from my job because of lack of respect of my supervisor and discrimination, and HR never did anything about it, even with excellent accomplish goals and income but unfortunately I was a manager and How am I supposed to answer if I'm apply for a position with not such responsibilities however a huge company but in terms of Leadership. Thank you
spike (1 year ago)
why my dad left his job is becouse he did not get payd inof now hes working for pepsi and hes making 20000 dollars a month hes rich bro
florin burian (1 year ago)
Nadiya Sosyedova (1 year ago)
thank you!!!!!!!!!!
senji sugioka (2 years ago)
yo your shirt is not buttoned the right way
Sinduja Shukla (2 years ago)
Thanks a lot, I have an interview tomorrow n m sure going to use ur tips...:)
Rafik M (2 years ago)
3 ingredients if you wanna get a job in America: lies, dishonesty, no integrity. go get it!
AT IT (1 month ago)
Please do not generalize the experience from one incident or just because you heard stories from someone. Every experience is not same. :) Businesses look for people who - are professionals, - have skills, - are positive, - can put in efforts. - Can make team look great. - Can bring in some great values to their business. - Put customers first. I am sure you can add more to this list too. :) We are human and we all are different in our capacity, thought process, our dealings.
Iris Lynn (3 months ago)
Rafik M this is also how managers get you into a job. Yeah basically what happened to me, my manger lied to every job candidate, and I am being the not smart that took the job and only found out that he is totally a big fat liar
Tran Tho (1 year ago)
Rafik M Not only in America
Trisha Raymond (2 years ago)
Awesome examples!
Khairi Yusoff (2 years ago)
The key is dont say bad things about your current and previous work.
oldskool (2 years ago)
Thanks Don. This is great advice
moonlight darkholme (2 years ago)
can i tell the employer that the schedule has made me sick that i had to leave my job to rest? thank you
Tarang Thosar (2 years ago)
it does not work for me .
Rejin Raj (2 years ago)
I resigned my last Job because of some personal reason , from my side how I can answer this question .
kyuting inamoh (2 years ago)
This is what I'm looking for. You're an angel, you've answered my question precisely. thanks for this video I have now an idea how to answer this difficult question.
Twital Weed (2 years ago)
ok! Thank you, I was already thinking about screwing up even before walking into the interview. Saved!!!
What if you are leaving a fortune 500 company for a much smaller and less recognizable company?
pinupolu harika (2 years ago)
I resigned my first job for the first 6 months.What answer i can say in interview that hr makes acceptable?
Lars Nordgaard (2 years ago)
Hey Don, I just want to say thank you for sharing this knowledge. I received a job offer last week after two successful interviews with the HRM and General Manager. I believe the tools you provided me with through your videos were very useful. Thank you!
syed haseeb pasha (2 years ago)
excellent answers!!
FABOULOS A.REYES (2 years ago)
Very helpful thank you for your input!
Dav Nagle (2 years ago)
Don your so convincing you should be an actor, absolutely hilarious stuff, keep it coming :)
caco ko (2 years ago)
Thank you. I needed this!
Sanawal Dildar (2 years ago)
hi Don. can you please write the first answer as you told in this video please.
Sanawal Dildar (2 years ago)
hi Don. can you please write the first answer as you told in this video please.
Sanawal Dildar (2 years ago)
As for your information. I am not indian
What do I say if on my previous job I didn't have enough hours for me on the job ?
Bahaa Riyadh (3 years ago)
with all due respect to you but im not totally convinced about the last answer its like the interviewer would think if that reason is the only one like youre changing youre community because the offices are far away only !!!??
Jack Windensky (2 years ago)
I don't know how an interviewer would take it, but seems reasonable to me. 90 minutes is 3 hours out of your life, every day not including the actual work hours. That's minus 3 hours today, 3 hours tomorrow, 3 hours 5 years from now.
Ana Huynh (3 years ago)
Thank you so very much.  I know the goal of this video is a very specific guide on how to form a great response to a tricky yet common interview question and you definitely nailed it, but by answering it the way you did, you also gave me a reminder to stay professional and positive, because the interviewer does want you to succeed, otherwise why would they take the time to interview you?  Thank you!
FRANKXXX311 (3 years ago)
I am currently working but actively looking for another job and every time I get an interview this is the first question they always ask me.
Najibullah Alizada (3 years ago)
Siddiq Ali (3 years ago)
Man your videos are so good, I just subscribed your channel.
Mangesh K (3 years ago)
Thank you, sir....
prboi1985 (3 years ago)
watched all these videos and it definitely helped me out on my interview, and I got the job! thank you 😊
red baron (3 years ago)
Great videos, you look like a hybridized Vin Diesel + John Malkhovich
Arpit Negi (3 years ago)
Tim Horton (3 years ago)
Thank you sir your genius, keep it up
Vanisse Victoriano (3 years ago)
How to answer to this question if you are only with the current company for 4 months?
ashish jain (3 years ago)
hey what did you say after advancement opportunity..some thing lije scars or scare
Jess Northway (3 years ago)
It is a lesson of how to lie )). Better be closer to the truth, the interviewer knows all those tricks and might reject you for complete lying ))
Peter Michael Kellner (3 years ago)
so when you go with the truth you´ll won´t get the job. Hah! you americans...
TheLivingDeadOne (3 years ago)
Ive been offered a followup face to face after a phone interview, and was asked, if the job offered was inline with my career goals. It may be just client services, and is less than I did before for a temp agency, but I was offered 75% more money from the new recruiter. Question. Can a recruiter turn around and say, "Oh no, we aren't paying you that much per hour for this position" after they quoted that hourly wage and after you have interviewed and get the job. I am acting solely on the compensation, although it is in the skillset.
sujata sahoo (3 years ago)
what u have explained is wonderful... I would like to know answer of salary expectations question!
Sharul Reaper (3 years ago)
i used number 1 answer. the interviwer said he like my attitude. he said im different from other candidate. i just get hired. thanks don. really lucky to watch ur video just before going interview. huhu
AT IT (1 month ago)
+soukaina Souki Turn on the "CC" please.. or download from his website.
soukaina Souki (1 year ago)
please sharul if you can writ me answer1 i can'T PICK UP ALL WORDS
John Kwok (3 years ago)
what about, why did i leave my job?
Mariela Vega (3 years ago)
These are great examples. Will Definately use some of these
promod kaushal (3 years ago)
Good pieces of advice. Practical. Should work positively.
hondagoal (3 years ago)
Dear Mr. Don. My previous employer was going thru some financial hardships(big corp. & its all over news & I'm sure everyone knows it) and had reduced my hours from FT to PT/on call. Can I say this to the "why you've left your previous employer question? Thx.
Joe Papino (3 years ago)
Thanks. Gonna need this very soon :) You should do a video on when and when not to accept a counter offer. :)
MsGroovalicious (3 years ago)
Dear Mr. Don. I live on the border of two states. I work PT with youth and have invested 3 years in my own county. I acquired PT work in a larger city right across the river in another state. I would like to put roots down in the state of my residence, and since I'm now about to graduate from college need to work FT. Would this be a good response to this question; it's actually the truth. They don't have full time work there, and I don't like their policies. How would you spin this one? Thanks for your videos. I'm very much helped by them. Shalom.
Byrdmann (3 years ago)
Hmm why would MONEY not be at the top of the list. I work in health care. Everything is being cut. but the company still wants Quality CARE. Money is a huge. Also I love the examples you gave. Concerning the reasons why I want to leave my job. This Helps A LOT.
damol estigoy (4 years ago)
im hired :3 tnx DON!
JOXGIRL1 (4 years ago)
Your information will be handy all too soon for me. Thank you for the videos. You helped me solve a lot of the yucky answers to the questions that all always the same but need fresh modern answers. 
justletuslive (4 years ago)
WOW these are amazing tips!!
Maartin Mendoza (4 years ago)
Hey! Sir I would like to ask something about this video? Because I'm still in my present job and I'm not already pass a resignation letter it is okay to attend an interview for new company?
Maartin Mendoza (4 years ago)
Thank for response guys... now I'm moving on in my company.
wddr12 (4 years ago)
Yes you only give the resignation letter once you officially sign a contract with the new company. Gove your employer 2 weeks notice
D P (4 years ago)
yes it is.

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