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.
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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”.
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.
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.
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
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.
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???
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.
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
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
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!
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 !!!??
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
hi what i dont get is why cant we say whats true
like underpaid /boss is terrible/ pressure is to much
really were telling them lies
which is only a bad start to any job
you wouldn't lie to your new girlfriend /boyfriend someone your planning on staying with the rest of your life
so why lie to a employer /and vice/versa
i would much prefer a worker coming for an interview and tell me the real reason why they want to leave there own job
lets say your leaving a job the reason is the work environment is making you unhappy
and the reason its making you unhappy is because people lied to get the job (false impressions)
and the company lies to you (false impressions )
thus your on the bad foot before you even start the job through lying
Saying you hate you boss, underpaid etc are external factors. You would be better off mentioning internal factors such as you career path, more responsibilities etc. if you are on a date you dont tell the girl that the reason you want to form a relationship with her is because your ex was mean. You want to be with her because her activities and yours are compatible.
+MrHorror1971 let's not confuse not telling the truth and lying. I never recommend lying. but an interview is not a confession and you don't have to tell them everything, just because it's true. Tell them what they need to know. what if the interviewer told you that the person they fired in this previous position was a worthless piece of crap and the most awful employee ever. would you want to work for that company now? the same is true for you. if you throw your past boss under the buss, they are not going to want to hire you.
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