Interview Questions – How to explain why you are quitting in a job interview

When it comes to quitting a job, the reasons for why are endless! There isn’t a one size fits all kind of answer because everyone’s work situation is different. As a career coach, I work with people in all levels of their career, and this question is a tough one regardless of how long someone’s been working.

The #1 thing I encourage is to be honest and tell the truth!

These are the 3 most common reasons I hear for why someone wants to quit their job:

1. You quit your last job, but didn’t have another lined up.
2. You are working right now, but really hate where you are (work environment, manager, team, etc.)
3. You don’t see a future with your current company (career path, growth opportunities, learning & development).
4. You don’t really have a reason for wanting to leave!

Chances are, your reasons probably fall into one or two of those buckets.

The question then becomes:
– How do I articulate why I want to leave to the company I’m interviewing with?
– How can I honestly share my why for leaving – without bashing my current employer, manager, or team?
– How do I give enough detail in my answer so that I don’t seem like I’m skimming over the question or avoiding it all together?

THESE ARE VALID QUESTIONS! There wasn’t a course on this in school, so don’t worry, you’re in the right spot. It’s important to establish a well-rounded that’s truthful AND professional, regardless of the reason.

In today’s episode I share 2 key strategies to help you ROCK YOUR RESPONSE the next time, “Why are you looking to leave your current role?” comes up during an interview.

These strategies can be applied no matter what the position, company, person you’re interviewing with, or reason you’re quitting. They will also help you stand out amongst other applicants, share a little about yourself, and what you’re looking for as well!

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