THAT DREADED INTERVIEW QUESTION
Whether you are interviewing for a job at a new company, interviewing for a promotion with your current employer, or having an exit interview, inevitably you will be asked, “Why are you leaving your job?” As much as you’d be tempted to rant about your terrible boss, the lack of opportunity and mentorship and the overall toxic work environment, here are 4 guidelines to politely explain your reasons:
1) Brevity: Keep your explanation short and simple.
2) Gratitude: Generally, express appreciation for the skills you developed and experiences you had at the company or position you are leaving.
3) Future Career: Identify just one thing that made your current position a less-than-perfect fit that you are seeking in your new company or position, as part of your vision for your career.
4) Be Positive!: Negative explanations will not help you get what you want from the interview.
When you choose to work with an Abel Personnel recruiter, you will have the opportunity to talk through and refine your response to this and other difficult questions that are apt to arise in your interview. Remember, an honest explanation can be couched in negative or positive terms, and those positive terms will make the best impression on the prospective employer or keep your bridges intact with the employer you are leaving. To schedule an interview with a recruiter, call Abel Personnel at 217-561-2222 or find us at abelpersonnel.com.