Why Do You Want This Job? vs. Why Do You Want To Leave?

I am working with a client who is considering a job change and it has been a few years since her last search.  During the course of the strategy session, she asked about how to deal with the interview question, “Why are you looking to leave XYZ?”  She was concerned about how to handle answering the question without sounding negative about her current employer and situation.

In truth, no one should ever answer “Why are you looking to leave XYZ?” as it is really no business of the future firm.  When/If asked that question, one should turn around the question so as to focus on why you want the future position.  Instead of:

Why are you looking to leave Acme?

Focus on the attributes of the future role:

The role of Client Relationship Manager with Alpha Omega will allow me to ….

Stay positive and do not allow yourself to potentially get sucked into a negative situation.  Focus on the future and don’t rehash the past.


About Kevin Monahan

I have 10+ years experience in coaching clients in their career management and career change efforts. Personal career consulting services combined with employer outreach to help find opportunities for both constituents.
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