The interviewer wants to be sure that they will be able to meet your needs and not become a repeat of this current desire to leave your job. It's okay, to be honest, but be careful not to overshare. It is best if you can focus primarily on your future wish list vs. dwelling on what is going wrong in your current position.
3D Animator answer example
" “I value growth. It's important to me that I grow in my career so I can continue to be a valuable asset to the company I’m working for. I’ve noticed tremendous growth in your company the past year, and that really appeals to me.”
Admin answer example
"My company is closing its doors. It was a small family run company, and the owner recently passed away. His wife decided it would be best to sell the business."
Auto Mechanic answer example
"In my current role there is minimal growth opportunity. One of the owners holds the next position in line, so I truly have reached my peak there. I am very thankful for everything my current company has offered me the past four years; however, I am ready to expand my horizons."
Basic answer example
"In my current role there is a minimal growth opportunity. One of the owners holds the next position in line, so I truly have reached my peak there. I am very thankful for everything my current company has offered me the past four years; however, I am ready to expand my horizons."
Budget Analyst answer example
"Since the company merger last year, the workplace culture I admired so much is no longer there. I am on the search for a supportive and positive environment where I can continue to flourish."
Cost Accountant answer example
" “I value growth! It's important to me that I grow in my career so I can continue to be a valuable asset to the company for which I am working. I’ve noticed tremendous growth in your company the past year, and that appeals to me.” "
Electrical Technician answer example
"I am looking for a new position as the volume in my current role has decreased significantly, and I am facing a potential layoff."
Health Information Technician answer example
"In my current role, there is a very little growth opportunity. The next position in line is held by the lead Health Information Technician so I truly have reached my peak there. I am very thankful for everything my current company has offered me the past 4 years; however, I would like to expand my horizons."
Manager answer example
"Since my company went through a merger, I have been looking for a new role. The quality of production has declined, and I am no longer proud to represent the product that is being put out."
Medical Receptionist answer example
"In my current role, there is a very little growth opportunity. The next position in line is held by one of the owners so I truly have reached my peak there. I am very thankful for everything my current company has offered me the past 4 years; however, I would like to expand my horizons."
Nursing answer example
"Make sure you are honest with your answer because chances are the interviewer has already searched your FB account for work bashing messages or even called your previous boss. If you left for a better opportunity be sure to highlight the employment development opportunities that you read about on their site to put the interviewer's mind at ease that you won't bail if you start getting bored. If it is to lessen your drive time so you can spend more time with your family then be sure to share that. Be honest and up front."
Property Manager answer example
"Be candid with the interviewer sharing why you are pursuing other companies. The key is to only talk about your past employer in a positive manner focusing on how you would like to better yourself with a new opportunity! Not a fan of your current manager? That's okay! Simply tell the interviewer that you are hoping to find a manager who can mentor you and help you grow as a property manager. Dislike your current working hours? Easy! Tell the interviewer that you are seeking a working schedule that allows you to have more time with your friends and family. Translate your reason for leaving into how you will benefit from the transition!"
Restaurant Manager answer example
"I am not actively seeking a new position but did see your position posted and it prompted me to apply. I believe that our city needs a new hot-spot and I truly believe that your restaurant will be just that. I like my current position; however, I would love to grow with a business that is interested in creating new culinary experiences for its patrons."
Retail answer example
"I've been keeping an eye on your company, and location, for a long time. I am finally ready to make the leap and take a big step in advancing my career. I don't take the decision lightly, and I am so excited for what is to come. I know that I can learn more and grow faster with your company than any other, and I look forward to that opportunity."
Sales answer example
"I feel as though I made a poor choice by taking this most recent job. Headhunted for a brand new company; the framework, leadership, and business plan described when they recruited me did not turn out anywhere close to what they'd envisioned. Nonetheless, I have stuck it out for a year and learned what I could from the position and the organization. I feel it is time to move on. Because of my most recent misstep, I am even more careful about the next move. I want to be sure that I make a solid, informed decision and I feel as though your company is where I should be for the long term."
Teacher answer example
"I am seeking a new opportunity to get closer to home. Also, now that my kids are out of elementary school, I can take the position without the conflict of potentially being assigned to their school. This district has been the dream option for me for a long time."
Welfare Eligibility Worker answer example
"Why are you pursuing a new endeavor? Perhaps you are seeking a new challenge. Maybe you need more money to make ends meet. Or, maybe you have just heard such great things about the job that you couldn't pass up the opportunity. Whatever your reason for leaving, now is the time to share it. Mention a few of the positives about your current employer, and share what you will miss about it as well. This shows the interviewer that you care about your place of employment, but you recognize that now may be a good time to make a change."
Wildland Firefighter answer example
"I am ready to take my career to the next level. I have been working for the juvenile justice department for three years but I always wanted to be a firefighter. I have been training for months and volunteering at the local fire department. I know that I'm ready to take on the responsibilities and ready to make the sacrifices to do so."
Share what you're looking forward to in this new role as a wildland firefighter. If you were working in another field prior to public safety, talk about how you became interested in this new job. Share how you have been working towards it and how you believe you will excel in the field. "