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Why are you looking for a new job?

1 of 30 Common Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on February 19th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
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."

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."

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"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."

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"I believe that I have absorbed everything I can from my current company. I have outgrown the role of marketing coordinator, and there isn't an upward move in sight. I began the search for what I believe to be the best fit for me and I found you guys! I want to work for someone who works on campaigns I believe in."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Answer example

"While I've enjoyed my time working in my current role, your position for a nurse in your women's health clinic will help me expand my horizons as a nurse and put me where I have always dreamed of being a nurse. I came into the profession to help work with women with specific health issues and this would be my dream job in doing so."

Surgical Technologist
Answer example

"Although I can say many great things about my current employer, I am looking for an opportunity for growth that they cannot offer me, due to the nature of our small team."

Medical Assistant
Answer example

"I think any healthcare provider who has worked very long in this profession will tell you that, at one time or another, he/she has had a patient who was not very cooperative. I had a patient throw his food tray at me once. While I was not happy about having oatmeal all over my outfit, I took a minute and talked to the patient to find out what was really going on. I found out that the patient had reported an allergy to oatmeal and had asked the nurse the day before to make sure that dietary knew of the allergy. When he received his breakfast tray, he became upset and threw it at the first person he saw. I cleaned the mess, ordered him a new tray, and noted his chart of the allergy. He was later apologetic."

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."

Behavioral Health Technician
Answer example

"I have worked in my current role for ___ years and feel that I have reached my potential at this particular clinic. While researching your clinic, I was noticing how you have more programs that focus on ___, which is what I am interested in pursuing. I also feel that this clinic would provide me with more growth opportunities."

TSA Screener
Answer example

"I realized this past year that I want to be a TSA Screener. The job is very important and has great meaning, and I think I would do really well at it. I like the TSA Screener job more than my current job because it will allow me to interact with people face-to-face. Right now, I communicate with people over the phone all day, and I prefer the face-to-face interaction."

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."

Warehouse Clerk
Answer example

"I have about three years' experience working with pallet jacks, panel moving trucks, hand trucks, and dock levelers. I am great with small equipment and am confident in my ability to learn any other equipment you would require of me to operate."

Blood Bank Laboratory Technician
Answer example

"I believe my dedication to my studies and the compassion that I have for others is something that will make me an asset if I am given the opportunity to work here. I look forward to being able to become a part of a team and becoming an asset to the teamwork that needs to be accomplished."

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."

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."

Power Plant Operator
Answer example

"I have been with my current employer for 6 years and have felt very little growth over the past year. I am ready for a new challenge and look forward to strengthening my career in a larger operation such as yours."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 06/08/2015
Last modified on: 02/19/2019

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I am looking forward that I can able to share my potentials and skills in the company that would applying for.
The position I am applying for has always been a goal for me and I want to achieve that goal.
My contract with my previous employer just ended and I have been looking for new opportunities to transition to.
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