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Why are you looking for a new job?

23 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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
General
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."

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."

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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

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."

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."

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Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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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Why are you looking for a new job?
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I am always looking to learn new skills and there isnt any room for growth in my current position.
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Because I am looking for a more challenging job that I will learn in and be able to progress.
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This is part of my retirement plan . Part of what would like to do as a small pay back or pay it forward for all those to whom I cannot say Thank you for saving my life. I do not consider this a job, but a calling.
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Because I want a new exposure in my life with good salary.
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I am not looking for a new job I am seeing my options.
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I'm seeking new opportunity. I feel like I have taken every possibility out of my current job and there just aren't any challenges left anymore in this job. I feel like it's time to learn new points-of-view regarding the business. I think this job is good for my future and I see a lot of opportunities in it.
7.
I wish to continue my career in radiotherapy which I left temporarily in order to relocate to manchester.
8.
I am looking for a new job because I currently don't have one.
9.
My work life balance has shifted in a negative way and I dont feel that my efforts are appreciated and I always give 110%
10.
Because I need to sharpen my customer service skills.
11.
I have been aware of the benefits of working at Humana for years. Not just the opportunity for financial success but the whole enviroment. Knowing my friends experiences when I heard there was an opportunity to become part of this family I wanted to get onboard.
12.
To increase job skill and provide experience to the existing company.
13.
As I am getting new exposure to my life with a good salary.
14.
I know with vet nursing that no two days are the same and that gets me excited.
15.
My contract wasn't renewed due to decrease in workload.
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Because I would like a change. And change someone else's life too.
17.
I am looking forward that I can able to share my potentials and skills in the company that would applying for.
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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.
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The position I am applying for has always been a goal for me and I want to achieve that goal.
20.
My contract with my previous employer just ended and I have been looking for new opportunities to transition to.
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Productive. Grow professionally and personally with new challenges and opportunities.
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A position to apply my skills and experience.
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Work closer to home provide more for my family my knowledge and.
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New exposure with increased salary.
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I retired 3 years ago needed something to do and I’ve always liked this company so I thought I would apply.
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