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Looking at your resume, you've had a number of job changes, what would make me think that you will stay with our company?

1 of 15 Stress Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | 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

Most hiring managers will consider more than two jobs in the past five years to be frequent movement. Take some time to explain your career progression to the interviewer. Be sure to avoid speaking poorly of any of your previous employers. This question is not the time to ramble on about how your former company did you wrong. Short and sweet is most appropriate here.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"Leaving Company X was due to a merger, and my role eliminated. Company Y was a seasonal role, and I am now looking for a new position because my contract with Company Z is complete this March."

Admin
Answer example

"In my career, I have made moves to advance in my field of expertise. I am looking for a company that I can grow with long-term, and contribute value to, for many years to come."

Manager
Answer example

"I have had a couple of unexpected moves in the last few years. You will see that my tenure, before the latest two positions, was solid. Company ABC went bankrupt shortly after I joined. Unfortunately, they did not disclose to me that they were in financial trouble before I joined their organization. Most recently, with Company XYZ, they decided to move their headquarters to Texas, and I am not able to relocate my family."

Marketing
Answer example

"The last two positions on my resume were internships and not long-term positions. The role before that was to get me through school. I am now looking for a full-time role related to my new Marketing degree."

Retail
Answer example

"I wish that I would have vetted my last two companies a bit better before joining them. One offered a very toxic environment which is why I left after just three months. The other went into receivership and closed their doors."

Sales
Answer example

"I am seeking a position where sales targets come from facts and not just a whim! I have unfortunately joined a couple of startups and the first year's goals were simply not realistic or achievable. This frustration has led me to believe that my skills are better suited for a larger organization with historical numbers and results to rely on."

Teacher
Answer example

"I have relocated a few times, as my husband is a soldier and his posts have changed frequently. He will be working in this area for the next 5-8 years, and I look forward to enjoying long-term employment."

Written by:

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.
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.
First written on: 01/10/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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