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What could your current employer do for you that would have prevented you from looking for a job?

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

Updated on January 17th, 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 would like to know what you would like to change about your current position. There is a multitude of reasons why an employee would want to leave their current job, and the interviewer wants to know that they will not be the next place of employment that you quit. Can they meet your expectations? Talk to the interviewer about your reasons for moving on and what could have prevented you from starting your employment search. Be sure to avoid speaking negatively about your current employer.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"What prompted my search was a reduction in hours and a pending lay off in the fall due to lack of business. I am satisfied with the majority of aspects when it comes to my current position, but it just isn't providing for me financially."

Admin
Answer example

"My current employer is relocating to another state, and I am not interested in making a move. I could do my job remote; however, my boss is not offering that option at this time."

Manager
Answer example

"I would not say that I am looking solely because of something that my current employer is doing wrong. I have outgrown my role, and there is no opportunity for advancement in sight. I am passively seeking at this time and do want to make a move to a much larger organization, like yours, where opportunities for growth are more readily available."

Marketing
Answer example

"I am seeking an opportunity with a company that has a specific Content Marketing department, which my current, smaller agency does not have. My core skills are in content and copywriting so I would like to focus my career on those particular areas."

Retail
Answer example

"The hours in my current position are no longer working for me. Split shifts were recently introduced now, to save on hiring, and my schedule is all over the place. I do wish that my current employer would have more interest in the work/life balance of its associates."

Sales
Answer example

"I travel about 65% of the time in my current role. Also, this travel is primarily overnight travel. My territory is vast. I have asked to split the state of Texas with another territory sales rep, but my request became denied because it meant hiring another person. I am seeking a role with approximately 30% overnight travel."

Teacher
Answer example

"Between inflated class sizes and incredibly huge budget cuts, I am not sure what more they could do. It isn't the fault of the Principal or faculty. I truly appreciate all they do for me which is why I want to leave on excellent terms when the time comes."

Temporary Staffing Recruiter
Answer example

"What prompted my search was a reduction in hours and a pending lay off in the fall due to lack of business. See, my current agency works only on trucking and transportation roles, so when the driver strike began, our job orders declined as well. I am satisfied with the majority of aspects when it comes to my current position, but it just isn't providing for me financially."

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: 01/17/2019

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