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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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Why are you looking for a new position?

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  1. 1.

    Why are you looking for a new position?

      How to Answer

      When an interviewer asks you this, make sure you always keep your answer positive. If you are leaving your position because you don't like your boss, be sure to phrase it more eloquently. If you aren't sure how to reply, remember - it's always a safe bet to focus your answer on career growth and exciting opportunities.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "Career growth and professional development are driving me to seek a new position. As wonderful as my organization has been to me, I do not see an opportunity for upward growth. When I saw your posting for an executive assistant supporting the C-suite, I knew I had to apply."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I do not take this move lightly. My current company feels like a family. I need to see further challenge and growth so, after giving it much thought, I put my application out. My decision is on timing, the fact that you are the right company, and the position is not a lateral move for me. All of these stars have aligned in this one job you're looking to fill, and it is calling my name."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I feel that I have outgrown my role as it is with a small marketing agency. I am looking for an opportunity in which I can work with more robust software, on larger projects, with clients who have bigger budgets."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I have been with my organization for four years and have moved up through almost every rank the store offers to get to where I am today. I am so grateful to the store, the management, and customers for the opportunity and growth I've experienced over the last few years. However, I feel as though I need to conquer the next challenge. I need to stretch outside of my comfort zone to grow in a new industry."


      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I feel that I've reached the highest point I can at my current position. I am exceeding sales metrics, but what I am longing for is a team to lead. Right now, and in the next year or more, there is no such position. Because of this, I need to look for another, better fit where I can grow to my fullest potential."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I am seeking a transition to a new district because my spouse needs to transfer offices and we are looking to move to this area. Since my kids will be attending this school, I thought it would be an excellent idea to apply here as well. Your school has an excellent reputation, which sweetens the deal for me as well."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Abdominal Sonographer Interview

      "I value growth. It's important to me that I grow in my career to continue to be a valuable asset to the organization I'm working for. I've noticed tremendous growth at your facility the past year, and that really appeals to me."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Statistician Interview

      "I have been with my current company for 4 years now and have received 3 promotions in that time. There is nowhere further that I can go in order to grow my career which is why I am looking for a new opportunity."

      4 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "Unfortunately, after 12 successful years at my previous employer, my entire department was consolidated in Taiwan. After a refreshing break, I realize how much I love my profession and seek to find a position at least as fulfilling as my last role."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good! You do a good job highlighting your tenure to show that you are stable and reliable.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I'm looking for growth in my career and having different responsibilities, and I strongly believe it's the right time to start working on achieving that and what I noticed is that your organization always have interesting opportunities that will help me to grow."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good. Career growth is a very good reason to be looking for a position. Again, I'd be more specific about how you intend to grow your career and skills within the organization.

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