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Why are you looking for a new position?

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

Updated on August 9th, 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

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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 for which I am working. I've noticed tremendous growth in your company the past year, and that appeals to me."

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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."

Sales
Answer example

"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."

Teacher
Answer example

"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."

Statistician
Answer example

"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."

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: 06/29/2018
Last modified on: 08/09/2018

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Why are you looking for a new position?
1.
I am currently unemployed.
2.
For better prospectus.
3.
I hope I can stay and work 7 to midnight. And want a real full time job.
4.
The job market encourages free movement between different roles, its mobility and flexibility which maximises the workability of employees.
5.
Unemployed!
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