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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 job?

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    Why are you looking for a new job?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is asking, point blank, what your reason is for seeking a new opportunity. Perhaps you were terminated, or your company closed their office. Maybe you are not receiving the growth opportunities you once thought you would have. Whatever your reasoning, be positive and do not speak poorly about your most recent employer.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have had my eye out for a new opportunity for some time now. Although I have no direct concerns with my employer on a day to day basis, I cannot see the career trajectory that I need. I would love to join a larger organization like yours with more promising opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I am looking for a new job because the last position that I held was a maternity leave coverage contract which is now over. I enjoyed that role greatly and am excited to start a similar role but on a permanent basis."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I am ready to lead a team larger than the one I lead now. I have asked my current employer for a raise or transfer to a larger location; however, more tenured people currently hold those roles so they cannot make that happen. I have my eye on steady career growth, which is what's fueling my search at this time."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "Currently, I work for a startup, and I am more interested in working for a larger and more established agency where I can learn, work with larger clients, and be mentored by those more knowledgeable than I."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I have been looking for work since graduating with my degree in business administration. I am actively interviewing but am very focused on joining an organization that will set me up for success, right from the start."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I am looking for a new opportunity with less overnight travel requirements. I am happy to travel; however, 20% travel became 60%, and this schedule is tough for my family. I am open to about 25% overnight travel in my next position."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I am looking for a new job after relocating to this city this last month. I am newer to the area but have already met some incredible people. I look forward to making this city my long-term home."

      Heather's Answer for a Health Information Technician Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Auto Mechanic Interview

      "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."

      Heather's Answer for a Medical Receptionist Interview

      "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."

      Marcie's Answer for a Fintech Security Analyst Interview

      "I'm looking to make a move in my career because I'm ready for something new. I've worked within my current position since I graduated college. It's been great, and I love everyone I work with, but I'm ready to move on and meet new people. I specifically applied to this position because your company culture seems like the perfect fit for me, and I am confident that I have the experience and knowledge to excel in this role. I'm interested in working for a startup like yours in particular because of its flat structure and agility. I know that I'm well suited to this kind of environment."

      Ryan's Answer for a Property Manager Interview

      "I've really enjoyed working for my previous company, but I am ready to move on and take on more responsibility. I want to develop professionally and advance my career. I am hopeful to work under someone who can mentor me and share different perspectives of the industry. I have also previously managed small commercial properties, and I'm hoping to take on larger properties with more potential to attract and sign tenants. I am very excited about this new opportunity."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "Although I do not have pressing issues with my current employer, I am seeking an opportunity to grow and advance my career. Joining Qatar Airways (a much larger company) would provide the desired career trajectory. I am selective in locating positions that would be the best fit for my skillset and career goals."

      Lauren's Answer

      This is a great, honest answer. Employers are looking for long-term employees, and you have valid desires to pursue this opportunity to gain leverage and career growth.

      "Although I do not have pressing issues with my current employer, I am seeking an opportunity to grow and advance my career. Joining Qatar Airways (a much larger company) would provide the desired career trajectory. I am selective in locating positions that would be the best fit for my skillset and career goals."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "With the exception of capped salaries, I have no issues with my current employer. I do want to put my insurance career on a faster advancement track and I feel Allstate is the company to achieve this with. I feel Allstate is the right fit with all of the position paths and certifications offered."

      Marcie's Answer

      Great! Nice job on not talking negatively about your current employer (as you know, it's never a good idea to do that during an interview). It's also good that you mention the things you like specifically about Allstate, namely that the company offers opportunities for advancement and growth. Perhaps consider giving some more details about how you'd like to grow within the company within the next several years so the interviewer can clearly understand your ambition and drive.

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