“Why do you want to leave your current employer?”

I got a call from a candidate this week.  He’s interviewing for a new job, and was looking for advice on how to handle this common question.

Usually the people who struggle with this question are unhappy with their current employer, but they are afraid of letting that frustration come through in an interview.

“Don’t bash your employer” is good advice, but how do you avoid speaking badly of your employer?

All you need to do is shift your perspective. Think about what you want in a new job, instead of why you’re unhappy with your current situation.

When an interviewer asks why you want to leave, try to answer in terms of why you want to join their company.  Use the question as an opportunity to show interest.

This subtle shift in mindset should help you approach this question in a healthier, more positive way.

Any other suggestions? Other difficult interview questions? Please comment below.

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