Today we're going to tackle how to answer the job interview question, "Why do you want to leave?" This question can be pretty awkward, and if you're not prepared you run the risk of embarrassingly answering:
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Answers to avoid:
You don't want to scare the employer away by saying things like:
I hate my boss.
My coworkers are awful. You have no idea.
I want to make more money! They don’t pay me enough!
I'm not really looking for a new job, I'm just looking for something to hold over my boss's head when I ask for a raise.
Definitely stay away from bashing your current boss or coworkers. This will reflect on the type of employee you will make and those answers make hiring managers nervous. When your answer involves complaining about your boss, your coworkers or even your job duties, it looks like you carry a bad attitude, which employers don’t want for their team. Employers want to hire people who have positive attitudes, not complainers.
Keep your answers professional so it shows that you are looking for an opportunity that only they can provide.
Answers to give:
I am really looking for a place where I can grow. That's what really drew me to your job posting, I noticed on your site that you provide a lot of training opportunities.
I've always been interested in the restaurant business. While my background is in retail, I am looking to make a career change to a restaurant, which is where my passion lies.
I'm looking for a job where I can be challenged. I find in my current position that the work isn't very challenging and I want to be in a fast-paced environment where I can push myself.
These types of answers will show the interviewer that you are taking your career growth seriously and are looking to make a positive change.
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