Russell reached out to us to ask how you should explain the fact that you quit your last job in a job interview.
Great question, Russell! This can be a little tough to answer. If you aren’t prepared, you could be setting yourself up to look around awkwardly, trying to avoid the subject, which the interviewer will probably not appreciate.
If you left your last job for a reason you couldn’t control (medical, family, etc..) it’s perfectly fine to tell them the reason, without going into too many details. But, make sure you say it in a positive light.
“I ran into some medical issues and was forced to leave my last position. However, everything is fine now and I am looking forward to getting back to work.”
If you quit your last job because you hated it, you want to avoid blaming your old supervisor or coworkers. It is important that you look like you are a team player and will be an asset to their company.
“I realized that the retail field was not the right fit for me. I am passionate about the restaurant industry as a whole and hope to take my career in that direction.”
Do not go into all the company drama or office gossip that drove you crazy, and stay away from complaining about how your boss never appreciated your awesomeness.
No matter what you do or how you explain it, be prepared to be honest. Remember, there is a chance they will need to call your former employer to verify your employment and you want to make sure your stories match up. If they don’t, you may come across as a liar or a risky hire.
If they don’t ask you why you left, then I recommend not bringing it up at all. You want to do everything you can to show them that you are a valuable employee and will stick around.