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Explaining Why You're Looking for a New Job

Explaining Why You're Looking for a New Job

Author: Scott McKenna/Wednesday, August 04, 2021/Categories: Blog, SNI Companies, SNI Financial, Industry Trends, SNI Certes, Industry Trends, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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During the interview process, you’ll likely be asked the question, “Why you are looking for a new job?” When answering this question, there are some basic guidelines you’ll want to follow to ensure you come across as professional, polite, and prepared. Here are some suggestions on how to handle this common interview question…


During an Interview

Whether you’re speaking with a recruiter or interviewing with your potential new boss, they will want to know why it is you’re looking for a new position. How you handle this question will give the interviewer insights into your personality and level of professionalism. It’s important to be honest and to communicate diplomatically. Our suggestion is to share one or two reasons why it is that you’re seeking a new position. Perhaps it’s that your current role has grown stagnant, and you’d like to further your career, or that you’re seeking a better management relationship and mentorship than what your current employer provides. Whatever you’re reasoning, politely and clearly explain the situation then quickly pivot the conversation to the new career opportunity and how that role would better serve you. Another suggestion is that when answering the question, you’ll want to avoid using strong words such as “hate” and you never want to criticize your current company, boss, or co-workers. Instead, reframe the situation, and how it served as a learning lesson for you, and why the new employer would better suit your needs and talents.


If you’d like some more examples on reasons for leaving you’re role and exactly how to answer this question during an interview, check out this great article on Indeed.


Speaking with Your Current Employer

When you inform your current boss at work that you’ve found a new role, they may also ask why you’re leaving. The way you handle this is to keep it short and sweet. You want to always leave your current role on good terms so simply let them know you found another opportunity that will serve you better in furthering your career. You don’t want to get into the details about whether it’s a higher salary or a better cultural environment. Be concise with your explanation and do let them know that you’re grateful for the time you had at your company and the knowledge and support they provided you in your career. One final suggestion is that you don’t want to burn bridges, so giving your current employer a 2-weeks’ notice is common courtesy in most work settings, as well as getting your loose ends tied up and leaving things as organized as possible.



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