The Dreaded Interview Question: Why Do You Want to Leave Your Current Position?

November 11, 2014

Career Advice

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There are plenty of interview questions that are difficult to answer but “Why do you want to leave your current position?” might be the most difficult one. After all, you might not want to share the real answer. These are things that you probably shouldn’t say:

  • “I hate my boss!”
  • “I’m not paid enough!”
  • “My coworkers suck!”
  • “The work is boring!”
  • “I think I’m about to get laid off!”

Why? Because they’re all negative, and negativity doesn’t have a place in an interview setting. It makes you look like a complainer, or an angry person, or like a demanding employee — and employers don’t want that. So what should you say when asked, “Why do you want to leave your current position?” Here’s the magic phrase you need to memorize…

“I’m looking for a position … [insert your response here]… and I think I have found that opportunity here. Can you tell me more about this?”

Because you’ve done your research regarding this position and this company, you should bring up something relevant or something that you’re genuinely curious about. Some things you could say after reciting, “I’m looking for a position…”

  • with growth potential
  • that is collaborative
  • with a diverse client base
  • in a leadership role
  • with a flexible work day
  • that challenges me

By responding to the question with a new question, you’ve hopefully averted the need to discuss anything negative during your interview. If the interviewer tries to dig deep for more info, continue to present your position as a positive experience. Doing so will give you a stronger chance of landing that job offer, and that’s what’s important.



About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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