?Why did you leave your last job??

?Why did you leave your last job??


The appropriate ways to answer this question during a job interview.


People used to stay in the same company throughout their entire life. However, job transfers are getting common. Though it is normal, the reason for leaving your last job can be important in a job interview. Based on your answer to this question, a hiring manager will start evaluating and imagining the type of person they might be working with. A positive reason is most of the time better than a negative one. However, if your reason is not somewhat positive, to allow the interviewer understand your situation and avoid giving a bad impression is something you should work on. There are some tips you can consider when confronting this question.

① Explain in detail but not too long.

It’s very easy to talk about positive reasons. Positive reasons like seeking a new challenge or career growth can be good reasons. But there are unavoidable situations where you may have to talk about negative reasons. Explaining in details can help the interviewer understand your situation better or even empathized you. However, remember, do not keep it too long. After you have explained yourself, you should end it with why and how you would like to work with the new company.

② Stay neutral and avoid being emotional

When talking about the reasons for leaving your last job, some may get emotional and start complaining about their boss and colleagues. Getting over emotional may portray yourself as someone who cannot manage your emotional and lead to doubt on your ability in workplace. It’s better to stay neutral and talk about the details.

③ To clear the abnormal points in your resume.

Having done a lot of job transfers can sometimes be seen as having low commitment. So, to explain it clearly is very important in an interview. Instead of waiting for the interviewer to ask you, you can tell them the reasons first. When there’s an unavoidable reason like reorganization of the company, it is best to just talk about it frankly. Explaining what your career vision is, how the jobs in the past bring you to the new job. If your multiple job transfers can be considered as career growth, speak of what you’ve learned from each job transfer. If you can form a keep-learning image of yourself in multiple job transfers, they can be seen as a good impression too.

④ Focus on the reason you want to this new job instead.

It''''s unavoidable that you need to talk about the reason of leaving your last job most of the time but always remember to lead back to the reason you want this new job. Anyway, talking about leaving your last job which is something in the past. So, instead, focus more on the future such as what you can bring to the company if being offered the job position, what you would like to achieve in the company and how you can grow together with the company. Since job transfers are getting common in these days, stating your job transfer reasons discreetly is rather important. Telling the facts with a neutral attitude and portraying a positive image can be really useful when confronting this question. Always remember, focus more on the future rather than the past. Cheers!