Why Do You Want to Leave Your Current Job?

Some good sample answers to this question include:

  • It’s been a fantastic experience, but I feel that I’ve learned everything I can in my current position. I can’t see any place to advance within the organization, and I love to be challenged, so I think it’s a good time to move on.
  • I’m very interested in the ground-breaking work in geospatial intelligence/social media strategy/3D animation you’re doing at this company, which I wouldn’t get the chance to learn about with my current employer.
  • I love my job but I haven’t had the opportunity to use my programming/rendering/analytical skills there as much as I’d like to, so I think working here could be a better fit for me.
  • It’s also important to keep your response positive in tone.

You shouldn’t give the impression that working for your current employer has been a bad experience because this will make you seem like a negative person

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • One of the most common mistakes candidates make is badmouthing their current employer, colleagues, or job. This will only make you appear like a gossip and troublemaker.
  • If you mention personality clashes with people in your current workplace, a potential new employer will wonder whether you may have similar problems in a new firm.
  • It’s also important to be specific in your answer. All too often candidates say they want to leave their current job for “personal reasons,” believing this is a discreet way to answer the question. However, this is typically interpreted as stemming from the problems mentioned above and often generates the same result.

The common question “Why do you want to leave your current company?” has left many interview candidates stammering and squirming. However, if you keep cool, you can deliver an appropriate answer to this popular interview question.