One of the most challenging questions asked in an interview is responding to the question, “Why you are considering leaving your current employer.” Hiring managers are obsessed with getting answers to this loaded question. If not addressed properly, it could cost you a potential job.
Companies want to know what issues you have with your current employer as to avoid similar instances with them. It is not for your benefit, it is for theirs. The bottom-line is that they don’t want to hire a “problem-child” into their firm.
Here are (3) Tips to help you better deal with this scenario:
- Withhold your anger and resentment. Never, ever say anything about your current firm or the people you work with. Don’t let the hiring manager trick you into saying something negative, even if you feel like you are getting screwed! Take the high road and don’t mess up your chances of getting a new job. Forget about the past and move forward.
- Create a story of why you are looking for a new job. Every situation is unique but come up with something positive to say that doesn’t reflect badly on your current employer. Keep your answer vague. Say something like,’ I am looking for growth and advancement, of which my current firm can not provide at this time,’
- Obtain Referrals now while working. Form allies at your present company and ask them to give you a referral now. Linked In is best for this because it looks like you are building your profile rather than looking for a new job. So many hiring managers and business professionals use this site to check you out it is a must for building your career summary. Don’t wait until you leave your company to get referral, do it now.
Interviewing for a job is a game. Many times it is more about how you do in an interview than the quality of your skill level. Learn how to play the game, and you will have a better chance of getting the job. And, never speak badly about your current employer.