Why are you looking for a new opportunity?
You can understand why any employer would ask this question, and you need to answer this delicately but directly. Here are a few things to avoid:
Don’t be dishonest.
Honesty is the best way to begin a relationship, and nothing is worth dishonesty. A truthful answer will allow the opportunity for you to have a meaningful conversation about what you want in a future workplace.
Avoid negative remarks about your company or fellow employees.
Honesty does not require negativity. Don’t throw anyone under the bus. Remember, if you talk negatively about someone, your potential employer will assume you’ll talk about them in the same way. This negativity will not be an attractive quality.
Refrain from being sarcastic.
Sarcasm is unprofessional and portrays you as a defensive, off-putting person. While you should be clear about your reason, you should also remain kind.
Whatever your reason, begin by speaking positively about your current or previous place of employment. After that, you can give your reason. Here are some common reasons people leave current places of employment.
“The commute was very long, and it was taking a toll.”
“There was more travel than I preferred.”
“I am moving or relocating.”
- Company Reasons:
“There were layoffs because of downsizing, restructuring, or new management.”
- Career Goals/Change :
“I’m looking for a new challenge in my career.”
“There doesn’t seem to be a future in my current role.”
“I want to try something new.”
“I want new advancement opportunities.”
“There has been a change in the market/industry.”
“I have learned new skills.”
- Company Issues:
“I am having a difficult time working with my colleagues.”
“The work is not what I expected.”
“I am unsatisfied with my supervisor.”
“There are long hours. It’s exhausting. The work is not energizing.”
“I have moral or ethical issues with the company I am currently working for.”