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How to Answer “Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?

When you start to work in a company, you are fresh graduate or experienced and you have took a decision to quit from your current job what shall you do in this situation ? how can you deal it ? what are the kind of reasons you will prepare to tell your manager. Of course all of these questions come inside your mind when you have some situations like this.

Reasons for leaving your job

  1. Your beliefs no longer fit with the mission of your organization.
  2. You want more increase in salary and it doesn’t happen.
  3. The company you worked with has gone out of business.
  4. You don’t feel valued in the company.
  5. You can’t find any new challenges.
  6. You want a job with better career opportunities.
  7. You have to leave because of personal reasons.
  8. You don’t like the hours you are working now.
  9. You want the career path to be changed.
  10. You want to work on something else.
  11. You have found better opportunities.
  12. You were laid off.
  13. Your health not okay so you have to leave.
  14. You are going to leave to another city.
  15. Desire to learn new things.
  16. Desire to improve work-life.
  17. The company has closed.

When you apply for a new job, this question the HR manager will ask you why do you want to leave your current job? You can take from there one reason.

How can you answer why are you leaving?

  1. Avoid making mistakes as much as you can.
  2. Avoid negativity.
  3. Avoid lying to the Hr.
  4. Don’t say I am bored at work or don’t say I don’t like this job which means that you don’t feel satisfied.
  5. Don’t say any bad words about your boss or leaders.
  6. Don’t say that the tasks of the job have changed.
  7. Don’t speak in a bad way about the company you want to leave.
  8. Do not ever mention that you are working too much.
  9. You can’t say that you are leaving because you don’t.
  10. You can’t say that you had fired.
  11. Talk about what you have learned before in your current job.
  12. Talk about what kind of experiences you have gained.
  13. What have you enjoyed there.
  14. Tell him that you are looking for a better experience to gain new experience.
  15. Try to keep your answer short.
  16. Be positive.
  17. Be honest and don’t give many details.
  18. My current job is far away from me so I need to find something closer to my home.
  19. Looking for bigger opportunities.
  20. My opportunities for achievement are very rare.

If you can’t consider your reason for leaving ask yourself some questions:

  1. What are your career goals?
  2. What kind of industry you are looking to be in?
  3. How can you see yourself in 5 years?
  4. What is the most thing you need in the new company?
  5. Are you feel okay with your company mission?

The interviewer can ask you why do you want to leave your job in different ways:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why do you want to leave?
  3. Can you list your reasons for leaving?
  4. Why did you leave your last job?
  5. What is the most thing you don’t like about your current job?
  6. What is the worst thing about your role’s current job?
  7. Why do you want to leave your previous job?
  8. Why are you seeking for a new job?
  9. Why are you looking for a new role?


1Focus on your future: You are quitting your job because of a few issues that happened in the past. Recognize those things as what made you decide to leave and look ahead to the future. Your response will state your promise of a better future you seek a new career.

2Do not go in too much details: The more you speak, the more likely you make mistakes be careful about this speak vert short.

3-Stay positive: You can easily show your attitude when you are through. If you have any difficult feelings about your work. Do not blame anyone for wanting you to quit job.

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