Job Interview Question: “Why are you looking to leave your company ?”

A recruiter asks: “Why are you looking to leave your company ?”

If you tell them you want to grow, they think you have a hidden political agenda.

If you tell them that your boss is unfair, they will think you have problems with authority.

If you tell them that you are not satisfied with the current salary, they will think you are greedy.

If you tell them that you do not get along with someone, they will think you are hard to work with.

If you say you want to be closer to home to spend time with your family, they will think you are lazy.

If you tell them that you are looking for bigger challenges, they will think you are not honest.

If you tell them that you want to acquire new skills, they will think you will quit them when you are done acquiring.

If you tell them they are the ones who initiated the contact with you, and got you interested, they will think you are a smart-ass.

The truth is – all the reasons above are valid, and those are the real reasons why good people quit.

Which makes this question stupid – makes people uncomfortable, and has lots of answers that are valid, but make no practical difference for you.

Change the question: “Why are you looking to leave there” to “What you find interesting here?”

What’s your idea? Please leave your comment here.

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