Why do you want to leave your present job or company ?

Various ways in which this question can be asked are:

  • Why are you looking for a new position now?
  • Why did you leave your most recent position?
  • Why did you leave Position X?

Reason for asking this question is:

  • Did you leave for a good reason?
  • Did you leave voluntarily?
  • Did you leave on good terms?
  • What are your work values?

Reasons that are accepted to leave the current job are:

  • Desire to take on more responsibility and grow in a career.
  • Desire to take on less responsibility.
  • Desire to relocate.
  • Desire a career change.
  • Company reorganization has led to dissatisfaction in the work place.
  • Desire a shorter commute to work.
  • Desire to improve work/life balance.

Different ways to answer this question are:

  • I'm looking for a bigger challenge and to grow my career, but didn’t feel like I could give equal attention both to my job search and to my full-time work responsibilities. It didn’t seem ethical to slack off from my former job in order to conduct my job search, and so I left the company.
  • I left my last position in order to spend more time with my family. Circumstances have changed, and I'm more than ready for full-time employment again.
  • This position seemed like an excellent match for my skills and experience, which I am not able to fully utilize in my present job.

Sample answers:

  • First of all, I would like to say that I don’t have any problems with my current employer. I have worked there for over 7 years and have enjoyed my time there. They have provided me with an opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. And from starting as an analyst, I am now a manager of my own team I am very grateful for the confidence they have shown in me and also the experience that I have gained.
  • I have loved my time at XXXX Financial and am really proud of the successful marketing campaigns that I have conceived and managed. However, I think the time has come for a change. We are going through some management changes right now and a lot of projects are on hold.

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