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Companies typically want to hire people who will stick around for a while and who tend to leave their organizations on good terms. So, chances are good, any potential employer will ask you in an interview about why you left your last job. Employers may also ask you this question because your answer can shed light on your career goals and show whether you are a good fit for the current position.

The reply you give when you’re asked why you left your last job could make a big impact on whether or not you get hired for your next one. So, it’s important to be smart about how you answer. Here are a few tips:

  • Never be negative: One of the worst answers you could give involves an answer that criticizes your past employer in any way. Even if you left because the company was horrible, you don’t want to share that. Your new potential employer will have no way of knowing if the company actually was bad news or if you’re just a complainer who will find problems with their organization as well.
  • Don’t be defensive or evasive: If you act as though you are afraid to answer the question, the company may begin to believe that you had something to hide or that you left because you did something wrong. So, don’t act as though you’re uncomfortable providing a reason for leaving your past position.
  • Try to rehearse a simple, straight-forward answer. One possibility, for example, could be to simply say “I had been with the organization for a number of years and wanted to experience a new environment t continue growing.” But, you can also try other stock answers that work for you – as long as they aren’t negative, defensive, or evasive.

Leaving your job means big changes in your life, and you want to make sure that you find a great new position where you’ll be an awesome fit. IES Custom Staffing can help you to find your next opportunity after you have left your current job so contact us today to find out what we can do for you.

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