How To Answer “Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?” (2021)

Do you have an upcoming job interview? Make sure you know how to answer the “Why are you leaving your current job” interview question! Other examples with similar answers include “Why did you leave your last job?”, “Have you ever quit a job?” and “What made you leave your last employer?”.

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Example Answer (Further Growth)

I’d been with [Company XYZ] for a number of years and wanted to experience a new working environment to continue growing”. Alternative answer: “I’ve learned a lot, but felt ready for a change”

Example Answer (Layoff)

“Unfortunately, [Company XYZ] lost a major client in [Year] so cost-cutting measures were implemented and that resulted in some positions getting eliminated. Despite this unfortunate situation, my former employer will happily provide a good reference.”

Example Answer (Fired)

“After some management changes, it became clear that new expectations for my job role didn’t line up with my qualifications. So the new manager eventually brought in someone from [Department] who had more technical know-how. This experience reinforced my interest and talent for the original role which focuses more on [Subject]. So, lately I’ve been engaged in researching companies and positions where I can use my strengths for greater contribution.”

Interview Question Tips

  • Don’t put down or say anything negative about your ex-boss or company
  • Do focus on: ‘personal development’, ‘career growth’ or ‘new challenges’ reasons