Why Do You Want To Leave Your Current Job?

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Why do you want to leave your current job? This question is deceptively easy to answer, but if you have not thought about it, you could potentially shoot yourself in the foot. This is a question you should prepare for prior to walking into an interview.

Interviewers are listening for valid reasons you want to leave your current job. If you are running from a bad situation, this is not the time to talk about it. If your boss is unbearable or unmanageable, this is not the place to make those complaints.

Why do you want to leave your current job? What is it you are looking for in your next position? Are you interested in promotion? Are you interested in a new career path? Beyond any bad situation you find yourself, what else motivates you to look for a new position?

I am currently applying for a new position. I love the job I have, however, it is time for me to get back to a field that I have a passion for – training and development. It has been 6 years since I have been involved in training and development and I am ready to go for it again. So I am pursuing job opportunities in that industry.

Why do you want to leave your current job?
1. Because you are looking for more responsibility
2. Because you are interested in learning new things
3. Because you are looking for a greater challenge
4. Because you are looking for a company you can grow with

Avoid any issues with your current employer, your boss, your peers, or your work load when answering this question.

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  • http://www.davedec.com Dave

    Answeing “learn new things, greater challenge, more responsibility, company to grow with” might seem good, but these answers can hurt, too. Why? What if the hiring manager worries that you may get bored in the current job? If that’s the case and you honestly do not want a job unless it has these things, then these are good answers. If you really need the job, you should recommend answere like looking to get into the field or business and clients the new company has.


  • http://http://mcdarling.tripod.com Darlene McDaniel

    Hey Dave, Thanks for visiting. What a great question you pose here! “What if the hiring manager worries that you may get bored in the new position?”

    Whenever you are interviewing for a position, how you answer is just as important as what you are saying. Most hiring managers, good ones, will know if someone is not telling the truth about why they are looking to move. They understand it when people are looking for advancement, more responsibilites. I do agree with your recommendations for the list. If you want to get into the field that is great thing to say to a hiring manager. Make sure you add to that, what you have done to prepare yourself for making a career change. Very important. If you just “need” a job, not such a good answer to give. I may write about your question in a future post. Stay tuned and thanks for visiting!

  • Rita

    I’m working as an exec.secretary to the MD of a large co. Bosses are also very good. The environment is boring. Certain rules are not displeasing. Moreover salary is the main criteria. What should be my answer for change of job

  • http://http://mcdarling.tripod.com Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Rita! Thank you for visiting Interview Chatter. You ask a great question. Here are my recommendations:

    If pay is your reason for making the move, that is one of the last things you want to speak about in the discussion. What you do want to do is discuss your desire for more challenges and more responsibility. These things are tied to compensation. It is very important for any job seeker to discuss the value they will bring to an organization. The more value you can bring, the more likely you can increase your compensation.

    See my post: http://www.interviewchatter.com/do-you-know-who-you-are-and-what-you-bring-to-the-table/

    If you know who you are and what you can bring to an organization, you will get more money without even asking. Good Luck. I would love to know your thoughts on my comment.

  • Sandy Thomas

    Hi, I’m currently a tax analyst. I only have 1 1/2 year of experience and I want to change to general accounting. The reason why I want to change is because I want to earn more money and work less hours. The tax department where I’m working at requires too much overtime, I mean nights, Saturdays & Sundays. I don’t mind working overtime but this is too much. I’m on salary so it does not compensate the overtime I do. I don’t know what to answer employers when they ask me why I want to change from tax to general accounting. Can anyone advice?

  • http://yahoo.co.in atish

    Presently i am working as Finance & Accounts executive in a corporate sector. i am going to appear for an interview for a similar post but head of Finance & Accounts Deptt. in an Educational Institute. I want to appear in the said interview because the place of posting is in my home town and i feel that the working in a educational institute as Finance & Accounts executive Head will be an oppertunity for me to manage the F&A Deptt. independently and efficiently.

    What should be the answer in the interview if i am asked why do you want to leave your current job.

  • http://yahoo.com Kabir

    I am working as a CCE in a BPO and would like to get the exact answer of you this question “Why do you want to leave your current organization?”

    I am applying for a post of Telesales for better opprtunity.

  • Diane

    hi, i am currently working as an administrative secretary in a very big compagny. The pay is good but the policies are not understandable. Things are being done how and when the boss feel like and preferential treatement is giving to some staff members and this is very frustrating for those who really work hard for the company but are not recognized. I am therefore applying for the position of Executive Assistant in a different company. How should i answer the question “why do you want to leave your current position”.

    Thank you

  • http://www.toughquestionsgreatanswers.com/ Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Diane, Thank you for stopping by today. Are you leaving the current position because of all of the “madness” going on in the organization? Or are you leaving because you want to be challenged? You want more responsibility? You want to learn more? etc. You can focus on the madness of the organization or you can look at all the benefits you gain by making a transition. Make sure you are not jumping from the fire into the frying pan. In other words, things look and feel bad in your current organization, and then you get to the new place and it is worse. Ask questions, and take the time to assess the new situation with a critical eye before you say “yes” and then you are in a worse situation. Please let me know if you have any additional questions!

  • http://billeater.com/ how-to-save-money

    How do I add this to my RSS reader? Sorry I’m a newbie :(

  • http://www.toughquestionsgreatanswers.com/ Darlene McDaniel

    Hi How to save money! Thanks for stopping by bizzia Careers!

    Go to the top of my page and you should see a “News Feed” button – Click and than select your RSS feed from the drop down box. Please contact me by email if you any additional questions. I am happy to help!

    Have a great day!


  • Anil Naidu


    Currently i am working as Technical Support Excuetive, we support the application not desktops,ISP,notebook related,and I want to work such orgnaisation which gives me good knowledge and were i can learn current updates in Techical field but I dont know how to speak and it get deliver correctly.

    Thank you,
    Anil Naidu.

  • http://www.toughquestionsgreatanswers.com/ Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Anil,

    I am happy to help in any way that I can. If you need assistance with speaking about what you need or want in a job/career, please send me an email: darlingmcdaniel@gmail.com. We can set up an appointment by phone. I give 15-30 minutes of free coaching. If you want to talk beyond that my fees are very reasonable. Let me know and I will get you on my schedule.


  • Pagngnva

    I have three year experience as accountant and now I want to move to another company because recently the company assign new policy that the staff who can be a high position incase of they are fluenct both speaking and writing Vietnames so now I am looking for a new job. How do I answer when interviewer as why do you want to leav your current job?

    Thank Best

  • http://www.toughquestionsgreatanswers.com/ Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Pagngnva,

    I will assume that you don’t meet the requirements that the organization has created if you want to move to a higher position. Are you leaving because you are interested in getting a promotion? Are you leaving because you want more responsibility? The issues (the changes the organization is making and your reason for leaving) don’t have to be connected at all.

    If you are leaving because you are looking for more responsibilities or because you are looking for a new opportunity that will allow you to grow, than you say that. Don’t connect the two.

    Please let me know if this helps.


  • jk

    There are ethical differences between the leadership team and myself and essentially, my boss or bosses tend to use me as a pawn or scapegoat or become an encumbrance for any prospective improvements that could be made to the current processes because they need to cover up stupid things they have done or mistakes they have made. Especially so for my direct boss who is a director & head of dept. I am working for a bank. The corporate values in my team isn’t working out for me. I can’t make further improvements because I am not allowed to, I can do things better because they won’t let me lest I let out a cupboard of skeletons. I am looking for a new job where i could have a positive and forward looking environment & leadership team but at an interview, is it appropriate to quote ethical differences as the reason why i would like to move?

  • http://www.bizzia.com/topic/careers/ Darlene McDaniel

    Hi JK! WOW, what a question “Is it appropriate to quote ethical differences as the reason why I would like to move?” That is a power-packed question. Let me answer it this way, “yes and no.”

    Let me begin with “no” and I believe you will see why I also say “yes”. No, because you don’t want to say anything that may be misinterpreted as a lack of support for the organization and/or the leaders of your current organization. Interviews are all about finesse when you have something to say that may be less than pleasant.

    In this case, you are in an organization whose values are out of alignment with your personal values. It is fine to select an organization whose values are more in alignment with yours. In fact, I highly recommend that for any employee/employer relationship. It is all in how you say it. Here is one recommendation for how you can say it, “I am looking for an organization that better aligns with my values for initiative, for creative thought and ideas. I am looking for an organization that will allow me to grow, to work on a team, to be innovative …” and the list can go on. That is where my “yes” comes in. By virtue of sharing what you are looking for in an organization, you never say what they are or aren’t doing, just declare your needs to the potential organizations you invest time interviewing with and leave out the parts about what is not working for you unless they ask you a direct question about it. Even if that happens, you can share what it is you need, your desire to contribute more in a new organization. Without putting the dirty laundry out on the table.

    I trust this will help you!


  • jk

    Hi Darlene!

    Thank you very much for that! That is very helpful. I can try that in my interviews when the come up! And I agree if they do ask me directly it will be challenging but I will try as much as possible to keep the dirty laundry out of the way and focus on my desire to contribute more in a new organization :)


  • Mihir

    I want to leave job because there is politics in the organization. My boss doesnt give me enough responsibility and hence he is not allowing me to grow. Please suggest!!!

  • http://www.bizzia.com/topic/careers/ Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Mihir,

    Thank you for stopping by bizzia Careers. I am not sure what to suggest to you at this point. I don’t recommend that you leave your job until you have another job to transition to. If your question is whether your reason for wanting to leave your job is valid, you will have to make that decision. I wouldn’t suggest you use it in an interview however. If you are looking for more responsibility in your next job, that is enough information to give to a hiring manager. Make sure the jobs you are pursuing require more responsibility. If you have another question, please post another comment and I will respond.

    Have a great day!


  • http://Yahoo.com Sam

    I have aound 3 years of Experience in General insurance & Life insurance sectors presently i’m working as an “Quality Analyst” in an Captive Company.
    I want to change this job as there isn’t any chance of Increment or Promotion also the Pay i’m getting isn’t enough for me to support my Family and also working offrolls.
    please suggest me an answer i want to join an BANKING Company in a sales positions as an Asst, Manager.

  • Darlene McDaniel

    Hi Sam,

    I am not clear on the question you are asking. Please feel free to resubmit it and I will do my best to answer your question.


  • sukhpreet

    hi darlene, i was going thru with above comments thread, and i am very confused, i have been working for an IT company and looking for a change, but my communication skill is not that good, so could u suggest me that how to improve my comm. skills,

  • rahul

    i have 2 years of exp in Finance sector i looking for a change who do i answer for this question.
    why do you want to leave your previous organization

  • Joey

    I leave the current job after 6 months , because of the issues with my current superior , workload and stress, now i am looking for new job, how to answer when interviewer ask me ” Why you want to leave your current jobs after 6 months only” ?

    thank you.

  • Darlene McDaniel

    Good Morning Sukhpreet,

    Strengthening your communication skills is definitely possible. There are different kinds of communication skills and different ways to strengthen them. My first recommendation is to take a class. Especially if you want to strengthen your oral communication skills. Take a basic speech class at a community college. A speech class will force you to write and speak in front of people. Another way to strengthen your oral communication skills is to join a Toastmasters group. They will also challenge you to speak in front of people. The best way to improve any skill is to practice. Put yourself in a position to practice the skill until you fine tune it and it is what you want. Writing skills can be strengthened as well. Take writing classes and allow others to critique your writing. Community colleges offer writing classes as well.

    If these two areas are not what you are looking for, please let me know. Good luck to you!


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