It is a shame that so many job interviewers treat a job interview as an interrogation rather than as a normal human conversation it should be.

Poorly-trained interviewers not only ask inappropriate questions of job-seekers, but they also have a knack for making almost every question sound like an accusation.

 

That’s one reason why job-seekers worry about the perfect way to answer the interview question “Why did you leave your previous job?”

 

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Some people may feel that they have to defend themselves against the presumption that they did something terrible at their previous job that led them to be banished forever!

If you were laid off or terminated from your last job, you might really sweat the question “Why did you leave your previous job?” but you don’t need to. Remember, you never need to tell an interviewer if you were fired.

 

Here are 9 ways to answer the question “Why did you leave your last job?”

 

1.I learned a tremendous amount at that job but there was no additional know-how for me to get there. I was interested in pursuing my love of (whatever you’re looking to do in your next job) and that’s why I contacted your organization.

 

2. I worked way too hard at my previous job to have time available to job-hunt alongside my work, so when I decided I needed a new challenge I left my job to focus on my job search full-time.

 

3. The direction/manager of my last company shifted away from (the topic I’m most interested in) so it was the right time for me to leave.

 

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4. I left that job position in the reorganization after their acquisition, and since then I’ve been focusing on learning more about organizations whose missions particularly speak to me, like yours.

 

5. I finished a huge project at my last job and was very proud of my team. I realized it was the perfect stopping point for me in that company and a great time to try something new. That’s when I find out about your firm.

 

6. I was in Inside Sales in that job and I like it but I was ready to move into Outside Sales and they didn’t have any job openings, so I looked further afield.

 

7. I was one of the first people hired into my last organization and I was happy to help them grow. When they switched from a fast-growth mode to maintenance mode, I made my decision to move on.

 

8. That was a great job opportunity until I realized that I need to get more involved in (dental-floss farming, e.g.) , started to do some research and found your company.

 

9. They were making strategic changes in the company that will be very good for them but made my job much less challenging and interesting, so it was the perfect time for me to make a change.

 

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