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How to explain at the interview the reasons for leaving your previous job

In 80 percent of cases at an interview, when applying for a job, you will be asked about the reasons for dismissal. It is equally important for any employer to know the level of your professional competence and loyalty to the company, the motivation for deciding to change your job. Therefore, one must be prepared and know what to answer at the interview to the question: why did you quit?

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What is the reason for terminating the interview?

Firstly, no need to lie. Every decent company has a security service. And she will inquire about you, so the truth inevitably comes up.

The veracity of the answers is relevant in relation not only to the reasons for dismissal at the interview, but also to work experience, marital status ... This is all easily verified.

Secondly, no need to bustle. If the interview is eye-to-eye, then any hitch with an answer to this question will arouse suspicion. Do not try to get away from a direct answer.

Get ready, think about what to say at the interview about the reasons for changing the job at the interview. Answer clearly, confidently, without unnecessary details. Avoid parasitic words.

Thirdly, the answer should not be stereotyped and sound memorized. It will also provoke doubt in your sincerity.

Example: to the question “Why did you fall under the reduction?” You answer: “Crisis. Many are now being cut. ”

Wrong answer, even if partly true. Typically, when a storm, the ship gets rid of the ballast. The same situation is in the era of the economic crisis.

You must admit that it is not very pleasant to recognize oneself as “not valuable cargo”. Therefore, you need to come up with a reason that is not so offensive to pride and more convincing in the eyes of the employer.

To the question “Why did you get fired right after the trial period?” Of course, you can say that this is a constant method of the company that does not want to raise salaries. But it’s better if you say that the dismissal happened by agreement of the parties, that you understood that this is not yours, that this is not what you would like to do.

If fired for an article

This is a separate story. The entry in the applicant’s work book about dismissal under the article is like a flashing red button warning the employer about the danger.

There are several options for the owner of such a work book. For example, lose work, get a job "by acquaintance". If you understand that these are all not your options, then go for an interview and take into account a number of points.

Do not indicate the reason for dismissal in the resume. At the interview yourself do not start a conversation about it. Try to get an interview with a supervisor, not a staff member. So you get an individual approach. And it may come in handy.

If, nevertheless, a question has been asked, answer briefly, without detailing or embellishing. Important! The ability to admit one’s mistakes is usually valued more than cunning and the desire to blame others. Tip: If the manager hesitates, offer to take you with a trial period.

5 beautiful reasons to leave work at an interview

What are the best reasons for dismissal at an interview:

  1. Emotionally burned out. Now this is a pretty fashionable answer. By the way, the term "professional burnout", indeed, exists in nature. Tip: this reason is not suitable if you tend to change jobs every year.
  2. Bankruptcy of a company, reduction of position, reorganization. Caution! This is all easily verified.
  3. Change living place. It became inconvenient to get to work. Tip: you can take advantage of the situation and emphasize your positive features. For example, punctuality: “Getting to work is so long and problematic that due to traffic jams I started (a) to be late. What is punishable and obligatory for me, unbearable. "
  4. I want a white salary and social package. Attention! Suitable for those who in the previous place of work did not have all this.
  5. I heard a lot about your company. I have long dreamed of working in it. Note: a rare employer will not be flattered by such an answer. But take the trouble to inquire and gather information about the company you are striving for.

And another answer, as a role model:

In my opinion, continued work in one place leads to mental regression. I notice that, having studied all the nuances, I am already fulfilling my duties “one left,” on the machine. It becomes uninteresting and boring for me to work. I don’t learn anything new, I don’t grow professionally. I don’t see the point in such a job. AND because I try not to stay too long - For more than three years, do not work in one team, in one position.

3 main mistakes

Criticism former leadership, a demonstration of grievances and claims. “The boss is always right” - in the circumstances, this formula works.

It does not matter who, in fact, was right in the dispute with the authorities. Victory is obviously on the side of the one who is stronger. Deal with it. You need to find a job and a reputation as a brawler and a critic in this business - a poor helper.

We can say that a new director came and brought his team. There was no place for you in it. But you are grateful to the previous management for the experience gained and are now ready to apply it with benefit elsewhere. You can also say about a different vision of the development prospects of the company. Important: the employer often wants to see a characteristic from the previous place of work. And therefore, leaving, do not slam the door.

Small salary. Even if this is true, do not make it the main argument in your search for a new job.

And if you, nevertheless, decided to write in the column “reason for dismissal” "Financial considerations", be prepared to argue your claim for a good salary. Give good reasons, prove your competence as a professional. In other words, justify your market value.

Negative atmosphere a team. Forget the tales of “energy vampires” sitting in the same office with you. And about how Ivan Ivanovich constantly sniffs, and it bothered you. In order not to kill Ivan Ivanovich, you decided to change your job.

Advice: if you still have ill-wishers at the same place of work, then it makes sense to warn the new management about this and add that they did not want to let you go, and therefore refused to give a positive recommendation.

What does the employer think?

He wants to hire a compliant, adequate, competent employee. Therefore, in answering the question about the reasons for dismissal, he hears not quite what the applicant is counting on.

For example, the employer does not like it when the applicant is “imprisoned” only for a large salary.

The course of his thoughts: he wants to receive well, which means that he is motivated by the result and ambitious. This is good and understandable. But this can be easily outbid. Will go to where they promise more. He will leave the company without hesitation if she has financial difficulties. So, not reliable.

Note: as professional recruiters note, every employer wants his company to be loved not for salaries, but for “something more”. Employer does not trust the dismissed by the reduction. In the eyes of the employer, this is not a completely valid reason for dismissal.

The course of his thoughts: reduced, which means it was not really needed. So, you can do without it. Valuable shots are not scattered.

Another thing is if the company survived the reorganization, changed its owner, and the reduction was massive. In this case, the employer may be interested in the appearance on the labor market of professional personnel who have become unemployed due to circumstances beyond their control.

On a note: “personnel officers” have a term for unprofessional and invaluable candidates for employers - “slag”. In the era of crisis, the percentage of “slag” in the labor market increases sharply.

“Why do I want to change jobs?” - what to say at the interview? Remember the 3 main rules:

  • be brief
  • reasoned
  • no conflicts.

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