Why did you leave your last employer?
It’s an uncomfortable question and how to position it whilst retaining a degree of professionalism is a tricky issue for everyone. But it’s one question you’re always guaranteed to be asked in an interview setting: why did you leave your last employer?
Answering this delicate question is, in fact, many people’s biggest pitfall. It requires a blend of credibility, honesty and professionalism: something that reflects well on you and won’t compromise your chances.
Perhaps there wasn’t enough scope for career progression or maybe you weren’t remunerated as adequately as your believe your skill set to be worth. Either way, prepare your answer before you enter the interview room.
What if your boss was difficult to work with? Remember, an interview isn’t the place to complain about other’s actions. Vent your frustrations at home.
Turn your negative experiences into positives. Avoid the stock answers of ‘it paid poorly’, ‘there were no opportunities for progression’, and ‘I worked far too many hours’. Answer the question in a way that not only demonstrates respect for past employers – it will only benefit you in the long term.
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