The daunting question that you always fear to hear…. “Why did you leave your last job?”
Sometimes this question can be very easy to answer. It could be as simple as “I was made redundant” or “It was only a temporary contract.” However this isn’t always the case. Meaning that it can be quite difficult to tell the truth while keeping hiring managers interested.
Trust me this question will arise a time or two, so it’s better to be prepared now.
More times than enough hiring managers ask this question because they want to know if you’ve left voluntarily, if you’ve left for a good reason and if you’ve left on good terms. All of these things will hint at you as a candidate. Depending on how you answer these questions, a hiring manager can decide instantly if you will be a good hire or not.
Here are our top tips to help you answer this question;
- State the reason you left diplomatically.
- Talk about all the positive stuff of your previous role.
- Then focus on how these helped your career.
- Mention relationships that you developed.
- If you left on good terms, tell us.
- If you didn’t, don’t be bad mouthing your previous employer.
The most important thing to remember is to always be honest when answering this question. We’re not asking you to tell us everything but at the same time don’t lie and tell us you left positively when you didn’t.
If you initially panic when answering this question don’t worry just try to correct yourself quickly or circle back to it before the end of the interview. Don’t emphasis too much on your previous employer, after all the interview is about you and that’s exactly what the hiring manager will be interested in.
And finally, always mention why the company you are applying for is a good fit for you.
Best of luck in your job search, don’t forget to take a look at our job page for all our latest vacancies.