“Why did you leave?” 5 good tips
If you left your last job under less-than-ideal circumstances, you probably dread the "Why did you leave?" question that almost always comes up at job interviews. Here's five ways to handle it.
1. KISS. Keep It Short and Simple. Tell what happened-- you were terminated, you quit, your job was eliminated – whatever. Do not go into detail unless asked.
2. DON'T SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE about your former boss, coworkers or company. Stay positive! 3. Tell what you learned. If they want more details about why you left, tell them what happened and what you learned from the experience. This will give you the opportunity to say how you turned a negative into a positive, and how you will handle similar situations differently in the future.
4. PRACTICE YOUR ANSWER. You should do this with every anticipated interview question. Develop your answer and practice, practice, practice!
5. OFFER PROOF OF YOUR ABILITIES. Confidently tell them that you can provide references or letters of recommendation to verify that your job performance is normally above par. Make sure they understand that what happened to cause you to leave your last job was the exception, not the rule.