“Why did you leave?” 5 good tips

NOW Magazine - Career Companion - - FRONT PAGE - Source: Bon­nie Lowe. Tons of tips for job seek­ers can be found at her Web site, www.best-in­ter­view-strate­gies.com

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.

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