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Reasons for Job Change — Learn How to Answer Aptly3 min read

January 2, 2020 3 min read
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Reasons for Job Change — Learn How to Answer Aptly3 min read

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While fac­ing an inter­view, you’ll cer­tain­ly be asked one of the most com­mon inter­view ques­tions – “Why are you leav­ing your cur­rent job?” or to sim­ply state, the rea­sons for a job change. This is an unavoid­able ques­tion that most­ly the Human Resource Depart­ment asks.

Why “Reasons for Job Change” needs to be Prepared:

  • First­ly, the rea­son for chang­ing your cur­rent job indi­cates what pro­pels your deci­sion to quit. It is impor­tant and needs to be pre­pared because it sets a very strong impres­sion in front of the new employer.
  • An appro­pri­ate answer to the ques­tion is very impor­tant. Blab­ber­ing any­thing can lead to rejection.
  • You need to answer this ques­tion care­ful­ly. What you men­tion as the rea­son for job change might be verified.
  • The stat­ed rea­sons for job change indi­cate your deci­sion mak­ing and behavior.

How to prepare to answer Reasons for Job Change

Here are some sim­ple tips that you can fol­low to answer this ques­tion in a plain-sail­ing manner.

  • Share Appro­pri­ate­ly

The deci­sion to leave your cur­rent job might be a mix of many fac­tors. How­ev­er, some of the fac­tors might not be good to share or can lead to an unex­pect­ed sit­u­a­tion while fac­ing an inter­view. The scope of hid­ing these fac­tors should be the least as it is ide­al to answer with transparency.

  • Do Not High­light Negative

It is bet­ter that you don’t talk too much neg­a­tive about your last com­pa­ny. It is okay to spec­i­fy the lim­i­ta­tions or the prob­lem areas but elab­o­rat­ing the neg­a­tives might not set a good image about you.

  • Be Truth­ful

Answer­ing this ques­tion will be eas­i­er for you if done with hon­esty. If you state true rea­sons to change your job, you would need the least or no prepa­ra­tion to face this question.

  • Sig­nif­i­cant Enough

The rea­sons for a job change should be sig­nif­i­cant enough. It should not be the case that your rea­sons are not major and can be fixed with more effort or skill in the giv­en direc­tion.  The rea­sons should be those that can­not be worked upon in the giv­en set up or resources of the organization.

  • Be Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Ready

What­ev­er are your rea­sons for a job change, you should be ready to get them ver­i­fied. Any­thing that is not ver­i­fi­able should not be men­tioned. For exam­ple, if you men­tion that your office closed or your process was shut down then there is a high prob­a­bil­i­ty that the new employ­er cross ver­i­fies it.

  • Empha­size the positives

You already know that talk­ing too much neg­a­tive might not set the right image. Instead, high­light the pos­i­tives that come with the job change. More­over, you may look for new oppor­tu­ni­ties while chang­ing the cur­rent job.

Some Examples of How to state the Reasons for Job Change

” I want to switch from my cur­rent job because I don’t find it to be chal­leng­ing any more. The learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties are lim­it­ed, but I want to explore a lot more in this domain in com­ing years”

“The major rea­son to job change is mon­e­tary growth. I think the com­pa­ny does­n’t give good com­pen­sa­tion, ben­e­fits and rewards to its deserv­ing employ­ees. More­over, I have always been one of the best per­form­ers in the com­pa­ny and yet no finan­cial gains”

“I want to switch because my cur­rent com­pa­ny is shift­ing its place of oper­a­tions. The new loca­tion is far to trav­el and I can’t cur­renl­ty relo­cate myself”

“I want to switch because I think my learn­ing has stopped and I don’t want to work in the state of sat­u­ra­tion. I look for­ward to a job pro­file that pro­vides me with ample num­ber of learn­ing opportunities.”

“The rea­son for chang­ing my job is lack of team dynam­ics. I like to work in a set up where­in I can con­tribute, exchange ideas and learn from each oth­er. I want to join a team where I get to learn and also get guid­ance from seniors.”


In con­clu­sion, when answer­ing rea­sons for job change in your next inter­view you need to be pre­pared well, keep­ing the above tips in mind. You can also take ref­er­ence from the sam­ple answers shared. Get going, all the best!


Isha is a post graduate in Economics and has a passion to curate great content for web users. She has a research and writing background in Higher Education, Jobs and Digital Marketing space.
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