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How can I answer the "Why did you leave your last job" question?

asked 2014-03-31 09:42:02 -0800

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I was recently let go from my job. They told me they felt I was unhappy at my current position and wished me the best. Now I'm not sure how to tell employers why I was let go. It seems like no ones wants to hire me because of this. What can I do?

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answered 2014-03-31 10:42:24 -0800

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Is it true that you weren't happy at your job? I would figure out specific things that you're looking for in a new job (like more friendly culture or different job duties) and then say that the past job or company wasn't a good fit for you and then outline exactly what you're looking for in the next role. You could even use it as your "what is your weakness" answer. Say something like the last company wasn't a good fit for x reason, and it took you a bit to realize it, but now you know what would help you make a company successful going forward.

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answered 2014-03-31 11:10:07 -0800

It might be best to spin this negative into a positive. You could say that being let go made you realize in a more concrete manner what you are looking for in a career. Instead of focusing on why it happened, focus instead on what you have learned from it. Employers want to see that are able to overcome hardships and grow from your experiences.

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answered 2014-03-31 11:03:17 -0800

Personally, I would try to answer with reasons why you chose to leave the company, rather than saying that it was someone else's decision to let you go. When asked, just say the company wasn't a good fit. Maybe the commute was too long, or you didn't mesh well with the other personalities that you worked with regularly. Even if these aren't the main reasons you left, there are probably many small things along those lines that contributed to your unhappiness there in the long run that you can mention.

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answered 2014-03-31 11:30:34 -0800

Focus on what you learned at the previous job and how you've changed since. Then detail how those changes and learnings will benefit the job you are interviewing for. Remember, an interviewer is most concerned about what benefit you'll bring to the company. Use this question as another opportunity to show them that!

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answered 2014-03-31 17:04:29 -0800

I've had to answer this recently and this was simple for me. I had a candid conversation with H R and the opportunity for advancement and growth was not there. I wanted a position I could grow with. This answer only works if the position you are applying for has opportunity for growth.

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