A recruiter will invariably ask you “Why did you leave your last job?” or “Why are you looking for a new job?” when they interview you. Prepare a short and sweet answer, and stick to it. Over-explaining your previous employment is a major turn-off.
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College Atlas surveyed over 2000 hiring managers for the do's and don'ts of a job interview. Among the 10 most common mistakes, the top two were:
- Over-explaining why you lost your last job
- Conveying that you're not over losing your last job
It's common sense that you shouldn't speak negatively about your previous company. But apart from that, don't dwell on that past. Avoid anything that makes you come across as someone with a chip on their shoulder, or too mired in the culture of the place you left.
If you've been let go, it's hard not to take it personally. If you're asked about it, avoid talking trash and prepare an answer that highlights your skills. Take responsibility, avoid assigning blame to anyone, and refocus the answer on what you learned from the situation.
College Atlas rounded up the learnings from its survey in a neat infographic which you can check out at the link below, which has several other interview tips.