Killer Interview Question: Why Are You Leaving Your Current Employer?

Today’s KIQ could be construed as somewhat intrusive – even nosy. However, their answer (or non answer, as the case may be) will reveal a lot about an applicant’s suitability and values.

Work history is an important part of the hiring process; it lets you know whether an applicant has the necessary skills for the job. But there’s one question most resumes fail to answer: their reasons for leaving each job. This is something that it definitely pays to know about. As financial advice site The Balance explains:

The applicant’s response tells you about his or her values, outlook, goals, and needs from an employer. You can determine what prompted the job search.

There are a number of ways a prospective employee could answer this question. They might list a litany of grievances with their current employer. They might say they’ve been with their company for X number of years and require change. Or they might brusquely tell you it’s none of your business. All of these responses tell you something about the applicant, whether they realise it or not.

How would you answer this question? Let us know in the comments.

[Via The Balance]

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