Jennifer Tardy: Hey job seekers. Jennifer Tardy here, your career success coach. Today, we continue our job interview question and answer series. Now, we have already answered five questions for you so far. Tell me about yourself. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in five years? Why did you decide to apply to this job?
Now, today we are going to answer the question, why did you leave your last employer? I know this is a question most people cringe, when they’re trying to answer this question. Whether you left your last employer, or they’re asking you why are you leaving your current employer, this answer is there to answer that for you. As always, do not forget to stick around to watch my favorite segment, the Career Success Bonus Tip for underrepresented populations, or UP’s, as I like to call them. We have a lot in store for you today. Watch the video. I’ll see you in a second.
Let’s get right into it. Why did you leave your last employer? Now, why on earth would an employer even care enough to ask you this question? This is a great question to uncover the drama. If you are a risk taker and you want to just tell them all the drama, rest assured that, that is going to be a huge red flag. No one wants to hire a person that is dragging along drama with them. It doesn’t matter why you left your last employer. It is your responsibility to, not be negative.
Okay. Here’s how to not answer this question. Let’s be clear. You don’t answer this question by saying, “Oh, I left a bad boss. Oh, the environment was just toxic.” Do not say anything negative about the employer, about the role, or about your supervisor. Okay? Here’s how to answer this question. You answer this question by framing it in a way, that shows you’re running towards something great, and not running away from something horrible.
How do you do that? You’re able to tell your employer that there was something about either that organization, that actual position, about that manager, about the brand of the organization, that there was something that you saw with this organization, or this employer, or this job, this role, this title, everything that really intrigued you, even though you were content where you were working before. In some instances you were very satisfied with where you were working before. You believe that because of that, this is the next best step for you. You see how that works?
Side note. I mentioned that it could be a red flag if you’re speaking negatively of your last employer. What do you think that red flag indicates? Talk to me about it. Tell me in the comment section. What do you think that red flag … Why do you think that gets red flagged to the employer? I’m really interested in knowing your answer to that, okay?
Speaking of leaving an employer, how do you find a job while you are currently working? That’s most of us. Most of us, when we are looking for a job, the best time is when