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How to Describe The Reason for Leaving a Job During an Interview?

 There are many solid reasons to leave a job, but explaining them to a potential employer might be challenging. 

Leaving a Job During an Interview

Perhaps a screaming boss is driving you to leave, or a ton of work is making it impossible for you to maintain any kind of work-life balance or you are sick of being mistreated or caught at a dead end. Although these may be good reasons for leaving a job, stating this in a job interview to the hiring manager, recruiter, or new company might set off an alert. 

When you go to your next job interview, you'll need to figure out a way to frame your decision to announce, "I quit!" in a favorable light.

The last thing you want to do is run the danger of making the interviewer believe that you were a quitter who couldn't handle the job, wasn't a team player or was difficult to manage. This is how you may be honest about your reasons for leaving your previous position without turning off potential employers.

How to Respond Honestly Without Missing the Opportunity

1. Being Laid Off

Being "laid off" is usually a circumstantial phenomenon since business cycles and market trends determine the workforce. The same rules still hold true whether you were fired after three months or 30 years!

Be credible and truthful with your facts; you have to be able to realistically state them. Think about the lessons you can successfully apply from your work history to your present and future. Start your conversation by saying something along these lines:

"The organization underwent a restructure, and unfortunately, my position was affected."

“Because of changes in the industry, there wasn't enough work to keep me in my position.”

Most recruiting managers will be sympathetic to the fact that layoffs are an awful reality beyond our control.

2. Being Fired

In case you are fired, first, you must exactly know what you need to say and what not as per your arrangement with your old company. Consult your HR department to learn the company's position on the matter and any procedures it may have in place for sharing any information; you must strictly abide by these rules to avoid facing a financial penalty.

Then, be sincere, but not to an extreme. For instance, you may say "I was let go" or "the company and I chose to part ways" rather than "I was fired." After that, make sure you have a brief account of what happened.

When speaking, consider saying something like this:

"Unfortunately, I was unable to fully immerse myself in the product line, which made it challenging for me to communicate the value to potential buyers. I now realize it wasn't the best fit for me, and XYZ is what actually interests me.

"I didn't have the skill set to be successful in that sort of work, so now I'm thinking of possibilities that might play better to my strengths, like XYZ."

Whatever the problem, you need to be able to describe it, point out what you've learned, and reassure the hiring manager that it won't happen with this new job.

3. Decided on Career Change 

Have you ever got to the point where you couldn't bear what you were doing any longer if you are changing careers? If so, that might not be the ideal approach to use when speaking with a potential employer. Say something like: 

"I'm looking for opportunities that will allow me to fully utilize my freshly gained web design talents."

Remember that stability is something that potential employers are searching for, so try to show them that you're not just applying for this job randomly and that you've taken the necessary measures and have done your research on the company to make sure this is what you want.


Whatever you do, avoid rambling in your response to this question. There may be a variety of responses to this query, but if you ramble on persistently, you risk losing your potential employer's interest or, even worse, saying something incorrectly by accident.

Instead, prepare a short and clear response to this question in advance. Put it to use until it comes naturally. By practicing a response, you may provide it with assurance and show that you spent enough time getting ready for the interview. You'll be alright as long as your recitation doesn't seem robotic.

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