You can bet you’ll get it. The question why you want to leave your current job if you are applying for a new job.
“Or: why are you applying for a job?” Judith Janssens adds. She is HR Director for the Global Platform Organization (GPO) within Wolters Kluwer and is involved in attracting and assessing talent in IT roles on a daily basis.
According to a US survey of recruiters by Simply Hired, 56 percent of them ask why the candidate is looking for a new job. The question is, of course, to what extent this also applies to the Netherlands, but it does provide a global indicator. And how do you best answer that question?
“I have to have this job, at this point I’m taking whatever I’m hired for.” Erm… No.
“My boss is a tyrant, I want to get out of there as soon as possible”, also not useful. Even if it’s true, speaking negatively about your employer will only work against you.
“I could use a raise and I think I can earn more here.” Great, but you don’t say that during a job interview either.
The question is a classic pitfall that can come back in several ways. When should you pay attention?
Some examples from the book 199 questions for the selection process of Gupta Timmermans:
What do you like least about your current job? Why are you considering leaving your current employer? Who was your least favorite supervisor and why? If I called your last manager, what would he say about you? Have you ever gotten very angry at work? Have you ever lost sleep over your work? If you were at the beginning of your career again, what would you do differently? What made you decide to become a (position)? What do you find work important? If you look at our organization and at your current organisation, where do you see cultural differences?
“Make sure you are prepared for this”, is the heartfelt cry of Janssens. “Be clear, honest and constructive. If you leave for a less pleasant reason, try explaining this in a way that ‘without soiling the nest’.”
It might be easier to throw your truth out on the table, but don’t do that anyway. “That suits you as a person and indicates that no matter how difficult the situation is, you deal with it or try to deal with it professionally and maturely.”
Responsibility and growth
The American research shows that there is a perfect answer to the question of why you are looking for a new job.Janssens: “Include a certain product or part of the vacancy in your answer and say that you are of course there because the company appeals to you.”
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