why you leave your last job?

China
September 6, 2012 10:41am CST
Recently,I leave my first job which I had worked there almost 4 years, and try to find another job. The interviewer often ask me a question which is that why you leave your last job? I answered that I want to enrich my knowledge, and get better development, and in the same time I have not too much space of development in my first work,but the interviewer said that we want a stable person who will do this job long time, but if you work in my company, if you will leave for getting more good development to find another job? I said I learn that your company have a good development prospect, it gives staffs a quite fair competited institution... I don't know if it is a suitable answer, can you give me some advices about this question, I will be very appreciative.
8 responses
• United States
6 Sep 12
I think its a good answer. It only means that you search all about the company that you come up with that answer. It shows that you're ineterested to be with the company. I also left my last job, almost last year but I worked there for only 6 months. Then the manager in my company today also questioned me the same question to you, and answer the almost the same with you. I also added that I want a challenging role and I am not after the salary. *boom!* he accepted me :P hehehe
• China
7 Sep 12
If I said I am not after the money, but when the interviewer asked me what is your expect salary, how can I to say? Actually, I want to get higher salary within reasonable bounds, but I know it's not fit for talking directly.
@lovcie (117)
• Philippines
7 Sep 12
your answer is perfectly fine. it is indeed true that employees leave their jobs not because of money but because of relationship with superiors, career growth to name some. the question of the interviewer is just a normal hr question. he was trying to test you on how well you rationalize things. it is a very good attitude that you have researched about the company before going for the interview. good luck to your job hunting!
7 Sep 12
Well guanguan, your answer is just fine but the company is looking for employees that will stay with them for a longer period of time. One good thing with this kind of company is that they will train you well and make an asset out of you. That's why?
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
7 Sep 12
Your answer is fair enough. Just show your confidence and let them feel that you are really interested to be part of the company for along time. Good Luck!
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
7 Sep 12
I would have to say your answer sounds very professional, I might have to copy it down and memorize it! I know that companies never like to hear people complain about the company you worked for prior, it makes them think you'll be a whiney employee and they won't want anything to do with that.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
6 Sep 12
For me your answer is just right. But we cannot expect that all interviewer will just simply agree. I do think that you just have to convince them that there won't be any reason for you to leave a company.
@wongchoiyee (7352)
• Malaysia
6 Sep 12
That would be 80% correct answer given, mostly company like to know why you want to work with them, tell them your reason and praise their staff benefits, is the right answer. I have gone through a lot of interviews and I know why.
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
6 Sep 12
You answer looks good to me. That's a positive note, that you showed to your would-be company that you believe in them in meeting your expectations and their expectations too. What matters is we work to earn and be productive and gained necessary advancements and learning. Good luck to all of us