Difficult Interview Questions: Have You Ever Thought of Leaving Your Current Position in the Past? Why Did You Stay? What is Different Now?
In our last post, we took a look at how you answer a question about why you are leaving your current job. You may be asked a similar question (or a series of questions, as it were) that interviewers may use to follow up with your statement. They will wonder if you have ever pondered leaving in the past, because if this is not a onetime thing, your answer may be in doubt.
How to Answer
Ideally, your answer is no. Still, if you did consider leaving in the past, make sure that your reasons do not make you look fickle. You need to make sure that the company you are applying for believes that you will stay if you are given the position.
“Yes, once before. I had a fight with my supervisor and quit, but then they offered me more money and I decided to stay.”
“Yes, once before. After the last product upgrade it appeared that they were going to shift my role to something that I was less familiar with, and I felt my skills would be better suited elsewhere. In the end, they decided not to make the internal changes and I continued growing in my current role.”
Give an answer that doesn’t make you look like you will leave whenever another opportunity arises or you have any problem. All workplaces have problems. If you wanted to leave in the past, and didn’t, it should be for a reason that the interviewer will respect.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Make sure your answer doesn’t make it look like you will quit easily.
- Try to show that you are committed to commitment.