It is likely that you will be asked this question in a job interview. You may be asked what you dislike about your current job. For both the answer is similar. And although there are many different reasons you can give in your answer for wanting to change jobs (e.g. professional, locational etc...), you should never directly criticise your current company when answering (even if it is the reason why you want to leave the job). In fact, you should compliment your current employer. Then, give a reason why you want to leave that the interviewer can appreciate. After giving the reason, finish by saying why you don't think you'll have this reason at their company. In this online exercise, we will look at business English vocabulary you can use in a job interview when answering a question about why you want to leave your current job.
Read the following three answers by different candidates in interviews to the question 'Why do you want to leave your current job?'. Focus on the words/phrases in BOLD and think about their meaning.
'First of all, I would like to say that I don't have any problems with my current employer. I have worked there for over 7 years and have enjoyed my time there. They have provided me with an opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. And from starting as an analyst, I am now a manager of my own team. I am very grateful for the confidence they have shown in me and also the experience that I have gained. But during these 7 years, I know what I excel in and what I want to specialise in. And due to the nature and size of the company, my opportunities to pursue this area there are limited. So, in order to move my career to the next stage, I have to move on. It's a shame, because I have a very good working with my manager and my team. So, it's not a decision that I have taken lightly. But, I feel that the position that is available here will provide me with the opportunity to focus on an area in which I both excel and love.'
'To be honest, I wasn't job hunting. One of my ex-colleagues forwarded me the advert for the position. I am very happy in my current job. I have achieved all of my goals and I am now in a position where I make a difference for the company. The only reason I would leave my current position is for something significantly better and having read the roles and responsibilities for the job, this position offers it. This role has more responsibility, plus working in a different environment provides a new challenge, which I am sure I can meet. In addition, it would be foolish to turn down the possibility of doing this role in a company with such a strong reputation as yours. I think this role provides an excellent opportunity for the progression of my career.'
'I've spent 4 happy years with my current employer, but due to the current financial crisis, they are currently downsizing their operations. As a result, it's made a lot of people redundant and although I have been informed that my job is safe, there's a lot of uncertainty. So, I feel now is the time to move on and look for a more secure position.'
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