As one of Charlottesville’s leading employment agencies, Adams & Garth knows that job interviews are tricky. If you don’t walk into them well prepared and ready to field questions, then you could be left floundering for answers.

One of the most common – and most difficult to respond to – involves why you’re making a move in the first place. If you don’t like the work you’re doing or aren’t getting along with co-workers, it can be tough to provide an answer that’s both honest and effective.

At Adams & Garth, we’re here to help. Here’s a look at a few tips to put to use next time you’re asked this question in an interview:

Stay positive.

Even if the reason you’re leaving is due to a difficult boss or co-worker, don’t ever bring that up. As the saying goes, “it’s a small world” and the hiring manager could know or be friends with him or her. Not only that, but talking negatively makes you look bad. Instead, take the high road and let the hiring manager know you’re simply looking for a more collaborative environment.

Give them a reason to consider you.

When a hiring manager asks this question, they’re trying to gauge how serious you are about the job. Many times, candidates will get an offer only to decide not to make a move. For the hiring manager, this wastes a lot of time and resources. They therefore want to ensure any candidates they’re truly considering really want the job.

To convey that, respond with something along the lines of: “I’ve learned a lot in my past job, but now I’m ready for an opportunity with more responsibility. Your position seems to offer that.” In addition to the content of your answer, it’s also important to communicate a high level of energy and enthusiasm when you respond to this question.

Tie in your answer to the company.

You want the hiring manager to make a connection between their job opening and your career goals. As a result, it’s important to talk about why you’re interested in the specific company or opportunity and the most relevant skills and abilities you can bring to the table. Also, walk into the interview with a few specific examples of accomplishments – most pertinent to the job – that showcase your strengths.

The trick to answering this question is to keep it positive, be authentic, show your enthusiasm, and position your background as relevant. When you do, you’ll be able to respond to this question in a way that stands out to the hiring manager.

Need more finding a new job that’s right for you?

Call the experts at Adams & Garth. As one of Charlottesville’s leading employment agencies, we work with top companies throughout Central Virginia that are searching for people just like you. If you are reliable, hardworking, and eager to get started, Adams & Garth is the right place to be. Contact us today or search our jobs in Charlottesville now.

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