Interview 4: Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?

For the best result, make sure you have read this article and already have a write-up of your answer prior to your Cambly session. You can send a longer text to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system.

This following content has been modified from LiveCareer. See the original article here.


Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

The question, “Why did you leave your last job” is often interesting. Whether you left voluntarily or chose to for a good reason, your answer can tell the hiring manager a lot. It benefits you if you left on good terms. Your values are often shown in your reasons for leaving. With preparation, you can show those positive values and how you’re right for the job.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What was your last job?
  • Did you leave voluntarily or for other reason?
  • What positive values can you identify from your decision to leave?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Points to Emphasize

Moving on to another job shouldn’t be shown negatively, even if you were laid off. Tell the hiring manager that moving on is the next best step for you. Make sure to highlight:

  • Positive experiences
  • Your passion for new projects
  • Positive attitudes about coworkers
  • What you’ve accomplished in the industry

Mention if you had been in a position for a long time, which shows your loyalty as an employee.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What positive experiences from your past job could you talk about?
  • What projects or benefits have you accomplished at that job?
  • How long had you been in your previous positions?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Mistakes You Should Avoid

Don’t mention leaving on bad terms. Make sure you don’t:

  • Blame others
  • Look unprofessional, dishonest or unmotivated
  • Talk bitterly or negatively
  • Focus on money

Focus on the positive experiences, rather than negative emotions.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What was the reason you left your previous employment?
  • What emotions did you experience?
  • What words and experiences can you use to make it positive?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Sample Answer

Check out this example for how to answer the question, “Why did you leave your last job?”

“After the largest account at my last company shut down, management needed to cut departments – one of which was mine. However, while there, I had many accomplishments and greatly benefited the company.”

Be positive in your response, while still being honest about your experience.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Write the first draft of your answer with your tutor.
  • Are there any words or phrases that you are not comfortable pronouncing?
  • Now rehearse with your tutor until you are comfortable answering the question without the script.

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