Interview 15: What Are You Looking For In A New Position?

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…

With the question, “What are you looking for in a new position?” your interviewer wants to know why you’re applying for the position and what you’re looking for in your job search.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Think about why you are applying for a position.
  • How do you tend to speak of previous employers?
  • What motivates you about a particular position?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Points to Emphasize

For an effective response, follow these tips:

  • Describe your current or last employer positively.
  • Be clear in your reason for leaving.
  • Support your response with positive examples.
  • Connect what the new job offers with what you miss in your current position.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • How could you describe your previous employer in a positive way?
  • What is your reason for leaving your current position?
  • What does this new job offer that you’re missing in your current role?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Mistakes You Should Avoid

Watch out for these mistakes in your response:

  • Don’t be too vague.
  • Don’t be disrespectful of your current company.
  • Don’t lead with personal reasons for leaving.
  • Don’t be overly sad about leaving.
  • Don’t make the interviewer question if you’ve really thought through your decisions.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What specific examples could you include in your response?
  • How can you maintain respect for your current company?
  • What reason could you begin your response with?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Sample Answer

Here’s an example of the question, “What are you looking for in a new position?”

I really enjoy the challenges and teamwork of my current job and I think I have grown my management skills. However, my hour and a half commute has become taxing. I want a position that is closer and where I can use and continue to develop my skills.

 

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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