Employers Want to Know Why You Quit, So Prepare a Positive Answer

When you go into a job interview, be prepared to answer why you left your last job. ©iStockphoto.com/AlexRaths

When you go into a job interview, be prepared to answer why you left your last job. ©iStockphoto.com/AlexRaths

If you are in the process of finding a new job in the supply chain discipline, then there are a lot of questions that you are going to have to prepare for when you get called in for a job interview. One of the questions will be why you left your last job. The following are a few ways to prepare a positive answer.

There are three reasons why you left your previous job – either you quit, you were laid off, or you were fired. If you quit your position, you’re going to want to mention why you quit. Make sure that you emphasize the positive reasons for quitting instead of highlighting any negative reasons if there were any. For example, explaining that you’re looking for new challenges, new experiences or are looking for a different way to pursue your dream job. 

If you were laid off, talk about the circumstances. Employers tend to understand that being laid off is often beyond your control, whether it was because your company had to make major cut backs due to the loss of a client or because there was a change in direction of the company’s strategy, to name a few reasons. Some of the most talented and skilled employees have been laid off at one point or another.

If you were fired, you’ll want to be very careful with how you answer the question. You’ll want to explain any extenuating circumstances, but do so without trying to put the blame for your firing on someone else – this won’t look good. In fact, avoid putting the company that fired you down in any way. The hiring manager isn’t going to want to hire someone who might speak ill of the company should they be fired. If you were fired because expectations or requirements changed after you came on, explain this. Make sure you explain what you learned from the experience.

Use these tips to prepare a positive answer for why you left your previous job. Contact us at Optimum SCR for advice on finding a new job in the supply chain discipline.

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