Tips: The interviewer wants to know why you want to work for their company. When asked about why you are moving on from your current position, stick with the facts, be direct and focus your answer on the future.

Examples of the Best Answers

Here are some examples of good answers to the said interview question. Ultimately, you should aim to frame your answer in a way that makes your interviewer feel confident that the position you're interviewing for is in line with your personal and professional goals.

Option 1

I was very fortunate to be hired by ABC Company right out of college. They taught me a lot about digital marketing, and it’s been stimulating to work as a contributor to their creative teams. However, I’m ready for the next step. I’ve always been a leader. I think I’m ready to move into management, but ABC Company already has very talented managers in place, and they won’t be leaving such a great employer anytime soon. I’ve completed supplemental management training courses during my time there, and I know I can hit the ground running as your next digital marketing manager. 

Option 2

I found myself bored with the work and looking for more challenges. I'm an excellent employee and I didn't want my unhappiness to have an impact on the job I was doing for my employer.

Option 3

I'm looking for a bigger challenge and to grow my career, and I didn’t feel like I could give equal attention both to my job search and to my full-time work responsibilities. It didn’t seem ethical to slack off from my former job in order to conduct my job search, and so I left the company.

Option 4

I was laid off from my last position when our department was eliminated due to corporate restructuring.

Option 5

I'm relocating to this area due to family circumstances and I left my previous position in order to make the move.

Why these Work? 

This potential employee didn’t say anything bad about his former employer. The employee cast himself in a positive light by saying that the dissatisfaction felt with the previous job shouldn’t impact the former employer.