How to Explain Why You Left Your Last Employer in a Job Interview?

How to Explain Why You Left Your Previous Employer?

To tell about the reason of dismissal as honestly as possible and to maintain good chances of employment can be a tricky situation. In this article, we will explain how you can navigate this issue and what you should and should not reveal. The main key is to not be overly critical towards your former employer.

Separate The Facts from Your Emotions

Even if you have left the previous employer on bad terms, it is important to propose such answer to the question about the reasons for leaving. Therefore, even when it comes to a difficult situation, try to tell as much as possible truthfully. Instead of using easy accusations such as “The past job was terrible, my boss was a tyrant,” explain, “It was time to move on as I believe that I had outgrown the business” In such a way you will answer reasonably and succinctly. At the same time, omit any details that can be considered as gossip and hearsay.

Do Not Speak Negatively About Your Former Employer

It’s always advisable to speak as positive as possible about your previous employer. Doing this will always put you in good stead and it will also reflect your personal and professional character. We know that all employers are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, and at some point in your career, you may have felt ‘hard done by’ for whatever reason. This is the time to potentially forgive and move on, as this interview that you are at is a potential new door for you to walk through.

Do Not Criticize Others Co-Workers or Employers

Think twice before exposing facts that will damage the reputation of the former colleague or employer. This is precisely the case when silence is golden and sometimes it is best to keep your silence. After all, your potential employer may evaluate critical remarks about themselves and has every reason to believe that in the future the think you could think the same about them.
Justify your decisions and try to respond with the utmost respect to the experience, skills, responsibilities given to you by the previous company.


It’s Time to Move On

Sometimes we have to realise that we have come to the end of the road at the present company that you are at. Perhaps you’ve outgrown the company, or you may have achieved everything that you wanted to achieve, and now it’s time to simply move on. You can explain to an employer that you have really enjoyed your time but it’s time to seek pastures new and embark on new opportunities.

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