deepak_dwivedi9 Started The Discussion:
Dear All,

Generally this question is asked by Human Resource professionals, while interviewing candidates, what is the reason to change the job. Incase of HR guys, if attend an interview and such question askes, wat would be your answer?? would you speak the fact?? If yes, most of the cases are hikes in salary, dissatisfaction with the job profile, fed up with recruitment and boss's behaviour is wierd or you will give a fake information for the reason get the job.

Please think over it and requesting you all, whoever come across this post to give atleast a two lines reply with the answer..:icon5::confused:

Posted 11th June 2008 From China
Dear Ramya, It seems you are making the reason an answer. Question is why do you want to change the job and i think the answer to change a job, doesn’t sound good.
Posted 11th June 2008 From China
Hi Deepak,

If I would go for any interview, I would simply say that I am looking for a change so that I can explore more in HR. Because in my present company, I am reporting to VP HR (though I am a Sr. Executive HR), and the scenario in my company is so, that I will not have any growth in near future, as my VP is the decision maker and I am a kind of secretary to her.

Now if my interviewer would grill me further, I can go in depth, otherwise this is the reason I would like to give.
Posted 11th June 2008 From India, Gurgaon
In general (if we don't want to give too specific/actual reason)we can say "for better growth & opportunity with better learning."
or we can say "professional growth as well as personal growth". If interviewer will ask mean about professional growth we can say new work env. with new challenges, new learnings.
for personal growth we can say growth in monetory terms (tangible growth) and learning through new responsibilities (intangible growth)
Hope I have cleared my points properly and pls correct me if I am wrong in any point.
Posted 11th June 2008 From India, New Delhi
If you tell the truth you will never get selected.
So just give any one of the answers

Better job prospects,

Better pay.

Good Company to establish career.

And the hell truth is , once you get the job, no one will bother to ask you, why u changed your job.
Posted 11th June 2008 From India, Pune
Hey.....I think learning is a process which never ends, got a good ideas. All of you hv given a good explanation. Thanks a ton for your valuable support...n reply.
Posted 12th June 2008 From China
[In recent days job change is common to young people.......... so ill not go with any answer like that.......... ill go with "career growth", bcoz where ever we go for the job....... there should be a career growth then only one can learn a lot in his job:-D

With regards


"Always i adore sharing my views with everyone" :-D
Posted 12th June 2008 From India, Kochi
Hey Deepak,

You can say following comments... acc to situation commands...

Good and Big company
- for reputation and working with a bid brand name as you matter.. or to be associated with brand name as yours matters

Change in profile(like MIS executive or something like that)
- for ... i have been working in recruitement for past one year and now i have master in that , its time for me to master in other Hr field also that why???

some middle level company
- for Carrer grwoth and salary hike as in my professional life i require some growth... to rech my deam job and your company provide a perferct platform for same,,,,,

like to have more......

Posted 12th June 2008 From India, New Delhi

if i asked that why i want to change my present job my answer would be,.....

i have learnt many things in that organisation like blah blah blah and to share my knowledge & experience with others and to learn more in HR field i wanted to change my job.

in short for career growth.

Take care
Posted 12th June 2008 From India, Dehra Dun
Dear All,

As you have given good answers, which seem to be fit wid the situation. Don't you think a recruiter may ask something related with the answers as:
1. You want to chage for a better growth, knowledge never stops a person to be trained, nowadyas do you think a person needs a school training. It'a all upto you..e.g. if you are conducting a training on six sigma, you should go through the material to atleast have a view of the same and what I feel that's the only way where we all can learn alot, putting our personal effeorts and by utilising the resources lying around us.
2. You want to change as you have been sucked up with a particular function called recruitment & selection, Performance Appraisal, Training & Development, Employee Welfare etc....and that's the reason you are looking for change. Question can be why don't you try to develop other function in your compnay and believe if you successfully start this, you will be the master of that function...Don't you.

Bye the way I really do appreciate all of yours' view...Have a reat time, but if you are attending an interview with a panel of interviwers, your answer shall be WIDE...should not leave s single space for them to ask questions related...

Keep posting your answers and view, will really help us a lot...
Posted 12th June 2008 From China

The discussion is really very interesting. But i would like to ask few question after you have given reason for your change.

1) For career growth: u want growth in monetary terms or non-monetary terms. If in monetary term which shows that u r changing the job for money which is truth but it also shows your unstability. The HR thinks that u'll leave the job as soon as you get an oppotunity with better salary.

With regards,
Kumar Ashutosh.
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Gurgaon
if you answer like u have learnt many things in that organisation & u want to share it with ppl why don’t u do this in the same comp?
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Gurgaon
never try to blame ur last boss or the policies of the company as the reason of driving you for switching over the job. It really leaves a bad impression of yours in front of the HR.
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Gurgaon
If i'll go for a change, in such case i'll say i am changing the job because of some personal reason or i want to switch over bcoz i always wanted to work with an organization like this, or i am switching over for better growth prospects.
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Gurgaon
HR should be more mature and not always find fault with candidates. They need to understand that sometimes even bcoz of employer employee leaves jobs.
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Pune
If the reason of "better salary" is given, the candidate is always rejected as the interviewer thinks that this person will quit if he gets a better offer.

I think "better profile", "more exposure" or "more learning" would be a good option.

Let me know your views on this.
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Mumbai
if somebody asked me this question, i usually replied,
In my present job profile i cant explore myself , i want challanges and recognization in my profile through which i can prove my competencies.
Secondly, i said, i am looking one mentor who nurture my skill and enhance my knowledge.
if you could suggest me better answer ,please reply.

Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Gurgaon
Hi If its comes front of me I will ans " i want to change becues i want explore more" Thanks & regards, Nisha Singh
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Delhi
Dear Friends,

There is no hard and fast rule that what could be the best suitable answer. Actually it depends upon the situation that in what kind of situation you are facing the interview.

One more thing I would like to share, which I have seen during my entire career that the process of Interview etc. is applicable where the Candidate is new in the market, otherwise nowadays it is Head Hunting which counts very much.
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Delhi
hi deepak, i would say that i am changing the job for personal growth, money, position, new tasks, job environment, for more PR, and last but not least self satisfaction. sadhana
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Delhi
I agree Ravi... Employees leave because they are not happy. The reason of their unhappiness could be financial, cultural or hierarchial. Whatever the reason you give be prepared to justufy it because the chances are that whatever reason you give will be discussed in lenght.

In my personal experience , i have preferred the truth instead of excuses.


Navneet Chandra
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Delhi
Hi, I would say answers like Better job prospects, growth are the most commonly n feasible. Regards, Shivani
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Gurgaon
Hi Deepak,

I've already faced this question,and I replied that in my company there isn't any growth like stage wise , In my company one is HR Coordinator and Second is HR Manager..So I want to go for MNC.

Thanks & Regards,
Dipali Lakhani
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
Almost all of us in same track.............. Can any one post some other resons pls.............. Regards Siva
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Madras

Nice Question ....but fact says you can say the truth. If you say & you give above mention reasons then remarks of HR/Interviewer will be

1.change due to salary hike :More emphasis to money ,then can leave my organization where you will get better package why I should recruit you ?

2.Dissatisfaction with Job profile :What kind of job profile you are looking for.If the new JD includes responsibilities where you don't have work experince & you answer that I've interest to learn those aspects. Then response can be you don't have experince on these factors so why I should I recruit you? This job is a learning place for you once you will learn it you will look for change.

3 Fed up with recruitment: If you belongs to any consultancy or having experince only on recruitment then response can be ....You don't have any experince on other functions of HR.Why I should Hire you? If you are in consultancy then you don't have even experince to work in a corporate industry/ Organizations,don't have idea what can be other HR function & how other Dept. also functions,theoretical knowledge is not enough.

4. Boss behavior is weired :Let me know a situation,if here the interviewer is not satisfy with that ..then,you have attitude problem /cant cope up with the environment. It can be possible you may not adjust yourself with current open position . How many company you will shift you will face this type of situations? How other staffs of your company managing to this situation? Here it will be a negative point on you being a bad team player.

Rectify me if I'm wrong in above mentioned statement.

I think telling truth is digging whole for yourself ,even same in case of fake. So better to tell mix of them..& always think what question can interviewer ask you basing upon your answer .

Seniors please let me know if any other answer a person can say for reason of job shifting.

HR Madam
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Hyderabad
Hi All,
i think best answer is v hv 2 thoroghly study abt d org v r goin 2 give interview & then tell them as every person wants growth in his/her personal/professional life so i m also.& i find ur org providing me a challenging & leaning career where i can optimumly utilize my skills,knowledge & exp. thts why i m here.

Srs. kindly give ur valuable feedback 4 d same.

Darshna Sihag

"In Times Of Trouble...
Dont Say, "Oh God! I've Problem"......
Say, "Hey U Problem, I've God!"
Posted 17th June 2008 From India, Thana

U can say the truth. The following is reason for the change of job.

1. Better salary
2. New Work environment
3. Better Career growth.

Posted 18th June 2008 From India, New Delhi
Hi Deepak, Though i am late for the reply, i would like to add one more point, i.e. to handle more responsibilities and have a strong learning curve. Regards, Dixita
Posted 18th June 2008 From India, Bangalore
First of all, I would really apprciate, your views and valuable suggestions, but seems not a single answer of this question, can really be taken in a possive way by the Recruiter..

Would like to thank HR madam for her valuable narration.....

Keep posting your suggestion, we may get few good answers...

Posted 18th June 2008 From China
Dear Deepak,

The reason for change is career growth ,job enrichment along with hike in salary is the main reason for change.No doubt company brand is also as much important as other factors.

Thanks & Regards,
Manoj Verma
Posted 18th June 2008


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