:!: What is the best answer to the question "why are you looking for a change?". What the employer is looking for?
30th May 2009 From India, Mumbai

Ash Mathew
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Hey commmooonnn Alok.........this is like asking someone just getting married--why do you like this person? Everyone has his/her own reason for (1) getting married (2) choosing THAT particular person.
30th May 2009 From India, Hyderabad
depends on whether ur able to impress the employer or not, tell anything or just smile but impress the employer
30th May 2009 From India, Pune
TRAPS: Never badmouth your previous industry, company, board, boss, staff, employees or customers. This rule is inviolable: never be negative. Any mud you hurl will only soil your suit.

Especially avoid words like “personality clash”, “didn’t get along”, or others which cast a shadow on your competence, integrity, or temperament.

BEST ANSWER:(If you have a job presently)

If you’re not yet 100% committed to leaving your present post, don’t be afraid to say so. Since you have a job, you are in a stronger position than someone who does not. But don’t be coy either. State honestly what you’d be hoping to find in a new spot. Of course, as stated often before, you answer will all the stronger if you have already uncovered what this position is all about and you match your desires to it.

(If you do not presently have a job.)

Never lie about having been fired. It’s unethical – and too easily checked. But do try to deflect the reason from you personally. If your firing was the result of a takeover, merger, division wide layoff, etc., so much the better.

But you should also do something totally unnatural that will demonstrate consummate professionalism. Even if it hurts , describe your own firing – candidly, succinctly and without a trace of bitterness – from the company’s point-of-view, indicating that you could understand why it happened and you might have made the same decision yourself.

Your stature will rise immensely and, most important of all, you will show you are healed from the wounds inflicted by the firing. You will enhance your image as first-class management material and stand head and shoulders above the legions of firing victims who, at the slightest provocation, zip open their shirts to expose their battle scars and decry the unfairness of it all.

For all prior positions:

Make sure you’ve prepared a brief reason for leaving. Best reasons: more money, opportunity, responsibility or growth.


1st June 2009 From India, Madras
Whatever you answer, it should shows your positive attitude. Your answer should not reflect any negative thoughts about your former employer.
You can answer in following way:
I have learned many things from my last job. However now I am looking for new challenges. So that I can utilize full of my potential and also can widen up my skill set.
1st June 2009 From India, Delhi
There have been scenarios where have the following has been chosen as the best answer (but make sure it suits your need :-), and you dont get trapped with questions later)
Top Talent needs a Company that has the right resources and strategies to identify, coach and retain the best people. I would be more than happy to know that I was identified as a good player - if I am selected, and even more happier to discover that I have a greater scope of growth, and opportunities to perform and re discover self talent.
Well... my answer to this current company was: (during interview)
I really did not look for a change immediately, but since the recruitment activities have been freezed due to recent economic scenario, I am forced to see what better option lies ahead to make sure my talent is retained.
1st June 2009 From India, Madras
The possible reply to the question of "why do you look for a change", would be:
"I want to grow in the ladder of learning and achieving greater heights which will benefit both me and employer as well"
"I want to grow with the organization where I have mostly been given freedom to excel my energy with a great extent for the achievement and goals of the organization".
"The reply should vividly indicate individual and organizational objectives when answering these type of questions"

1st June 2009 From India, Madras
you need to LIE in such a way that your reply pleases the interviewer, without badmouthing about your previous company or staff. Try to gain trust in their eyes...
1st June 2009 From India, Delhi
Those all answers are correct ...but I generally use this reply
"We agree to disagree on certin issues" ...pitching for a job
In case employer ask wht issues then i do potray my differences but again with the good selected word so as to sound positive....
1st June 2009 From India, Coimbatore
My answer to my current and last employer was... (its my 3rd job)..
"To be honest..i am not looking for a change..it is really on you to give me an opportunity that compels me to change from my current job which i really enjoy and join you"
Mind you it was a statement made when it was still considered as an employee's market :)
1st June 2009 From India, Mumbai

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