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Thread Started by #sarita_thakur12345

i got mail from consultancy regarding job opening she asked me reason why i want to change my job.
yes i m looking for job for following reason
1. i m working in small firm
2. i m only person in hr here
3 here hr department is not well establish
4. location ,its faraway from my house .i m fedup with daily up down
please tell me wht will be the right answer to her question
please help
thank you
20th August 2009 From India, Panipat
In general (if we don't want to give too specific/actual reason)we can say "for better growth & increased responsibility in a new profile with better learning."
or we can say "Professional Growth as well as Personal Growth".
If interviewer asks what do you mean by 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).
20th August 2009 From India, Secunderabad
Hi sarita, On today’s context, majority of the people are switching over jobs for increased paycheck. Why to hide the reality?Pls tell the reason as better prospect.
20th August 2009 From India, Lucknow
Dear Ms Thakur
Normally when we don't want to give actual reason to the employer, we can say "for better career opportunity & Learn Something new." or we can say "Professional Growth as well as Personal Growth".
If interviewer asks what do you mean by professional growth we can say new work environment. with new responsibilities, new challenges and new learning.
For Personal Growth we can say growth in salary and learning through new responsibilities / seniors.
20th August 2009 From India, Pune
thank you very much for suggestions but i want to change this job just becoz of location problem there is proper transportation in this area . it takes two hour from one side thanks
20th August 2009 From India, Panipat
usually u get a thought of change in the job is when u feel that u r doing the same job over years and no growth in personal or professional.
Then the reason u can quote is for better career opportunity where i can grow my career in professional and personal.
20th August 2009 From India, Bangalore
Ok...... Due to the transportation problem, you want to quit the job.......... However, if the existing one is good for all aspects like salary, timings, environment, relationship, responsibilities etc., you think once again your decision..........
Why don't you relocate your house near by office, if its rented? You mould the things like you wish, so that you can win in all areas.
Thanks & Regards,
20th August 2009 From India, Hyderabad
According to Jack Welch, Ex CEO of GE, this is one question that he recommends employers to ask. He says that this would be his most important question.
Whatever is the reason, be honest. If you have been let go say that we had differences and we agreed to disagree. Letting go is not the end of the world. It opens you up to discover yourself. If it was your fault then this gives you the opportunity to make amends and better yourself.
There are no magical answers. Be honest, and let the chips fall.
20th August 2009 From United Arab Emirates, Dubai
you are right i can relocate my house but than my husband will face the same problem
well lets see
yes i m getting good salary ,less work pressure,co-operative management everything is good
thank you
i will tell her real problem than it will up to her if she react positivly or not
20th August 2009 From India, Panipat
Hi Sarita,
In my opinion, speak the truth explaining the details as you mentioned here. It always works for me. Apart from this, we all are human beings and we do understand the problems we are facing in our lives. But, it totally depends how you are going to explain the reason and motive behind changing your job.
Best of luck!!
20th August 2009 From India, Delhi
Dear Sarita,
If we say for better career opportunity, there is a chance for another question. Will you go for another job if you get a better opportunity than this?
Since you are a female why dont you say that your marriage is fixed and the guy is settled near to the new location.
Normally people jump the jobs because of pay and development.
Here you can substantiate by saying that you are going to settle in the new place with your family.
Wishing you all the best for the new job.
20th August 2009 From India, Thiruvananthapuram
Hi Sarita, I believe that what reasons suggested above are enough & appropriate for a switch. Though you have problem with distance but that should not be a reason for leaving for a professional.:)
20th August 2009 From India, Pune
Dear Saritaji;
There are no readymade answers to our day to day life problems. Every time you will need to use your own intellect, considering several factors and situation. Do not bother about rejection from the employer on such foolish ground. Every HR, Personnel and Management employee know such readymade answer for such prescribed question normally interviewers ask. Better concentrate on your skill improvement and that will help you much and your company too. Whatever you answer, answers with full confidence, awareness and also with good heart.
His Blessings;
Sharad Shah
20th August 2009 From India, Ahmadabad
For consultant you need to say that your potential is not utilsed in the current company to its fullest and hence you want to quit the job.
And in future if you are facing direct interview with people of big companies you may give the following answer (after gathering the priliminary information about the compay you intend to join), I feel that i have the required competencies for the job you are offering to me and i can use my knowledge and skill to the best for helping you grow your organisation and while doing so i can also enrich / upgrade my knowldge and experience.
21st August 2009 From India, Surat
Hi friend
This quetion abously asked by every recruiter. You give whatever best reason you fill but take care that it suit companies requirement. for e.g. if you are reason is HR department not properly established. If the new company wants to establish or strenth HR department by recruiting you then its no use of hiring person like you. The main reason to ask this quuetion is waht make you to join this organization give more focus on the interest for joining this organization rather giving sress on the reason for leaving the job.
With regards
21st August 2009 From India, Bangalore
Dear Friend,
It would be better if you would answer this question as "I have acquired knowledge and experience which I would like to implement in the new organization and at the same time want to learn new things in the new organization.
21st August 2009 From India, Hyderabad

Very Important Please Dont Miss it.

Review these typical interview questions and think about how you would answer them. Read the questions listed; you will also find some strategy suggestions with it.

1. Tell me about yourself?

Ans : The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.

2. Why did you leave your last job?

Ans: Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a majorproblem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.

3. What experience do you have in this field?

Ans: Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.

4. Do you consider yourself successful?

Ans:You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others.

5. What do co-workers say about you?

Ans: Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith Company, always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.

6. What do you know about this organization?

This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players?

7.. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?

Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.

8. Are you applying for other jobs?

Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focuson this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is a distraction.

9. Why do you want to work for this organization?

This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term career goals.

10. Do you know anyone who works for us?

Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of.

11. What is your Expected Salary?

A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That's a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.

12. Are you a team player?

You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag, just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point..

13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?

Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I'd like it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel I'm doing a good job.

14. Have you ever had to fire anyone?

How did you feel about that? This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the organization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.

15. What is your philosophy towards work?

The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That's the type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a benefit to the organization.

16. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?

Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.

17. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?

If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved.

18. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization ?

You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship..

19. Why should we hire you?

Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison..

20. Tell me about a suggestion you have made ?

Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.

21. What irritates you about co-workers?

This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great.

22. What is your greatest strength?

Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude

23. Tell me about your dream job ?

Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute andcan't wait to get to work.

24. Why do you think you would do well at this job?

Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.

25. What are you looking for in a job?

See answer # 23

26. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?

Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization, violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections will label you as a whiner.

27. What is more important to you: the money or the work?

Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is no better answer.

28. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?

There are numerous good possibilities: Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player, Expertise,Initiativ e, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver

29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor?

Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

30. What has disappointed you about a job?

Don't get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include: Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.

31. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.

You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for.

32. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?

Probably this one. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another job more than this one.

33. What motivates you to do your best on the job?

This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examples are: Challenge, Achievement, Recognition

34. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?

This is up to you. Be totally honest.

35. How would you know you were successful on this job?

Several ways are good measures: You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Your outcomes are a success. Your boss tell you that you are successful

36. Would you be willing to relocate if required?

You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career. Be honest at this point and save yourself future grief.

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.

38. Describe your management style ?

Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive, salesman or consensus, can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational style is safe, because it says you will manage according to the situation, instead of one size fits all.

39. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?

Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off.

40. Do you have any blind spots?

Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. Do not hand it to them.

41. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?

Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.

42. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?

Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very well qualified for the position.

43. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?

First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about, bring that up: Then, point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner.

44. What qualities do you look for in a boss?

Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a sense of humor, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. All bosses think they have these traits.

45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute ?

between others. Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled.

46. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?

Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.

47. Describe your work ethic ?

Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.

48. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?

Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Show acceptance and no negative feelings.

49. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.

Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.

50. Do you have any questions for me?

Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? are examples.

And Finally Best of Luck Hope you will be succussful in the interview you are going to face in coming days.

"Never take some one for granted,Hold every person Close to your Heart because you might wake up one day and realise that you have lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones." Remember this always in life.
21st August 2009 From India
First simply asked the same to u why u realy wants to change .Try to find out five whys and then make your reason with the best blend of them .One should be always truthful with reason,at the same time you should link up with your long term professional goals.
All the best
21st August 2009 From India, New Delhi
Dear Sarita,
In that case, you can tell them that other than better job prospects(role, working envn, responsibilities, salary) you also have location constraint in mind. Tell them that you would like to save on the travel time and put it to better such as upgrading your skills by doing some course or carrying out your hobby. This way, the prospective employers will also get a clue that you are a person who prefers work-life balance and believes in spending time on constructive things in life.
21st August 2009 From India, Mumbai
Job change inevitably relates to a mismatch expectation between the emotional gratifications a job should provide, and the reality of what emotional gratifications they experience. This is why cultural and motivational fit are essential
21st August 2009 From Indonesia, Denpasar
I agreed but how can interviewer beleive that after joining here he/she will not change their job after getting better opportunity within less than 2 months
21st August 2009 From India, New Delhi
It is more about building credibility. If you had a good track reecord - Meaning 3 to 5 + years of experience in your previous company, you can say that I was looking for a change because of better career oppportunity. Also, relocation , Family reason ect are good reason if you have only less than 2 years experience. Also I like the answer - Personel and professional growth.
Manoj Elanjickal
21st August 2009 From India
Just mention For Better Prospects and More responsibility later if they ask to ellaborate then you can justify the above reasons logically
21st August 2009 From India, Ahmadabad
Hi Saritha,
As mentioned by others above, please justify with your career opportunities and your interest in HR area (precisely), don't show your frustation level with work environment and etc.
good luck
22nd August 2009 From India, Mumbai
Dear Sarita,

This is the indispensable question that an interviewer asks you to initiate the formal interview. This is something that must be done before the interview starts. The first answer that most of the candidates give is the ‘salary’ or the ‘benefits’ but the interviewer is least interested in this reply. You should have something reasonable to talk about. Again, the correct answer needs your research on the company and the job responsibilities of the advertised position.

You might say: You are interested in the position as it has a definite correlation with your practical knowledge and experience, you are particularly impressed with company’s strong commitment to innovation and growth as well as its plans to expand, You can also add that you feel that this type of environment would challenge you to do your best work. But if you are new starter, don’t try to over-smart. Be humble and say that you are considering your career options at this point and the advertised opportunity has a definite appeal for you, both on a personal and career basis.

Remember, salary & benefits are the main constrains that made you interested in the job but you should not talk about salary or the benefits directly. Convey your message between the lines so that the interviewer focuses on your eagerness towards learning & growth instead of monitoring benefits. Like you can say that you are looking for a career opportunity that is both intellectually and financially rewarding BUT remember you are supposed to justify your career opportunities and your interest in HR not the frustration or the problems you are facing in your position. Don't show your frustration level with work, team member or anything like that, else it give employer an extra edge and you may not get what exactly you want.

Hope you will find the above information useful. Do contact me in case you desire further information. I can be reached at

Fond regards,
Malik, Noman H.
22nd August 2009 From Pakistan, Karachi
Dear MS Thakur,
were you aware before joining the company about long hour travelling from your house to office or office to house.
If you were aware about the fact which you are giving right now then it seems a excuse only.
Make your statement very clear for change your current job
22nd August 2009 From India, Chandigarh
The fact that transportation is a problem for you might pose a problem for bot the agent and new employer as there is no guarantee that the premises of you new employer might move to a new location. Rather user personal/professional growth and indicate that you would prefer a location closer to your home.
22nd August 2009 From New Zealand, Wellington
i m aware of daily up down but at that time i felt i can do it and i dun have any other option rather to join this firm. i felt it will be easy but nw i m finding it too difficult and in winter i have no way else i have to quite my job
than now suggest me
22nd August 2009 From India, Panipat
I have done a project in a leading cellular company where i have contacted arround 150 ex employees of that company and thoroughly discussed the reasons of their leaving. Followiing are the top 5 reasons:
1. Not comfortable with the working style of immediate boss.
2. Got higher package and profile
3. Wanted to study further
4. Proximity from home
5. Most unusual (for me atleast):- Already worked in the company for more than 5 years so "just for change"
22nd August 2009 From India, Ahmadabad
Being a girl u can give reason about transportation. but u should explain it from beginning..... u wasted lots of time of others
22nd August 2009 From India, Ahmadabad
Hi Saritha , When interviewer asking this que just tel them there is no room for growth dats I want to change my job .Instantly tel them give me a oppurntunity to work in your org.
I hope my sugetion will help you .All the best
Regards ,
Aseem Sheikh
23rd August 2009 From India, Manipal
sory for wasting your time ms.neha u gave me 2seconds of your time thanks i have posted this question just to get a appropriate answer. not for wasting time so thanks all
24th August 2009 From India, Panipat
Sarita you are live know if u can read this statement.then write "yes". so that i can make u a better under standing. answer immediately..
24th August 2009 From India, Amritsar
ok any way
its is not a question of sorting problem.
I hope U just consult with your senior authorities.They can you in getting better employee force to make feel comfortable in the same company.
Outside world have their cruel faces with pseudo smiles they going to mug up new comers.
Any every thing shining in the dark sees to be a diamond.
But may you are on gold mine, just try look within and dig up for getting jewelery.Luck of your can give better than wondering in unknown.
Try to make your position strengthen, take best of your alone. Because there is no one to interfere in your work.
other thing,if your are away from home it does not make any difference.People are staying abroad to attain position and money,though you can visit home every week.
24th August 2009 From India, Amritsar
same time reputation makes a man machine and at the last he/she looks for change.Because of unsatisfactory working performance will shunt down and cause illness.
To avoid that one should have a long leave stay away from home as well office and have a move outside.
or do try at some city where in you can watch entertaining things on daily basis.
24th August 2009 From India, Amritsar
Sometimes telling your prospective employer your reasons would only complicate things for you, ie they would believe that with same reasons you might decide to leave within a shot period which they wouldn't want.
I suggest you tell them you are out for more challenging responsibilities in a work environment which gives room for personal growth.
25th August 2009 From Nigeria
Dear Sir/Madam,
This is hemant maharana,now I am working with Sanghvi group of Company
(Builder,Developer) actual I want change my current job,i was joining in
this company last 5 month,but in this company i am working just like
data entry and not giving responsibility,pls Say if interviewer
will askQuestion Why want to changes this company then how to reply interviewer, i will
be glad if u will forward my Question of Answer
Thanks & kind Regards
Hemant Maharana
14th June 2010 From India, Mumbai
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