This is a huge insight in to who you are and what you are all about. Prospective employers are likely to ask this question to determine if you left, were made redundant or were let go – and why.
It could be simple or complicated, but if it is complicated best to keep that to yourself and answer appropriately. Don’t be negative or speak poorly of your previous employment, even if you left on bad terms.
Statements such as
“I was looking to progress in my career, however there were limited opportunities available”
are great if you chose to move on from the business on your own terms. It can’t be considered bad or a poor choice if you are moving on for better opportunities! This is also ideal if you are still employed and looking for another job.
Its easy for interviewers to assume reasons as to why you may no longer be employed, so its good to set them straight with an awesome answer to highlight why you are the best candidate for the job, because you are!
So it can obviously be hard to be super positive and keep away from the negatives if you were let go from your last job. I say here, it’s best to keep it simple, short and honest. They are looking for alarm bells, such as being unprofessional, untrustworthy, dishonesty, etc. Whatever the reason, it’s a good opportunity to highlight what you learned from the experience and how you are more experienced because of it.
Preparation will avoid the awkward uncertainty, and mean you wont come across as unprofessional or untrustworthy. If you just run with it and don’t answer properly it will be seriously detrimental to your chances of scoring the job.
Example Answer 1:
During my regular performance reviews it was becoming more evident to both myself and my supervisor that my skills were not the best suited for the position I was in. I am excited by the opportunity because I can now put my skills and experience to good use and be a great asset to the business.
Example Answer 2:
In my last job I had reached the peak of progression as it was only a small company, I love new challenges and achieving targets and goals but this was limited in my last position. This position is an exciting opportunity as it has room for progression, room to set challenges and has targets to meet.
In short, keep it simple and honest, oh.. and positive if you can! I wish you luck and hope you get the job of your dreams, lovelies!