6 Things You Should Always Lie About in a Job Interview

2. Why are you looking for a new job?

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It’s said that people quit their bosses, not their jobs. Perhaps your previous boss was a micromanager, played favorites, or simply took you for granted. No matter the poison, the hiring manager will see red flags if you start describing your old boss like this. What you consider micromanaging might actually be a problem with authority. Playing favorites could really mean you were seen as a weak link. Seeing yourself as taken for granted might reveal an entitlement complex. It’s a tricky job interview question you’ll have to answer with finesse.

Sure, you want a better work environment that comes with higher pay, but think of the question from the hiring manager’s perspective. Using this question to showcase your skills and sincere desire to achieve more with a new company will go further than criticizing your previous employer. Answer the question by saying something nice about your previous employer, then move on to what you’re looking for long-term and how this new job opportunity fits your search. The point to convey is that not only are you the perfect person for this position, but the position is the perfect role for you and your long-term career ambitions. Turnover is a costly business expense hiring managers want to control as much as possible.

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