how do I tell interviewers why I’m leaving my job without badmouthing my employer? — Ask a Manager

by | Feb 17, 2023 | Career Advice

FAQ: Is it badmouthing an employer if it is the truth?
– As a general rule, it’s best to avoid answers about disagreements or drama when talking about why you’re leaving your current job, even when you’re not the source of them.
– When interviewers ask why you’re leaving your current job, it’s better to avoid answers about disagreements or drama, even when you’re not the source of them.
– Cite the fact that you’ve been at your current job for at least a few years, and you’re ready to take on something new.
– Look for the most neutral, low-drama way to explain the situation.
– Avoid subjective assertions like “my boss was a nightmare” or “the leadership was in chaos”.
– Talk about what’s drawing you toward the new job rather than away from the old one.
– Whenever you can, go for bland and unmemorable answers.

Summary from www.askamanager.org