The “Why Did You Leave Your Last Job” Question

Hiring managers love the ‘Why did you leave your last job’ question. As an interviewer, too many people are willing to tell all, and those stories explain a lot about a candidate.

Anthony in Been Fired Lately? says it’s not a big deal–everyone’s been fired. And for many candidates, I would agree. But here are things I’ve heard as a hiring manager:

  • “Well, I didn’t like the work my boss gave me, so I stopped coming in.”
  • “I had too much school work, so I stopped working.”
  • “I didn’t agree with my boss.”

I like asking the question to see what kind of an answer I get, to see if it’s something I want to check in the interview or in the reference.

And for the record, I was fired twice and laid off once. The firings were called layoffs, but since I was the only one laid off, I’m pretty sure I was fired. I have not had to fire myself yet 🙂

One Reply to “The “Why Did You Leave Your Last Job” Question”

  1. This is always a question that I prepare for mentally before the interview actually starts. It seems to me as though it is asked at every interview. It goes hand-in-hand with “Why do you want to leave your current job” if your still working and looking for something else. The way I answer that question is to say to myself, no matter what happened with my last job, be as positive as I can because someday this person or company I’m interviewing with will be my last job.

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