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Old 11-16-2015, 08:44 AM
 
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So a question that comes up every time, is why are you looking for a new job.

What would be the best way to answer that?

Im typically brutally honest, and I come out and say I am looking for the right company culture and size of company. Those are my motivating factors.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:49 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I've heard not to hate on your previous or current position in an interview but if they're looking for an honest person you have to feel like telling them you hate it. I'm as honest as you are. Been honest at the wrong time and got fired for it. I guess if you're religious you know where you're headed.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I'm looking for a new opportunity to further my career, or something along those lines.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:53 AM
 
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Yeah but everyone probably says that.

One thing I came up with was that I want my work to be impactful and noticed. And I need the right culture and size to do it.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:57 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I can tell you as a hiring manager that I would not be impressed by your honesty. Your motivating factors should be expressed as some of the reasons why you want to work for that company you are interviewing with. For the best chances of being hired, tell them that you are not looking for a new job, you are looking for a job there. If asked why you want to work there, the right company culture and size of company are good answers, but also cite facts and figures about them that demonstrates that you have done the research and learned about them. Showing that kind of interest goes a long way. It easy for an experienced interviewer to tell if a person really wants to be there, is just looking for "a job" or is just going through the motions to ensure continuation of the unemployment benefits. I have hired several people that have worked out to be great employees who were really not the best qualified on paper or after the interviews, but their sincere enthusiasm for working here moved them to the top.
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:15 AM
 
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So the way I worded it was, I love the work I do and I enjoy the company I am working for. But I am looking to work for a company this size so I can have more impactful work within the company. Fish in a pond vs an ocean.
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:25 AM
 
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I like Hemlock's answer better than mine. Ignore mine.
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:11 AM
 
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Hemlock hit the nail on the head! Nothing else needs to be said.
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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"For the best chances of being hired, tell them that you are not looking for a new job, you are looking for a job there. If asked why you want to work there, the right company culture and size of company are good answers, but also cite facts and figures about them that demonstrates that you have done the research and learned about them."

But some jobs are for companies that are small, difficult to research, and not in the news very much. How can you honestly say you like the company culture when you don't know what the company culture is?
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:27 PM
 
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I show my enthusiasm and the fact that I want to grow within their company. I want to demonstrate my ability to learn and being a team player.
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