Editor’s Note: This is the third in a four-part series about how to answer common interview questions. Read part 1 and part 2.
An interviewer may ask the following questions to get some insight into your motivations, attitudes and professional goals.
Why are you looking to leave your current job?
If you are unhappy in your current position, don’t be negative. Instead, acknowledge a positive aspect of your current job. For example, “It was a great opportunity to improve my customer service skills.”
If you are looking for new challenges, be sure to be specific about how this new job will challenge you. For example, “My strengths are in team-building and connecting with others. This job would allow me to work with a larger, more diverse team.”
Where do you see yourself in five years?
This question can be difficult because if you have grand goals, you may be perceived as unrealistic. However, if you don’t have some desire to move forward, you may appear unmotivated. This is one interview question where you don’t want to be too specific.
A good answer will:
- tie your past experiences and strengths to the position
- demonstrate that you are willing to take on new challenges
- show your enthusiasm for building your career with the company
Be positive and realistic when answering these questions. If answered well, you can highlight your drive to learn and grow with their company.