Do you mention in interviews ("why are you looking for a new job" questions) that you've been laid off? Good way to navigate this question?

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1. Please don't give the empty response VP1 suggested. It comes across as BS.

2. I don't think I've ever asked a candidate why they're looking for a new job, though I usually ask what they're looking for in their next role.

3. The most useful responses I get are some variation of: "I've done abc successfully and I'm hoping to build xyz experience therefore I'm looking for a role where I can apply my abc skillset and develop xyz"

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Ugh, that's such an awkward question because the truthful answer is oftentimes "I'm unhappy with my current situation."

Asking what you're looking for lets me get a better understanding of why you think this role is a good fit for you, which is much more useful to me in assessing your candidacy.

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I would answer with -

I’ve always been a curious person. That curiosity has pushed and pulled me in different directions but ultimately my journey has been very successful as you can see from my resume. I’m here again, looking at curiosity wondering if your company will be the next successful step in my journey. With that being said, I’m curious, why are you looking to hire someone outside the company versus promote someone within.

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I’ve been an interviewer for a couple firms now and can tell you that I (and any other interviewers I’ve worked with) would put you in the “no” pile so fast if you flipped the question on me like that. It’s fair game at the end of the interview for interviewee questions, but not when you’re responding to my question. I’ll just think you’re either not smart at judging the situation or you’re being a smart ass

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Or you can go with covid-19 forced mass lay offs

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In these times, I would say this if your situation fell in the right timeframe. But be careful w it too because they may know they were letting go of “low performers”. I would say use this if you’re currently laid off and need to basically provide a “how” in response to something like “what are you doing now” or “why did you leave your last job”.

I think frankly it’s harder to avoid the discussion that you’re not there anymore currently working. So you almost always have to admit the lay-off somewhere

I was laid off in industry when I was interviewing with Deloitte. I was upfront. I was very clear why I wanted to get into consulting and my interviewers appreciated the honesty. Fortunately, in my case I had started the process before the lay off. It may have helped too.
I would say you don't need to volunteer that information but don't lie either. If they ask you what you're currently working on or something similar, only then say it. And follow it up with " I am using this time to learn XYZ......or I am developing ABC skills....." and make sure you're actually doing it.
Good luck!

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There’s a global pandemic. You have the best excuse ever. I’d be surprised if you were even asked.

I think the question you should be more prepared to answer is why that specific company/role.

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I get this question a lot when I’ve interviewed and mainly I think because people are usually impressed with where I am already being so young in my career (hit manager in industry at 25) so they’re like why do you want to leave? You never want to say anything negative even if it’s true (leadership here sucks, this place is falling apart etc).. always keep everything in a positive light! I always rephrase it as “I’m looking for in my next role.... to continue to grow in my career as my goal is to be...”

That way it shows them I have aspirations and goals and I believe joining this company in this new role will help me get closer in reaching my goal. To an interviewer, it says to me, you’re eager to learn and grow within the company and you want to add value.

You never have to mention you’ve been laid off.

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You can always say you grew in your time there and are now ready to take the next step in your growth trajectory, which is x, y, z (more responsibility, more learning opportunities, a mission-driven org, etc)

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Ok VP2, the advice wasn’t meant to be copied and pasted - put your own story to it.

Your point 3 is incredibly scripted and as someone giving the interview I would read it as someone who read the bullet points on the JD and they are just repeating them back to me and fitting in the right keywords, but if that’s what you are into...

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