How to frame answers in a lateral interview with a direct competitor for why leaving? Don’t want to sound negative about current firm, but real answers are culture-related

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I usually spend close to an hour preparing for an interview with my candidates. This is one of the three or four top lateral interview questions, so it's a great topic. Short answer (DM me for more-I can't stress enough how important prepping is): frame everything in the positive by saying what you are moving toward, not what you're running away from. For example, I enjoy my work and have earned great experience and now I'm interested in joining a larger firm with a sophisticated M&A group that offers a hard - working but collegial culture and mentorship. Any panel will be able to read between the lines to understand from it what you're not enjoying/receiving at your current firm, and you stayed completely positive. Best of luck!

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