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When a recruiter or a hiring manager ask you, "why are you looking to leave your current role?" What are some responses people give? Frankly, I hate this question....for me its always about more money, but I feel compelled to have to give them a bs answer like a better corporate culture, etc. Any better ideas?

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Personally, as a hiring manager, I like knowing what drives someone. If it is money, at least then I can try and help them continue to achieve that. It is not my main motivation but I get it. That said, I would augment that with a couple of other things that are also important to you. They may even be things you already have in your current environment, but mentioning them as something you are looking for helps ensure culture fit and may reduce fear that you will hop soon for a better offer. You can word those things like, “I also have always been lucky to have great culture and am really curious and eager to explore other corporate environments to get a broader experience of the variety that exists.” Or something like that. So you are not blasting your current org but are saying this is also important to me.

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Oooo that’s good stuff!

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While the question is about your current role, the answer should always be phrased as what you're looking for in a new role. Growth, skills, culture, empowerment, type of work...all of those things sound aspirational in a wish list; however, those same things sound like petty complaints in a review. You don't want to bitterly complain about your ex on the first date.

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Bingo. I came here to say this. Always use that question as a way to show how you're looking for exactly the thing the new job is offering and what positive attributes you contribute as related to that. ie: Exciting culture = say you're collaborative. Growth opportunities = talk about how used learning to help a project/mentored others. Good luck!

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I go with the general approach to every interview question is answer “Why should I hire you?” So I usually say “While I love my current work at ____ I’m really excited about this opportunity at your org because it will let grow in ____ and I think my skills in ___ can really add value.

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I just googled this yesterday for my screening interview with a competitor and here’s what I came up with. I used some of the below (the boss stuff in particular) and I think it went well… Why do you want to leave current job? “While I’ve gained important skills in my experience with this role, such as X and Y, I want to focus more on honing my leadership and Z skills. I’m excited that this role provides more opportunities to grow those skills.” “I love my role and coworkers, but I’ve come to a point where there are no longer growth opportunities on my small team. Can you tell me a bit about growth opportunities for this job, and what the company does to develop employee careers?” If your are leaving due to a bad boss (like I am): I realized the leadership of my team was going in a different direction, and I’m interested in working in a more collaborative environment. It was a hard decision to make because I love the mission of the company, but I ultimately think this is the right choice. And a few more: • I feel undervalued in my current role • I’m seeking a new challenge. I’m doing work that doesn’t fit with my skills and abilities (example: I’m not doing much X these days) or isn’t challenging. • I’d like a job with better career growth opportunities

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Thanks! Good stuff. I did tweak the leader wording; the recruiter seemed to understand what I was getting at. I’ve been there for five years, so I focused mostly on “looking for a change” and wanting to do more of the work in the new company job description than I’m doing now (example: I have solid writing skills that are being underused in my current role; this new job has a lot of writing required). I also said more than once that ACN is a great company and I have nothing bad to say about it at all. Agree that keeping it positive is the way to go!

About to start a new job with a new company after being with my firm for only 8 months. I say, “though I haven’t been with my firm for a long time, I’ve been there long enough to know it’s not where I want to be.” And then go on to why the prospective position is a better fit and more in line with my profession passions.

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Probably not the good answer but I went straight ahead and said I am compensated fairly lol

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At least you are honest and a straight shooter. And some may like that.

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You can make it about the money without saying so. With the caveat that I’m at the same company for almost 20 years now - here’s a version of what I’ve said each time a recruiter has reached out: “I’m happy at my firm and at my current role, and I’m not actively looking for something else. It would take a lot for me to leave, but I’m always open to talking because who knows when something really compelling will come up?” That puts it back to the recruiter or interviewer to ask what you’d find compelling in a new role instead of having you describe why you want to leave.

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More money 💵💵💵

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Growth - looking to take the next step.

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I always say growth and learning opportunities but in a fancier way 😅

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As a M/SM, I love the engagement work but do not want to be on the sales side of Consulting… Know i will not be here forever and this is a great opp for x y z

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A stellar answer “I wasn’t actively looking, but I saw the job posting and got really excited about it.”

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People always answer this by saying they are not getting enough opportunity to grow in their current role. And everybody buys that.

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Often, it’s true! It’s why I’m exploring…

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I always say I’m looking for a bigger challenge

I actually came out and said to the recruiter, “I have nothing negative to say about Accenture. Accenture is a great company.” Like so many, I’m looking because of my boss, not because of Accenture.

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I always hear non-answers like “new challenges”

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