Ask an Expert: How Do I Answer 'Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?'

Why Did You Leave Your Last Job
Why Did You Leave Your Last Job

Job seekers are commonly asked, "Why did you leave your last job?" or "Why are you leaving your current position?" And most job seekers aren't sure how to answer these questions. Is there a right or wrong answer? Is honesty always the best policy?

Job interviews are a delicate balance of preparation and spontaneity. You should always arrive at an interview knowing how you want to present yourself and ready to answer the usual questions, which usually require you to name your biggest weakness or where you want to be in 10 years. Yet, you don't want to come across as nervous and stiff by delivering a memorized speech, either.