I have a problem (sic!). There is this resume form with a question "why do you want to change job" on it. How should I answer this? The real answer is that my current employer is terminating all activities in the country, and therefore I'll soon be in problems. Another answer is that I have learned Java for quite some time (3yrs everyday expierence, a high score in SCJP, etc), just to switch from those scripting (aka PHP) languages to something more serious and exciting. BUT.. It's obvious that I can't write that I am applying because of the financial problems in my company, and I'm not that sure about my second point either. Any advices?
Lay out for them a vision of your career path and how working with them is a part of that journey (best if they are also the final destination).
There's not many ways to put why you are leaving in a positive light, so don't linger on it. Focusing on you current job tells them what you don't want, while focusing on your career plan tells them what you do want. Which do you think they would rather hear?
Employer:leans back in chair, leafing through 2-page resume with slight disinterest - "So, Mr. Doe, why do you want to change jobs?"
John Doe:anticipating the question, John Doe smiles and recites the answer which he'd been waiting for throughout his career - "I have numerous goals in life, from owning my own home, raising a wonderful family and achieving success in my chosen career path. I have the motivation and the ability to make these goals a reality, and with the right company, I will achieve them. For the most part, the relationship I share with this company is symbiotic in the truest sense -- I'm determined to use my knowledge and skills to bring success to the company, while at the same time, the company has my interests in mind, and does its best to enable me to meet my life goals. I am not satisfied with my current situation, and I'm looking for a new opportunity to utilize my skills and create a successful relationship with a new employer. I'm simply not interested in settling for anything less than the best, and this is what brought me here."
Employer:grins, and says quite matter-of-factly - "Can you start on Monday?"
Thanks, Geoffrey, Marc, Jeffrey for your opinion on this. I'd choose Jeffreys answer I were not afraid that HR manager could spot that a candidate feels extremely comfortable answering this kind of question.
Confidence is tricky animal, Toms. It is a highly-abused commodity and by this I mean, if you come to my interview, blowing sunshine up my butt about how good you are, at the very least I'm skeptical, and most likely, my attention would be diverted to the next resume in the pile. If however, you have the discipline and poise to control yourself, until I provide the cue, you may just have a shot at the big time. AND WHAT IS THE QUE?
Well, it's questions like why do you want to change jobs? tell me about yourself. why should we hire you? These are setup questions. You are being set up to recite that which you've been waiting to recite all your life. So many folks never pay attention to these questions -- they simply rely on stock answers, safe answers like I have x years experience in this and that; or I'm looking for a challenging career; or I'm dedicated and ready to do whatever I need to do.. Blah blah blah. If it's Acme Software Development you just might get hired, but if you're looking to get on-board with the best, you've got to be better than every other name in that resume pile.
Wait for the interviewer's cue. It may or may not come. But if it does, my friend, you've got to be ready to give one of the best, no-nonsense, award-winning answers you've ever given. Rehearse. It works wonders. And above all else:
don't be afraid to be different. [ November 30, 2004: Message edited by: Jeffrey Hunter ]
You've heard your employer is working to close down your department and lay you off so you start looking for another job: you're proactive. You learned Java and want to use your knowledge: you're not afraid of a challenge.
Why does your bag say "bombs"? The reason I ask is that my bag says "tiny ads" and it has stuff like this: