How Do I Explain Why I Left My Last Job?

Question From The Job Seeker

I have a serious problem and need help to deal with it efficiently so that I can advance my career without doing any more harm than I probably have done already. I am a web developer and had been working in an IT firm for the last six months. Before that I worked in another firm where the work was good and the pay was mediocre, but the environment was excellent. However, when I shifted to this firm I could immediately see the difference in the attitudes of the people in the two firms. Here no one wants the other to succeed and most of the employees are busy in leg pulling and backbiting. However, the thing that totally drove me crazy was the attitude of mu boss. He was an arrogant man who constantly berated be from the day that I walked in and made my life miserable. Any ideas that I gave were immediately rejected by him and he often degraded me for coming up with such ideas. I also noticed that if his favorite employee gave the same idea as min, he would appreciate him immensely. Moreover he never gave me clear guidance and became furious with me if I failed to comprehend some part of the job. Eventually my patience ran out and I walked off in frustration without even giving the two week’s notice. Now I am faced with the dilemma as to how to explain why I left my job without finding another one, during job interviews. I would highly appreciate if you can guide me to the right answers.

Hassan Ghulam

Answer From Rozee Team

Dear Hassan,

It is true that explaining to the interviewer why you left your last job can be hard, especially when you do it without even giving notice to the employer. However, your situation is not beyond help and some effective measures can be taken to resolve the issue. Feeling undervalued and unrecognized at work is one of the most common reasons why employees quit their jobs. The only thing you have to do is to make sure that you are prepared to answer the question confidently and truthfully. Keep in mind that you have to appear professional in front of the interviewer. Here are a few tested and tries tips that will help you with the problem.

Be concise:

Make sure that you have thought about the answer to this question and have prepared a response. Give a brief and honest response, not more than two to three sentences. If you start rambling, it may seem that you are trying to justify the reasons or that you are being untruthful. Always be direct and focused while answering such a critical question and try to sound positive.

Don’t badmouth your boss:

Regardless of the reasons you left your job, don’t speak badly or criticize your previous employer. Doing so makes the interviewer wonder if you will be bad-mouthing his company when you leave this job. Sugarcoat everything you say so that the interviewer does not get a bad impression. Try using statements like, “My boss and I had very different opinions on how to do things and found it mutually benefiting if we parted ways”

Take responsibility:

You should be prepared to take responsibility for your part. Blaming everything on the boss and the company leads the interviewer to conclude that you are hiding something since there are always two sides to a story.

Be honest:

You have to keep in mind that you cannot lie about the reasons why you quit your job. The managers might decide to look into the references provided by you and might even get in touch with your previous employers. If it happens and you have lied, you immediately stand to lose the chance of getting the job.

We hope that you will find the suggestions provided above useful in your job search.

Best of luck!
Rozee Team