Interview ?: Why'd you leave your last job?
July 14, 2007 1:44 PM Subscribe
I am planning on leaving my job soon, because I work in a "toxic" environment with a miserable and mean boss. When asked in an interview why I left this job, how am I supposed to respond?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (19 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I have decided to quit a job because my boss has become excessively abusive to the entire staff, and the environment is so negative that I hate going to work every day. Until recently, I've always loved my job (been there seven years) and I'm also very good at it. But enough is enough.
I thought I'd be in this job for a long time, so I'm really starting from scratch in looking for something new. I haven't quit yet... and depending on how bad it gets, could wait until I have a job before I leave.
The place where I work now is actually fairly high profile in the community ~ pretty much anyone I'd be interviewing with would be very familiar with it and would assume it's a really great and fun place to work. It's not my goal to ruin the reputation of the organization or my boss... I just want a new job!
Since my departure from an otherwise thriving program would seem odd, I do want to make sure they know I decided to move on rather than them thinking I was fired.
Without going into details about the actual environment, I'm just curious how I should respond in a job interview when people ask me why I want to leave (or left) this position.