Interview Question II : why did you leave your previous company you were attached to?
I have an interview scheduled tomorrow for airline cabin crew. if the interviewers were to ask you on the above-mentioned Q, what would be your most probable respond? it doesn't need to be your actual fact, maybe just to impress them abit with creative answer(s).
Perhaps multiple answers would be good i think.
Would you share with me pls. thanking in advance :)
Asked By: Kahar Cairel - 5/10/2007
Your previous answerers suggest that you hit them with some variation on the "I need a greater challenge" response.
As good as It sounds, I would hesitate to use it, myself, because I can see how it could possibly backfire.
Your interviewer could very well hear that and pass you over, thinking, "Well, if if I hire this person and he decides that THIS job isn't challenging enough, then he'll be gone, so I'd be better off with someone who's more motivated to stick around regardless of the level of challenge."
Here's one I use - which just happens to be TRUE in the case of the job it refers to - that has been received well:
"I virtually 'worked myself out of my position'. There was a lot of confusion, wasted effort and duplicated functions in that position at the time I took it over. When I got the bugs ironed out of it, as they say, it no longer took up a full 8-hour work day, and the company had no other place to put me, so I had to turn it loose to seek full-time employment."
Employers KNOW it is not the stable work market out there that it used to be, and jobs can be lost for a wide variety of reasons. Overall, though, I have found that an involuntary separation that is NOT your fault IN ANY WAY, goes over as well as anything. It shows the interviewer that you would still be on that job if something beyond your control had not pulled it out from under you. That shows job stability and they like that.
Some of the reasons I have lost jobs like that are:
The senior partner died and the junior partners dissolved the company.
The company's product changed, making my position obsolete and there was no other vacancy available.
I was hired to replace the boss's wife as office manager because she wanted to go out and sell real estate. Three months later, she hadn't sold a thing, so she was back in and I was out!
My supervisor quit and moved to Lake Tahoe, so the owner exported all the jobs in the department to their Wisconsin branch.
The business was bought out by a company in Detroit and shut down.
The owner of business A just bought business B. He had a full staff for business A, but hired me as an expeditor to get business B running smoothly. He later decided to merge the two businesses and, in doing so, found himself with ONE business and TWO staffs.
I was hired as personal assistant to a real estate saleslady in March of 2000. In May, she decided to take the whole summer off and spend it travelling, so I was laid off.
I would not necessarily recommend ALL of those, but they ARE legitimate situations that HAVE happened to me.
I would say to consider ANY kind of involuntary lay-off type of situation that does NOT reflect badly on you in any way. It shows the potential employer that you really WANT a job you can STICK WITH.
However, with mass communication being what it is today, backgrounds and references are extremely easy to check out, and fudging on your job application is extremely easy to detect, so your best bet is probably the TRUTH. Just put the most positive spin on it that you can.
Answered By: monarch butterfly - 5/10/2007