Ok question response?

(14 Posts)
snowypenguin Mon 01-Feb-16 08:32:37

When asked why you want to leave current employers?

Can I answer as follows?

Good firm to work for however due to ages of directors - youngest is 62 this year - there appears to be no forward planning, no introduction of young blood to take over. Directors are first to admit they have done nothing.

Being able to work locally is very important to me and I have been considering a move for a year or so.

Note - we live in a farming market town. Employment opportunities are few and far between. Does the above sound ok?

AnchorDownDeepBreath Mon 01-Feb-16 08:35:20

I wouldn't bring ages into it. I'd say that you've enjoyed your time there and it was a good place to work but you're now looking for somewhere with a stronger future plan and more opportunities. And then the bit about working locally.

flowery Mon 01-Feb-16 08:41:32

No. You are stereotyping that the reason for the lack of forward planning is the ages of the directors in question, and that 'young blood' is preferable to directors in their 60s.

At 62 it's entirely possible someone could and would continue working for another 10 years, and there are plenty of very dynamic and forward-thinking people of that age. So it's just your own opinion that they should be seeking someone else to 'take over'.

If you don't like the direction the business is taking, say what Anchor said, but don't blame the ages of those in question.

Eminado Mon 01-Feb-16 08:43:03

I wouldnt write that personally

Madblondedog Mon 01-Feb-16 08:52:51

No, you never insult your existing work place.

You are much better to compliment the existing role but discuss why you prefer the one you are applying to.

For me I say "I love my current role but unfortunately promotion prospects do not exist, therefore I feel I have achieved all I can do so am looking for a new challenge. I am looking for the perfect role for me and I believe this is it because of XYZ"

ThisFenceIsComfy Mon 01-Feb-16 08:56:50

I would just say that you are looking for a new challenge in a forward thinking, dynamic company. You have enjoyed your time at your previous company and have got a lot out of your role but now is the perfect time to move on.

snowypenguin Mon 01-Feb-16 09:11:53

Thanks all for responding. This is very helpful.

snowypenguin Mon 01-Feb-16 09:13:26

I haven't had an interview in 13 years so really nervous.

DesertOrDessert Mon 01-Feb-16 09:15:40

Don't write anything that might apply to the new business. Do you know the ages of the board in new company??

Make it personal, so along the lines nes of what the others have said, looking for new opportunities to develop further

snowypenguin Mon 01-Feb-16 09:20:52

It's not in writing it's just invade it is an interview question.

PrimalLass Mon 01-Feb-16 09:21:59

Criticising their age and talking about 'young blood' sounds very arrogant. Don't say that.

snowypenguin Mon 01-Feb-16 09:47:10

Ok. I get the message. Thank you.

lougle Mon 01-Feb-16 09:49:28

No, never!

"I've really enjoyed my time at x, but when I saw the advert for <job> I was really attracted to it for <insert positive reasons>

Madblondedog Mon 01-Feb-16 09:52:47

Snowy the reason being that if you're saying that about where you work, you may insult them if you worked there then leave. Or you may be difficult if you disagree with management there.

I never realised any of this until DP who conducts interviews told me! I'd have done similar in the past.

Also, if you come across desperate for a new job then they think that if the going gets tough there you might start job hunting again immediately.

Good luck

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